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Top Shelf Episode 22- BB!Worlds and Phoenix P.F. Changs

(CW: Mentions of a coach's emotional/physical abuse from 32:25-33:40) Welcome back to another episode of Top Shelf! Hannah and Michelle talk about the recent world championships and how China performed in their first major international tournament since revamping their program. We fall down another Bulgaria rabbit hole, Hannah embarrasses herself, and we discover another women's hockey league with some pretty incredible team names.


Top Shelf Episode 21- Neck Sweaters

Hannah and Michelle talk about the NWHL regular season and highlight some of the top storylines from 2017-18, including new partnerships, consistency, and how the league did without their Olympians. Also, Michelle makes Hannah cry, neck sweaters, and the Mighty Ducks. Featuring #BestKessel and the Muller siblings.


The Founding 4: Haim and other offseason plans

Mike and I are back with another episode this week. We give a quick overview of what the offseason will look (sound?) like and discuss some NWHL alum currently playing hockey (yes, there is still women’s hockey being played) in the IIHF World Championships. Some of our upcoming episodes will include: •All-NWHL Team, All-Rookie Team, and underrated player selections from Mike and me. Send your selections using #Founding4Pod and maybe we’ll get them on the show. •Team-by-team recaps: We have...


Top Shelf Episode 20 - SDHL #SquadCast

Hannah and Michelle welcome Meredith back on the podcast to talk about the SDHL playoffs and everything we could possibly need to know about the Swedish league. We also bring back the 45 second game recap and a couple of particularly difficult Start/Bench/Cuts. Also, Hannah's mom makes a surprise appearance.


The Founding 4 Podcast: Catching up with Megan Bozek

In our first off-season show, we catch up with NWHL alumna Megan Bozek. The founding member of the Buffalo Beauts won a second consecutive professional title as a member of the 2018 Markham Thunder squad. In a shocking move to many, Bozek was one of the final cuts to the 2018 Olympic roster. She tallied four goals and five assists for Markham in the regular season. She discusses her decision to join the Thunder and what her future holds. We also chat with the Illinois Hockey Hall of Famer...


Top Shelf Episode 19: Team Chaos Playoff Recap

Hannah and Michelle talk about the Isobel and Clarkson Cup Finals (with some special audio clips from Clarkson!), debate about the length of playoff series (Team Chaos) and each take a turn trying to describe a game in just 45 seconds, which goes about as well as you'd expect. Clock noise taken from Public Domain via SoundBible


Founding 4 Podcast Episode 21: The Riveters are Isobel Cup Champions(I can FLY)!

The Riveters are Isobel Cup Champions! That’s right, the team that finished dead last in the NWHL’s inaugural season has now lifted the Isobel Cup. Erica and Mike are ready to break it all down for you. Topics include Alexa Gruschow's unbelievable superwoman goal in the first period of the Isobel Cup Final. Erica interviews the regular season MVP on the ice. Mike whips out the IIHF rulebook to discuss why Buffalo defender Sarah Casorso didn’t get a five minute major for boarding Madison...


The Founding 4 Podcast Episode 20: Bring on the 2018 Isobel Cup Final!

We hope you’re ready for a jam-packed episode of the Founding 4 Podcast, because that’s what we have on the menu for our 20th episode! Oh, and did we mention that we were joined this week by Angelica Rodriguez? Because she's on the show this week and she was great. Make sure to go follow Angie on Twitter (@ReinaDeLaIsla) and read her work at The Ice Garden and at the Victory Press. In this week’s episode we cover... - The 2018 NWHL Isobel Cup Semifinals. The Riveters triumphed at home over...


Top Shelf Episode 18: Triple Overtime Bathroom Breaks

PLAYOFF PANDEMONIUM! Hannah and Michelle talk about the Frozen Four winner and talk about the Patty Kaz (again), break down what happened in the CWHL playoffs, and discuss the NWHL semifinals. Also, we make some bold predictions and end up yelling at each other during Start/Bench/Cut because of course we did. Oh, and we talk about Noora Räty taking bathroom breaks. We're not sure why.


