By Jensen, Randy on May 4, 2017.
University of Lethbridge Pronghorn women’s hockey team added to its recruiting class, as head coach Michelle Janus announced Wednesday that defenceman Ashley Nothof of the 2017 Esso Cup Champion St. Albert Slash has committed to the program.
Last weekend Nothof and her Slash teammates won the Esso Cup in dramatic fashion, beating the Quebec representative Harfangs du Triolet 1-0 in overtime with Nothof assisting on the winning goal. She also picked up another assist during the round-robin portion of the tournament.
“Anytime you can add a player with championship pedigree, it is a huge addition to your program,” said Janus in a news release. “Ashley demonstrated strong defensive abilities throughout the Esso Nationals, she was able to play well with her partner, trading offence for defensive responsibility in many situations.
“Although Ashley played a strong defensive game off the puck, she was able to make good first passes to advance the play in all zones and took advantage of openings in the play to generate offence and create scoring opportunities.”
During the regular season, the five-foot-four Stoney Plain product picked up a goal and eight assists, as the Slash finished atop the Alberta Female AAA Midget Hockey League with a 26-1-2-1 record, 26 points ahead of their nearest competitor.
The Slash went on to beat the Rocky Mountain Raiders in the Alberta finals and the Greater Vancouver Comets to earn the Pacific berth before going undefeated at the Esso Cup in Morden, Man.
This was Nothof’s third full season in the Alberta Midget League. She played the previous two seasons with the PAC Saints before the league dropped down to only six teams this past season.
“Ashley has shown positive skills which will contribute to adding depth and stability to our lineup. She matches up well with some of our more offensive-minded players,” said Janus.
With the addition of Nothof, the Pronghorns recruiting class for next season sits at six having earlier announced local product Kyra Grieg, U18 provincial participants Allison Borrow, Ashley McCabe and Eryn Johanson, and Surrey, B.C. product Alicia Perez.
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