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Pezon, Lorence, Morse Ink with Whitecaps

September 1, 2020 - National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) - Minnesota Whitecaps News Release

SAINT PAUL - The Minnesota Whitecaps will have three more essential veterans back for the upcoming season. The 2019 Isobel Cup champions and 2020 finalists have re-signed goaltender Allie Morse, and forwards Meaghan Pezon and Meghan Lorence.

"The Whitecaps are really happy to have this trio of high-skilled and hard-working players back for our next NWHL season," said Minnesota GM and co-head coach Jack Brodt. "Pezon is coming off her best season ever with our club, and Lorence has been a winner at every level - high school, college, and the pros. Every team needs two outstanding goalies, and we have that with Allie Morse and Amanda Leveille. Welcome back, Meaghan, Meghan and Allie."

Lorence and Pezon each had 21 points last season as the Whitecaps went 17-5-2 and defeated the Riveters to advance to the Cup Final. Lorence, who was selected to represent Minnesota in the 2020 NWHL Al-Star Game, had 10 goals and 11 assists over 24 games. Pezon scored 8 goals and added 13 assists.

A member of the 2019 Isobel Cup champions, Pezon played four years at St. Cloud State. In her senior season with the Huskies, she was 12-26-38 in 37 games. Over 137 games in her St. Cloud career, she had 41 goals, 54 assists and 95 points.

"I cannot wait to see what this season has to offer, and I'm honored to be a part of this growing league," said Pezon. "NWHL fans are the best in the business, and I can't wait to play again for the best of the best - the Whitecaps fans who have supported us along the way! I am so excited for the opportunity to be a Whitecap again."

Lorence joined the Whitecaps last season after winning three NCAA championships in her four years at the University of Minnesota. With the Gophers, she recorded 102 points (50-52-102) in 158 games and served as an assistant captain as a senior.

"I'm thrilled to sign with the Whitecaps for another season in the NWHL," said Lorence. "I embrace the opportunity to help grow the game and be a role model for the young female players that dream of being in pro hockey. I'm excited to play the game I love, in my home state and for the best fans."

Morse returns for her second NWHL season with the Whitecaps. She had a 2.01 goals-against average last season. Morse played her collegiate hockey at Providence, playing 40 games for the Friars between 2012 and 2016.

"We obviously have some unfinished business to take care of this year, and I can't wait to help us bring Izzy home in 2021 for the amazing Whitecaps fans," said Morse. "I'm proud to be back with the Whitecaps for season 6 of the NWHL."

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