Women’s Weekly: March 17th

Agosta and Pattenden Earn CHA Honors

Mercyhurst teammates forward Meghan Agosta and goalie Hilary Pattenden are the College Hockey America player and goalie of the week for the week ending March 13th. Agosta scored twice; while Pattenden made 18 saves as Mercyhurst went down 4-2 to Boston University in the NCAA quartearfinals.

Hockey East Honors Stack, Wakefield, and Sperry

Boston College forward Kelly Stack and Boston University forward Jenn Wakefield are the Hockey East co-players of the week; while Wakefield’s teammate Kerrin Sperry is the Hockey East rookie of the week.

Stack added two goals in the Eagles’ 4-1 win over Minnesota in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday. Wakefield also found the back of the net twice; and Sperry made 30 saves in the 4-2 win over Mercyhurst on Saturday.

Three Finalists Named for 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

Agosta, Meghan Duggan (Univ. of Wisconsin) and Stack (Boston College) have been named the three finalists for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. The award, which is in its 14th year, is given out annually by The USA Hockey Foundation to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.

The trio represents three NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey conferences – College Hockey America (Agosta), Hockey East (Stack) and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (Duggan). The 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by LECOM, will be handed out at a brunch ceremony on March 19 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, PA in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four (March 18 & 20).

A limited number of tickets to the ceremony are still available and may be purchased by calling 719-538-1184 or by submitting a completed ticket form at PattyKaz.com. Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600.

Meghan Agosta

One of Mercyhurst College’s team captains, Agosta has become a top-three finalist for the fourth time in her collegiate career. This season, she became the first player in NCAA history to reach 300 career points and now stands at 301 (155-146). She also became the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer with her 151st goal and has 155 goals to date. In College Hockey America play, Agosta was named CHA Player of the Year and earned First Team All-CHA honors, while leading the CHA in all offensive categories and winning the league’s regular-season scoring trophy with 41 points (18-23) in 16 games. Agosta helped lead Mercyhurst to the CHA regular-season and tournament championships, as well as a berth in the NCAA tournament. She currently leads the nation with 84 points, 48 assists, 14 power-play goals and four shorthanded goals, while ranking third with 36 goals and nine game-winning goals.

Meghan Duggan

Amidst a standout senior season with the University of Wisconsin, Duggan was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year and earned All-WCHA First Team honors. She ranks second nationally with 82 points, 37 goals, 45 assists and 11 power-play goals, and third with three shorthanded goals. As team captain, she helped lead Wisconsin to the WCHA regular-season and tournament championships, as well as a berth in the NCAA tournament. She also led the WCHA with 61 points, 34 assists and 20 power-play points (9-11), and ranked second with 27 goals. Duggan reached several NCAA and Wisconsin milestones this season, becoming the seventh player all-time and first Wisconsin player to reach both 100 goals and 100 assists. She ranks seventh in NCAA history and leads Wisconsin with 233 career points.

Kelli Stack

Stack is the first-ever top-three finalist from Boston College. As a senior captain, she helped lead BC to its first-ever Hockey East tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Stack ranks first in the country with four shorthanded goals, fourth with 34 goals and eight game-winning goals, and eighth with 56 points. She led Hockey East with 33 points (22-11), 22 goals, 12 power-play points (7-5), four shorthanded points (4-0) and five game-winning goals. Along with winning the league’s regular-season scoring trophy, Stack was named Hockey East’s Player of the Year and earned Hockey East First Team All-Star honors. In addition, she was named Hockey East Player of the Month twice and Hockey East Player of the Week three times. This season, Stack set the Hockey East records for career points (133) and goals (68). She also set her school record for points (199) and now stands at 207 career points.
NOTES: Meghan Agosta is the second top-three finalist from Mercyhurst College (Vicki Bendus-2010 winner), while Meghan Duggan is the third top-three finalist from the University of Wisconsin (Sara Bauer-2006-07, Jessie Vetter-2009). Sara Bauer won the 2006 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and Jessie Vetter won the award in 2009 … Kelli Stack is the first-ever top-three finalist from Boston College

For more information on the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, visit PattyKaz.com … Mike Ruzzi, sports director at WICU-TV (NBC) in Erie, Pa., will serve as the master of ceremonies, while Laura Halldorson, who led the University of Minnesota women’s ice hockey team to three NCAA Division I national championships as head coach, will be the keynote speaker … The 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony, presented by LECOM, will be broadcast live at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com … USA Hockey and the NCAA will team up once again to put on free girls’ skills clinics in conjunction with the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four. Both will take place on March 19, at Mercyhurst Ice Center with an American Development Model session set for 3-4 p.m. ET and a Try Hockey For Free clinic to take place from 4-5 p.m.

