Women’s Weekly: 1/6/2011

Agosta, Bryan, and Bestland Are CHA’s Best

Mercyhurst teammates forwards Meghan Agosta and Chrsitine Bestland and Wayne State goalie Delayne Brian are College Hockey Americas’ player, rookie, and goalie of the week for the week ending January 2nd.

Agosta had five assists; while Bestland added a goal and three helpers to lead Mercyhurst to an 8-1 win over St. Cloud State last Saturday. They were the second and third stars of the game respectively. On Sunday Agosta added a goal and assist; while Bestland had one helper in the 7-4 loss to Wisconsin.

Bryan made 39 saves in the 3-2 loss to Wayne Sate on Thursday and followed up with 40 more in the 4-2 loss to Ohio State on Friday.

Hobeika, Holdcroft, and Weber Receive ECAC Honors

Dartmouth teammates forward Jenna Hobeika and goalie Lindsay Holdcroft and Princeton goalie Rachel Weber are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week.

Hobeika added one assist in Dartmouth’s 9-2 win over Connecticut on Saturday and added two goals and two assists; while Holdcroft made 16 saves in the 5-0 shutout of Connecticut on Sunday.

Weber made 24 saves as Princeton skated to a 3-0 win over Boston College on Friday.

Hockey East Honors Friedman, Poulin, and Lanthier

Providence College rearguard Jennifer Friedman, Boston University forward Marie-Philip Poulin, and Vermont goalie Kelci Lanthier are the Hockey East player, rookie, and defensive player of the week.

Frieddman was the first star of Sunday’s game as she added a goal and assist in the Friars’ 2-1 win over Maine.

Poulin scored once and added two assists as BU shutout Brown 4-0 on Sunday.

Lanthier made 22 saves as Vermont edged Union 2-1 on Saturday and added 30 more in the Catamounts’ 3-1 win and series sweep on Sunday.

Badgers Sweep WCHA Awards

University of Wisconsin forward Hilary Knight, defenseman Ann Dronen, and forward Madison Packer are the WCHA offensive, defensive, and rookie players of the week.

Knight had two goals, two assists, and was the first star of the game; while Dronen and Packer added a goal and assist each in Wisconsin’s 7-2 win over Northeastern on Saturday. Knight added another two goals, two assists, and was the first star of the game; while Dronen and Packer added one assist each as Wisconsin defeated Mercyhusrt 7-4 on Sunday.

Badgers Sit Atop the Polls

The University of Wisconsin Badgers top both the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls this week. The Badgers earned 10 of 19 first place votes in the first poll and 10 of 15 in the second. Cornell University received eight first place votes in the first poll and the remaining five in the second to finish second in both; while Boston College was third in both polls with Mercyhurst finishing fourth in the first poll and fifth in the second; and Minnesota-Duluth coming in fourth in the second poll and fifth in the first.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll – #13 (first-place votes in parentheses)

1 University of Wisconsin, 181 (10)
2 Cornell University, 180 (8)
3 Boston University, 140
4 Mercyhurst College, 130
5 University of Minnesota Duluth, 122
6 Boston College, 93
7 University of Minnesota, 64
8 Providence College, 54
9 University of North Dakota, 44
10 The Ohio State University, 19 NR

Others receiving votes: Northeastern University, 12; Dartmouth College, 3; Quinnipiac University, 3.

USCHO.com DI Poll January 3, 2011

1 Wisconsin (10)
2 Cornell (5)
3 Boston University
4 Minnesota-Duluth
5 Mercyhurst
6 Boston College
7 Minnesota
8 North Dakota
9 Providence
10 Ohio State

Others Receiving Votes: Northeastern 8, Quinnipiac 4, Dartmouth 3, Bemidji State 1

Canadian Roster Announced For World U18 Tournament

On Tuesday, December 21st, Hockey Canada announced the roster for the World U18 championships that will take place in Stockholm, SWE from January 1st to the 8th. The players were picked from the 30 players that were invited to attend the camp that Hockey Canada held at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto from December 17th-19th.

