By Keith McShea
With all the success attained by the Nichols girls hockey program this year, including the No. 1 spot in our final winter Power 10 ranking, it should not be a surprise that the Prep Talk Player of the Year is a Viking.
On a team considered one of the nation's best programs, there were several candidates for the award, and the recipient of the Prep Talk Player of the Year award for girls hockey is Julianna Iafallo.
The Vikings went 31-4-3 and won their last 17 games to earn championships in the North American Prep Hockey Association as well as the Ontario-based Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association.
Iafallo, an Eden resident, is headed to Ohio State. A three-year varsity player, she had 30 goals and 21 assists this year to give her career totals of 70 goals and 56 assists. She has been selected to attend USA Hockey National Camps.
She is not the only Nichols player who will go on to high-level collegiate hockey, as evidenced by Madison Sansone (Providence), Brandy Streeter (Union), Annika Zalewski (Colgate), Elizabeth Viola (Division III national champion Plattsburgh State) and Allison Gasuik (Ohio State).
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All Prep Talk Players of the Year will be honored at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed and Janet Snyder of Kiss 98.5. The Prep Talk Awards will honor Prep Talk Players of the Year in more than 30 sports, along with the All-Western New York first teams in football and basketball.
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Iafallo was part of Nichols hockey's visit to PrepTalkTV in March:
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Our Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards will feature a different Prep Talk Player of the Year every day -- until the big night.
The list thus far:
Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards / Prep Talk Players of the Year
May 15 -- Boys soccer: Brandon Galanti, Frontier
May 16 -- Girls soccer: Carissima Cutrona, Williamsville South
May 17 -- Girls swimming: Dina Rommel, Clarence
May 18 -- Boys swimming: Jack Boyd, Canisius
May 19 -- Wrestling: Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, Cheektowaga
May 20 -- Boys bowling: Chad Mee, Frontier
May 21 -- Girls bowling: Haley Carroll, Williamsville South
May 22 -- Boys volleyball: Brian Costello, Canisius
May 23 -- Girls volleyball: Lainy Pierce, Eden
May 24 -- Boys gymnastics: Noah Roberson, Williamsville South
May 25 -- Girls gymnastics: Courtney Bondanza, Lancaster
May 26 -- Field hockey: Giovanna Fasanello, Clarence
May 27 -- Boys cross country: T.J. Hornberger, Lake Shore
May 28 -- Girls cross country: Sophia Tasselmyer, Starpoint/East Aurora
May 29 -- Boys indoor track: Devon Patterson, Williamsville South
May 30 -- Girls indoor track: McKenzie Keuhlewind, Lancaster
May 31 -- Girls golf: Chelsea Dantonio, Lancaster
June 1 -- Boys golf: Adam Patronik, Orchard Park
Today -- Girls hockey: Julianna Iafallo, Nichols
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