The Founding 4 Podcast Episode 19: the Season Ends and the Playoffs Begin

The NWHL regular season is over and Mike and Erica were all over it in this week’s episode of the Founding 4 Podcast. We also talk about the Beauts signing Jordan Juron, some thoughts on the NWHL award season, and, of course, the 2018 Isobel Cup Playoffs. But first, we broke down the final weekend of the 2017-18 NWHL regular season. The Riveters found their even strength scoring touch in a 4-1 victory over the Pride that was headlined by the return of Miye D’Oench and Madison Packer...


The Founding 4 Episode 18: "Go West, you!"

Hey, Founding 4 Podcast fans! Mike & I are back for another week to chat all-things NWHL. We kick off the episode chatting about the newest rookies in the league, Sam Donovan, and Mallory Souliotis. Both debuted in Boston last week but had slightly different introductions to the pros. In this episode, we also discuss the much improved Boston Pride team and the red-hot Beauts. Each organization is showing as of late why they have ownership of the first two Isobel Cup titles in NWHL history....


Top Shelf Episode 16: Frozen Four Preview

Hannah and Michelle welcome special guest Joe Barbito, who comes on the show to talk about the national tournament. We chat Pairwise, make predictions on who's going to win it all, and ask the most important question we've ever answered: if the Top 3 Patty Kaz nominees were restaurants, what would they be?


The Founding 4 Podcast 17: Can the Pride come roaring back?

Can you believe that there are only two weeks of NWHL regular season action left? After this weekend’s games the NWHL’s regular season wraps up on Saturday February 10. This week on the Founding 4 Podcast Mike and Erica tackle the two statement wins from last weekend’s action. We also sink our teeth into the Riveters’ injuries, head coach Chad Wiseman’s comments about his team playing selfish hockey, the Pride’s power play, Buffalo’s winning streak, the Whale’s offensive struggles, and we...


Top Shelf Episode 15 - Patty Kaz and cookies

In this episode, Hannah and Michelle talk about their post-Olympic thoughts, where we might see Olympic players land, and spend more than half the show on Stump Hannah and mailbag questions. Damn, we had some good questions this week. And of course, we play another round of Bench/Start/Cut.


Top Shelf - Olympic Gold Medal Game Live Show

Join us for a special gold medal edition of Top Shelf! Hannah and Michelle record their live reactions during the gold medal game between Team USA and Team Canada. There's a lot of swearing, a lot of yelling, and a lot of crying. It's mostly happy crying, we promise.


The Founding 4 Podcast 16: Buffalo is on a stampede

The NWHL season is back underway after the 2018 All-Star Weekend and Mike and Erica are ready to talk all about it! In Episode 16 we break down last weekend’s action and set the stage for our first weekend of NWHL hockey after Team USA’s first Olympic gold medal in 20 years. We know that you’re all hungry for more women’s hockey after this year’s unforgettable Olympics. We are too! Mike and Erica also talk about the Riveters scoring four goals for the first time in a long time,...


Top Shelf Episode 12- It's Our Podcast and We'll Cry If We Want To

Hannah and Michelle sing a little, yell a little, and argue a little. So, the usual. We talk about whether women's hockey should stay in the Olympics (DUH), our bronze medal predictions, and who surprised us in the quarter and semifinals. Also, we play more Start-Bench-Cut.


Top Shelf Episode 12 - Muller and Miano Madness

Hannah and Michelle have a couple drinks and talk about USA/Canada, how incredible Alina Müller and Switzerland have been, the craziness that was the Beanpot championship, and more. Michelle also remembers to sing the mailbag song.


The Founding 4 Podcast 15: To Minnesota, and BEYOND!

This week on the Founding 4 Podcast, Erica & Mike recaps the 2018 NWHL All-Star Weekend in Minnesota! Our hosts review the most unforgettable moments from last weekend’s action in Minnesota. Kristen Lewicki ‘s wheels? Sadie Lundquist's crazy handles? Kelsey Koelzer’s 81 mph slap shot? We also chat about the possibility of NWHL expansion out west and give our picks for cities to join the Founding Four in years to come. As always thank you for listening to the podcast. Please check out our...


Top Shelf Episode 11 - Olympic Spectacular

Our Olympic Spectacular is here! We have special guest Meredith Foster on as our official expert on all things Finland and Sweden as we break down each Olympic team. We make medal predictions and toss around some ideas for format changes and how to help #GrowTheGame.


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