Defenceman Erin Ambrose and forward Emily Fulton return to the roster after helping the 2010 U18 team win its first-ever gold medal as they defeated United States 5-4 in overtime in Chicago, IL last April.

Breakdown of team by province:

Alberta (1): Katy Josephs
Ontario (14): Erin Ambrose, Hailey Browne, Sarah Edney, Emily Fulton, Rebecca Kohler, Nicole Kosta, Amanda Makela, Cayley Mercer, Gina Repaci, Sarah Robson, Cydney Roesler, Jennifer Shields, Laura Stacey, Katarina Zgraja
Manitoba (2): Shelby Bram, Meghan Dufault
New Brunswick (1): Sarah MacDonnell
Quebec (2): Gabrielle Davidson, Ann-Renée Desbiens

Eighteen of the players played for the Canadian U18 team that competed against the Americans in the three game series in August (Ambrose, Bram, Davidson, Desbiens, Dufault, Edney, Fulton, Josephs, Kosta, MacDonnell, Makela, Mercer, Repaci, Robson, Roesler, Shields, Stacey and Zgraja), one player who attended the National Women’s Program strength and conditioning camp held in Calgary, Alta., in May (Kohler), and one player who joined the national program for the first time at last weekend’s selection camp (Browne).

Canada’s first game at the tournament is on New Year’s Day as they face Switzerland. They also face Finland and Germany in preliminary round play. The gold medal game is Saturday, January 8th.

Roster

Goaltenders

1 Amanda Makela L 5’7 141 12/20/1993 Thunder Bay, ON Thunder Bay (Midget AA)
30 Anne-Renée Desbiens L 5’9 156 04/10/1994 La Malbaie, QC Quebec (Midget Espoir)

Defense

2 Jennifer Shields L 5’6 146 02/20/1993 Ingersoll, ON Bluewater (PWHL)
3 Sarah Edney L 5’5 133 09/02/1993 Mississauga, ON Mississauga (PWHL)
5 Katarina Zgraja L 5’5 130 07/19/1993 Waterloo, ON Kitchener-Waterloo (PWHL)
13 Erin Ambrose R 5’5 131 04/30/1994 Keswick, ON Toronto (PWHL)
21 Cydney Roesler R 5’9 159 02/21/1994 Stittsville, ON Ottawa (PWHL)
23 Gina Repaci L 5’7 140 05/13/1993 Etobicoke, ON Mississauga (PWHL)

Forwards

7 Emily Fulton L 5’5 144 11/11/1993 Stratford, ON Bluewater (PWHL)
11 Gabrielle Davidson L 5’4 125 02/25/1993 Pointe-Claire, QC Dawson College (CGEP)
12 Shelby Bram L 5’1 112 08/20/1993 Ste. Anne, MB Eastman (Midget AA)
14 Katie Josephs R 5’5 156 03/15/1993 Cochrane, AB Highwood (AMMFHL)
15 Meghan Dufault R 5’3 147 04/17/1994 Winnipeg, MB Pursuit of Excellence (Midget AAA)
16 Sarah Robson R 5’5 132 09/02/1993 Mississauga, ON Etobicoke (PWHL)
19 Nicole Kosta R 5’4 142 02/27/1993 Mississauga, ON Mississauga (PWHL)
20 Cayley Mercer L 5’7 121 01/17/1994 Exeter, ON Bluewater (PWHL)
24 Hailey Browne L 5’5 130 05/13/1993 Oakville, ON Mississauga (PWHL)
25 Rebecca Kohler R 5’11 160 09/03/1994 St. Thomas, ON Bluewater (PWHL)
26 Sarah MacDonnell R 5’6 134 02/23/1993 Quispamsis, NB Brewster Academy (US Prep)
27 Laura Stacey R 5’10 142 05/05/1994 Kleinburg, ON Toronto (PWHL)

Coaches

Sarah Hodges , Head Coach Regina, SK University of Regina (CIS)
France Montour , Assistant Coach Edmonton, AB Hockey Canada, Cassie Turner, Campbellford, ON Quinnipiac University (NCAA)

When the tournament got underway on New Year’s Day Canada began defense of the title that they won last April in Chicago with a 9-1 flattening of Switzerland.

Bluewater Hawks’ forward Rebecca Kohler and Program of Excellence Kelowna forward Meghan Dufault scored twice and assisted on one more each; Bluewater forward Cayley Mercer added a goal and two assists; and Highwood Raiders’ forward Katy Josephs, Bluewater forward Emily Fulton; Eastman Sselects’ forward Shelby Brahm, and Etobicoke Colphins’ forward Sarah Robson added singles for Canada. Kloten Flyers’ forward Phoebe Staenz added the lone Swiss goal. Thudne rbay Queens’ goalie Amanda Makela made 24 saves in the win; while SC Unterseen-Interlaken goalie Sandra Heim stopped 50 of the 59 shots sent her way in the loss.

The US routed the Czech Republic 11-0.

North American Hockey Academy forward Amanda Pelkey led the way with three goals and one assist; Governor Academy forward Alex Caprenter, Missisauga Chief defenseman Emily Pfalzer, Roseau High School forward Abby Ness, and Westiminster School forward Sydney Daniels all had a goal and assist each; and Little Caesars’ forward Shiann Darkangelo and Warrod High school forward Karley Sylvester added singles. North American Hockey Academy goalie Megan Miller made eight saves in the win; while National Sports Academy Lake Placid goalie and HC Pardubice netminder Veronika Hladikova combined for 64 in the loss.

Leksands IF forward Linn Peterson and Hisingens IK forward Emma Martinsson scored for Sweden; while Toyota Cygnus forward Runa Moritake added Japan’s goal in Sweden’s 2-1 victory. AIK Stockholm goalie Sofia Carlstrom made 18 saves in the win; while Daishin netminder Shizuba Takahashi made 39 in the loss.

On Sunday Lady Wings Schwenningen forward Jacqueline Janzen added the hat trick; and EV Ravensburg forward Karina Port added a single as Germany skated to a 4-2 win over Switzerland. EHC Rheinfelden forward Stephanie Kamber and HC Luzern defenseman Lara Stalder added Switzerland’s markers. EV Landshut goalie Nadja Gruber made 18 saves in the win; while Heim made 30 in the loss.

The USA continued on their march towards the final with a 7-1 rout of Japan. Darkangelo added a goal and assist; while Field, Pfalzer, Daniels, Warroad High School Layla Marvin, Carpenter, and Breck School forward Milica McMillen all added singles. Daishin defenseman Ayaka Toko scored the lone Japanese marker. Deerfield Academy netminder Shenae Lundberg made six sves in the win; while Takahashi made and Toyota Cygnus netminder Ai Tokoro combined for 48 in the loss.

Team Canada shut out Finland 6-0 as Toronto Aeros forward Laura Stacey led the way with two goals and one assist; and Dawson College forward Gabrielle Davidson had a goal and assist; Waterloo-Kitchener Rangers’ defenseman Katarina Zgraja, Mississauga chiefs forward Nicole Kosta; and Etobicoke Dolphins’ forward Sarah Dobson all had singles. Quebec Espoir netminder Ann-Renee Desbiens made 10 saves in the win; while Blues Espoo netminder Isabella Portnoj made 53 in the loss.

The last game of the day saw Sweden nip the Czech Republic 3-2. Brynas Gavle defenseman Lina Backlin, Peterson, and Martinsson scored the Swedish goals; while Slavia Prague forward Katerina Solnickova and Katarina Kaplanova added the Czech markers. Carlstrom made 26 saves in the win; while Hladikova made 39 in the loss.

After Sunday’s games Pelky is the scoring leader with three goals and one assist in two games; while Desbiens and Miller are the top netminders with their 0.00 GAA and 1.000 SAV%.

The preliminary round finishes up on Tuesday with four games as Finland hosts Sweden; the Czech Republic faces Japan; Canada takes on Germany; and the USA plays Sweden.

The playoff round begins on Wednesday as 4B faces 4A; 2A plays 3B; and 2B takes on 3A.

On Friday the loser of 2A/3B faces the loser of 2B/3A; while two semi-finalists will be determined; and 4A will play 4b.

On Saturday 4B faces 4A; while the loser of the two semis will face off for bronze; and the winners of the two semis will take to the ice for gold.

European Women’s Championship Cup Awarded to Lugano, SUI

On Monday the IIHF announced that for the first time in the tournament history the final of the European Women’s Championship Cup will be played in Lugano, SU from February 25th-27th at the Resega Rink. The following teams have qualified for the final:

Aisulu Almaty (Kazakhstan), HC Lugano (Switzerland), SKIF Nizhni Novgorod (Russia), and Ilves Tampere (Finland).
The HC Lugano Women’s team celebrates their 20th anniversary in 2011.

Hanson Receives Award

On Monday, December 20th North Dakota announced that former hockey and softball star Casie Hanson was named a 2011 recipient of the prestigious NCAA Top VII Award presented annually to eight outstanding student-athletes who have completed their eligibility.

The award recognizes outstanding athletic, academic, community service, and leadership accomplishments. Recipients are selected by the NCAA Honors Committee, made up of eight athletics administrators at member institutions, in addition to nationally distinguished citizens who are former student-athletes.

Hanson played hockey at UND from 2005-09 and softball from 2006-10. A native of St. Peter, MN, Hanson led the Fighting Sioux softball team to a Great West Conference (GWC) championship in 2010 and was named GWC Player of the Year and the GWC Tournament Most Valuable Player. Hanson, who received her degree in community nutrition, also earned her third ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America honor and was named the GWC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

A two-time Division II softball All-American, Hanson graduated as the program’s all-time leader in batting average (.452), hits (278), home runs (32) and runs scored (133).

During her four years on the Sioux hockey team, Hanson was a three-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Scholar-Athlete and WCHA All-Academic Team selection. She won the team’s Academic Award in each of her four seasons and was named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honoree as a senior. In 2007-08, Hanson was named WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year.

Hanson, who is a currently a graduate assistant coach with the Bemidji State University women’s hockey team, will be honored along with the other NCAA Top VIII Award recipients at the 2011 NCAA Honors Celebration, set for Jan. 14, 2011 in San Antonio.

Previous notable NCAA Top VIII Award recipients include Tiki Barber, Drew Brees, John Elway, Doug Flutie, Rebecca Lobo, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Cheryl Miller, Tim Tebow and Steve Young.

Courtesy of www.fightingsioux.com

North Dakota Adds Four For Next Season

On December 14th North Dakota Head Coach Brian Idalski announced that Warroad High School teammates goalie Shelby Amsley-Benzie and forward Layla Marvin of Warroad, MN; centre Josefine Jakobsen (Aalborg, DEN), and Leah Jensen (East Grand Forks, MN) have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Fighting Sioux next year.

Amsley-Benzie and Marvin led Warroad High School to the Minnesota State High School Class A Championship last season. Amsley-Benzie finished with a 27-1-1 record (17 shutouts), a 1.48 GAA, and 0.973 SAV%; while Marvin added 33 goals and added 51 helpers in 30 games. She currently has a team leading 13 goals and 11 assists in seven games this season; while Amsley-Benzie is 4-2-0 (two shutouts), with a 1.55 GAA, and .913 SAV%. After December 5th, 2009 she went 23-0 with an eight game shutout streak from January 2nd-26th, 2010. Amsley-Benzie is a four time all-academic selection who plans to major in chemical engineering; while Marvin is a four year letter winner in volleyball.

Marvin played in the three game U 18 sereis against Canada in August and will compete for Team USA at the World U18 Championships in Stockholm in January and is the first recruit in program history to have already been part of a National Team. Marvin’s father, David Marvin (1987-1991) and grandfather Cal (1947-1950), and cousin Lee Marvin (2002-06) played for UND; while uncle Mike Marvin played for Brown, cousin Christ Hontvet skated for Dartmouth, cousin Chad Hontvet played at Michigan State; and cousin Gigi Marvin played for the University of Minnesota and Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Jakobsen led the Segaltorps to a championship in 2009-10 in the Swedish National League, a silver medal finish at the European Cup, and to an 11-2-1 start in League play this season. She a scoring threat in the three seasons of playing with the team and she has increased her scoring from 14 goals two seasons ago to 30 last year, and currently has 18 goals this season.

The Swedish League has just finished the first half of their season Jakbosen leads the League in points with 30, goals with 18, is tied for second in assists with 12, shorthanded goals (tied second), plus/minus (+24), third in league in power play goals with four, and faceoff winning percentage (.583). Her brother Julian played for Denmark at the World Championships last year where they placed eighth.

Jensen will become the first East Grand Forks player to suit up for the Fighting Sioux next season and in her freshman year at East Grand Forks High School she set the school record for goals with 24, assists at 12, and points with 36. As a sophomore she broke her own record with 39 goals and 22 assists giving her 61 points and scored 47 goals and lent a helping hand on 14 more during her junior year. Included in that total was a six goal game in an 8-0 win over Detroit Lakes on January 30th, 2010. She is on pace to eclipse that total again this season as she has a hat trick in four of the five games that she played in early 2010-11 with 13 goals and three helpers. Jensen was selected to take part in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 National Development Camps.

Finland’s Michelle Marvinen will also join the team next season after red shirting this season. She tied for the team lead in scoring as Finland won the bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Bemidji Adds Five For Next Season

On December 22nd Bemidji State announced that defensemen/forward Kayleigh Chapman (Virden, MB) and Tegan Rose (Gibbons, AB) and forwards Alexandria Citrowske (Savage, MN), Rachel Kelly (Rosemount, MN), and Whitney Wivoda (Fairbanks, AK) have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the team next season.

Chapman played for two years with the Westman Wildcats and is currently playing at Warner Hockey School this season where she has five goals and 18 assists in 36 games for the Warriors. In 2008-09 when she played with Westman she helped her tam to their first ever Esso Cup National Championships, and they also won the Manitoba Championships. In 59 games with the Wildcats she found the back of the net 15 times while assisting on 21 more. She also played eight years with the Virden A Oil Kings boys’ team prior to the Wildcats. She plans to major in speech communications.

Citrowske has played for Prior Lake High School since eighth grade where she has 46 goals and 30 assists in four years. In her sophomore and junior years she led her team in scoring with nine goals and seven assists and 21 goals and 10 assists respectively. She was the team’s Rookie of the Year, all-conference as a freshman, junior, and sophomore, and was the team MVP. She is undecided on her major.

Like Citrowske Kelly has played for her team Rosemount High School since eighth grade where she has broken her person best season points record each year. As a rookie Kelly found the back of the net 15 times while helping out on 17 more. In her junior year she scored 32 times while assisting on 20 more. As a rookie she was the team’s MVP and Team Forward of the Year two years. She has made the all-conference team every year that she has played at Rosemount and was invited to the USA Hockey Girls’ Select Camp in Rochester, NY in 2008-09. She will major in nursing.

From 2006-10 Rose has played with the Alberta AAA Midget Female Hockey Club. In 120 games she has 20 goals and 32 helpers. The team won the Mac’s Midget Tournament in 2009-10. From 2006-08 she played with the Alberta U16 team before moving on to her current team the U18s. She is also currently playing with the Edmonton Chimos in the Western Women’s Hockey League with her defensive partner Migan Mikkelson who won gold with Team Canada in Vancouver. Rose is undecided in her major.

For six years Wivoda played with the Alaska Icebreakers Girls’ team. She took part in the National Development Camp in 2006. The Icebreakers appeared in the National Tournament in 2008-09. Last season Wivoda played with the Lathrop High School Boys’ Hockey Team as they won their conference championship and came third in the state tournament. She moved to Grand Rapids where she plays for the Minnesota Crunch this season where she has 15 goals and 17 assists in 28 games. Included in those points is an 11 point performance against Balmoral Hall on November 24th as she scored six times and assisted on five more. She is undecided in her major.

Boston College Signs Five

The Boston College Eagles have announced that Governor’s Academy forwards Alexandra Carpenter (North Reading, MA) and Kate Leary (Seabrook, NH), Lawrence Academy forward Emily Field, North American Hockey Academy goalie Megan Miller (Long Grove, IL), and Nichols School defenseman Emily Pfalzer (Getzville, NY) have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the team next season.

With Carpenter and Leary as linemates on their team Governor’s Academy has won three consecutive New England DII Championships with Carpenter winning back to back tournament MVP Awards the past two seasons. Carpenter was part of the 2010 US team that won the silver medal at the World U18 championships and will suit up again for the 2011 team in Sweden. Her father is 18 year NHL veteran Bobby Carpenter who was the first US High School player to be taken in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft when Washington drafted him. He was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame and won three Stanley Cups with New Jersey—one a as a player in 1995 and the other two as assistant coach in 2000 and 2003.

Leary has won two USA Hockey National Championships at the U12 and U14 levels with Assabet Valley. She also plays on the Governor’s Academy lacrosse and field hockey teams and is an All-League player and one of the leading scorers on the field hockey team.

Field is also a member of the US U18 National Team and helped Lawrence Academy get to the finals of the NEPSAC Championships the past two years. She has earned an honorable mention from the ISLas the Spartans went undefeated during the 2008 season and ISL All-League and Team MVP Awards in 2009. Field also plays lacrosse and golf and as an honors student she was voted the Co-President of the Student Body last spring.

Like Carpenter and Field Miller is also a member of the USA National U18 team and played on the boys’ Chicago Mission team before coming to the NAHA. She has taken part in the USA Hockey National Development Camp since 2008.

Pfalzer was an amazing player on the Nichols’ Girls’ Varsity team during her freshman and sophomore years scoring 42 goals and adding 53 helpers for 95 points. Pfalzer now plays for the Mississauga Chiefs of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League in Ontario, Canada where she has three goals and 11 assists in 19 games this season. Pfalzer has attended USA Player Development Camps since 2007 and was selected to the USA All-Star team from the camp. She also plays for the US National U18 team winning the silver medal with the 2009-10 team.

Tragedy For Turgeon Family

On Thursday, December 23rd, 18-year-old forward Elizabeth Turgeon, who played for Team USA at the 2008 World U18 Championships, was killed in a car accident in New Mexico.

According to investigators Turgeon was driving a pickup truck and crashed into the trailer of a semi-truck at the intersection of U.S. 54 and U.S. 60 just after midnight. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Turgeon was a 2010 U19AAA graduate of the Colorado Selects Girls Hockey Association and was due to play at the University of Minnesota this season but never enrolled for personal reasons. She graduated from Valor Christian High School in Cherry Hills, CO this past spring.

Another member of that same Colorado Selects team Brittany Kraemer of El Paso, TX was also in the accident and is currently in critical condition in a New Mexico hospital.

At the 2008 World U18 tournament Turgeon scored a goal and added one assist in five games as the Americans won the first gold medal in the tournament.

Turgeon is the daughter of 19 year NHL veteran Pierre Turgeon. Memorial services were held on Friday, December 31st at All Souls Catholic Church in Englewood, CO.

Bye-Dietz Elected To IIHF Hall of Fame

On December 16th, the IIHF announced that US forward/defenseman Karyn Bye-Cietz will be inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame on May 15th, 2011, at the Men’s World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. She becomes the fifth woman and 19th American to enter the Hall. Also being inducted are Tord Lundstrom (SWE), Bohumil Modry (CZE), Kalevi Numminen (FIN), Ladislav Trojak (SVK) and Doru Tureanu (ROM) in making up the Class of 2011.

Bye-Dietz will become the fifth female inducted into the 160-member Hall of Fame and the 19th American. The induction ceremony will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia, on May 15, 2011, during the IIHF World Men’s Championship.

Bye-Dietz played for six US National teams at the World Championships winning six silver medals. She was part of the US team that won the first gold medal in women’s hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, JPN. In 175 games for Team USA Bye-Dietz scored 110 times and lent a helping hand on 119 more to rank fifth on the all time scoring list.

At the 1998 games she was the team leader with five goals and added three more plus three helpers at Salt Lake City four years later. She ranks third all time among Americans in scoring at the World Championships with 27 goals in 30 games played.

As a University of New Hampshire Wildcat she scored 164 points in 87 games and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Phys Ed in 1993 and went on to earn her master’s degree while playing two more years in the Canadian Intercollegiate Sports with Concordia University in Montreal for two more years.

She was a finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year, was USA Hockey’s Women’s Player of the Year for the second time, and was inducted into the University of New Hampshire Hall of Fame in 1998. The 1998 Olympic Women’s Team was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.

When she retired from competitive hockey Bye-Dietz worked for the Minnesota Wild in its grassroots program and continues to take part in numerous speaking engagements and teaches fitness classes at her local YMCA. In addition, she serves as the color commentator for the Minnesota Girls State High School Hockey Tournament.

Bye-Dietz currently resides in Hudson, WI with her husband, Calvin, and their two children Tatum and Brody.

The Games This Week

Natalie Spooner led the way with two goals and one assist as Ohio State nipped Wayne State 3-2 on Thursday. In their series sweep on Friday Paige Semenza had a goal and assist; while Hokey Langan and Tina Hollowel added singles; while Gina Buquet and Micheline Frappier scored for Wayne State in the 4-2 Buckeyes’ win.

At the Bison Hockey Tournament in Winnipeg, MB on Thursday Ashley Holmes, Allison Parizek, Alyssa Wiebe, and Holly Perkins scored for North Dakota; while Monika Moskalski and Melody Howard added the University of Alberta goals in the Fighting Sioux’s 4-2 victory.
Julie Johnson scored twice; while Sally Butler had a goal and assist as Princeton shutout Boston College 3-0 on Friday.

At the Bison Hockey Tournament Allison Parizek led the way with two goals; while Mary Loken, and Kelsey Ketcher scored for North Dakota; while Addie Miles and Maggie Litchfield-Medd added the Bison markers.

Final results of the Bison Hockey Holiday Classic non-conference tournament:

Dec. 29: McGill 5 Manitoba 0; Dec. 29: Alberta 4 Saskatchewan 1; Dec. 30: Team Manitoba 4 Manitoba 0; Dec. 30: McGill 9 Saskatchewan 2; Dec. 30: Alberta 2 UND 4; Dec. 31: Team Manitoba 4 Saskatchewan 1; Dec. 31: McGill 3 Alberta 0; Dec. 31: UND 4 Manitoba 2

At the Easton Holiday Showcase in St. Cloud, MN on Saturday Jesse Scanzano had three goals and one assist; and Jess Jones and Christine Bestland added two goals and one assist each as Mercyhurst demolished St. Cloud State 8-1. Brittany Toor netted the Huskies’ lone marker.

The other game saw Wisconsin lay a 7-2 beating on Northeastern as Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker led the Badgers’ offense with two goals and two assists each; and Anne Dronen and Madison Packer both added a goal and assist. Maggie Brennolt had a goal and assist for Northeastern.

Emily Walsh and Kellie Dineen scored for Vermont in their 2-1 win over Union on Saturday; while Marissa Gentile added the lone Ducthwomen goal.

Amanda Trunzo scored twice and assisted on two more, while Sally Komarek and Camille Dumais added singles and lent a helping hand on two more each as Dartmouth throttled Connecticut 9-2.

On Sunday Wisconsin defeated Mercyhurst 7-4 as Knight led the way for the Badgers with two goals and two assists; while Agosta had a goal and assist for the Lakers; Alissa Fromkin made 14 saves as Boston University shutout Brown 4-0; Jenna Hobeika had two goals and two assists for Dartmouth as they blanked Connecticut 5-0; Lindsey Cashman, Erin Wente, and Kailey Nash scored for Vermont in their 3-1 win over Union; Dani Rylan scored the game winner 16:24 into the third as Northeastern nipped St. Cloud State 2-1 at the Easton Hockey Showcase; and Jennifer Friedman did likewise as Providence nipped Maine 2-1 in Hockey East action.

The Leaders

Mercyhurst is 5-0-0 to lead the CHA conference standings; while their 14-4-0 record puts them first overall. Mercyhurst forward Meghan Agosta leads all scorers with 19 goals and 26 assists in 17 games played; while Syracuse netminder Jessica Drinkwater has a 2.39 GAA, 5-2-0 record, and .903 SAV% to lead all goalies.

Cornell is 13-1-0 to lead the ECAC standings; while Quinnipiac forward Kelly Babstock has found the back of the net 17 times while lending a helping hand on 19 more in 20 games; and Cornell’s Amanda Mazzota is 13-1-0 with a goals against average of 0.91 and .953 SAV% to lead all goalies.

Boston College leads the Hockey East standings with their 6-1-2 record; while their corss town rivals Boston University is 15-2-3 to lead overall. BC forward Kelli Stack has 21 goals and 11 assists in 17 games to lead all sorers; while Boston Univeristy netminder Molly Schaus is 11-1-2 with a 1.37 GAA and a .940 SAV% to lead all netminders.

Wisconsin tops the WCHA standings at 12-2-0; while they are 18-2-0 to lead overall. Wisconsin forward Meghan Duggan leads all point getters with 17 goals and 24 assists in 20 games; while Minnesota-Duluths goalie Kim Martin is 9-4-0 with a 1.34 GAA, and .945 SAV% to lead all netminders.

The Games to Come

NCAA action begins on Monday with three games as Princeton is at home to Quinnipiac in an Eastern Conference game; while Yale is at home to Boston College; and Maine hosts Providence in a Hockey East affair.

On Tuesday Syracuse is at home to Colgate.

In CHA action next weekend Mercyhurst hosts Syracuse Friday and Saturday.

The non-conference series will see Robert Morris make their way to Connecticut on Saturday and Sunday.

In Eastern Conference action next weekend Rensselaer is at home to Dartmouth; Harvard makes their way to Schenctady to face Union; Brown is at home to Colgate; Cornell is at Yale; Clarkson hosts Princeton; and St. Lawrence and Quinnipiac faceoff in Canton on Friday night.

On Saturday Union welcomes Dartmouth; Rensselaer hosts Harvard; Yale and Colgate take to the ice in New Haven; Cornell makes their way to Providence to face Brown; S. Lawrence hosts Princeton; and Quinnipiac is at Clarkson.

In non-conference play Vermont hosts North Dakota for two games Friday and Saturday.

In Hockey East action on Saturday Boston College is at Maine; while New Hampshire hosts Northeastern; and Boston University welcomes Providence on Sunday.

In WCHA action St. Cloud State hosts Bemidji; Minnesota is at home to Minnesota State; and Wisconsin is in Columbus to take on the Buckeyes on Friday and Saturday.

The MLP Cup will also get underway on Tuesday in Kreuzlingen, SUI as Sweden takes on Finland; and Canada faces Switzerland.

On Wednesday Finland hosts Russia; and Germany and Switzerland take to the ice.

On Thursday Russia and Sweden faceoff; while Canada plays Germany to close out preliminary action. The semis will be played on Friday; while the fifth place, bronze, and gold medal games go on Saturday.

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