About The Patty Kazmaier Award
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is supported, in part, by a grant from the NHL Foundation.

About Patty Kazmaier
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman at Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.

Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winners
1998 Brandy Fisher University of New Hampshire
1999 A.J. Mleczko Harvard University
2000 Ali Brewer Brown University
2001 Jennifer Botterill Harvard University
2002 Brooke Whitney Northeastern University
2003 Jennifer Botterill Harvard University
2004 Angela Ruggiero Harvard University
2005 Krissy Wendell University of Minnesota
2006 Sara Bauer University of Wisconsin
2007 Julie Chu Harvard University
2008 Sarah Vaillancourt Harvard University
2009 Jessie Vetter University of Wisconsin
2010 Vicki Bendus Mercyhurst College

Information courtesy www.usahockey.com

ECAC All-League and All-Rookie Teams Announced

The ECAC has announced their all-league and all-rookie teams. They are:

First Team All-League
Forward Kelly Babstock, Quinnipiac, Rebecca Johnston, Cornell, Brianne Jenner, Cornell
Defense Laura Fortino, Cornell, Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell
Goaltender Jackee Snikeris, Yale

Second Team All-League
Forward Chelsea Karpenko, Cornell, Jillian Dempsey, Harvard, Kelly Foley, Dartmouth
Defense Josephine Pucci, Harvard, Sasha Sherry, Princeton
Goaltender Rachel Weber, Princeton

Third Team all-League
Forward Catherine White, Cornell, Kelly Sabatine, St. Lawrence, Liza Ryabkina, Harvard
Defense Sasha Nanji, Dartmouth, Leanna Coskren, Harvard
Goaltender Victoria Vigilanti, Quinnipiac

All-Rookie Team
Forward Kelly Babstock, Quinnipiac, Brianne Jenner, Cornell, Carly Mercer, Clarkson
Defense Alyssa Gagliardi, Cornell, Marissa Gedman, Harvard
Goaltender Erica Howe, Clarkson

Babstock Is ECAC Player of the Year

Quinnipiac freshman forward Kelly Babstock is the ECAC Player of the Year.

Babstock led the league in goals with 30, assists (28), and points (58) in overall. Her 22 goals and eight assists put her tied for second in league scoring with 30 points. She was a five time ECAC Rookie of the Week and twice won the Player of the Week award. She was the Quinnipiac Athlete of the Month in November and December.

Babstock was the second athlete in Quinnipiac history to receive mention in Sports Illustrated’s weekly publication of its Faces In The Crowd section when she was mentioned on January 17th, 2011. She was also one of the nominees for the Patty Kazmaier award.

University of Wisconsin Unanimous No. 1 in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll

The University of Wisconsin is the unanimous number one team in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll receiving all 19 first place votes.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll
1 University of Wisconsin, 190 (19)
2 Cornell University, 171
3 Boston University, 140
4 Boston College, 136
5 University of Minnesota Duluth, 114
6 Mercyhurst College, 98
7 University of Minnesota, 82
8 Dartmouth College, 45
9 University of North Dakota, 38
10 Providence College, 28 10 22-12-1 13
Others receiving votes: Harvard University, 3.

Hockey Canada World Championship Selection Camp Roster Announced

Hockey Canada has announced the roster for the World Championship team selection camp roster. The camp will take place at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto from April 2nd-5th and is the first time that Hockey Canada has had a selection camp for the tournament since 1997-98. After the camp 21 players will be chosen to play for Canada at the World Championships in Zurich and Winterhur, SUI from April 16th-25th.

When the final roster is chosen the team will have another camp from April 6th-9th in Ann Arbor, MI that will include two games against the USA. Canada’s selection camp roster includes four goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 21 forwards. Of the 37 players invited, 21 helped Canada win gold at the 2010 Four Nations Cup last November in St. John’s NL, 17 were part of the roster that won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC, and 16 players competed at the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championship in Hämeenlinna, Finland, winning a silver medal.

Breakdown of Selection Camp Roster:
21 players played at the 2010 4 Nations Cup in St. John’s, NL
17 players played at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC
16 players played at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Hameenlinna, Finland
14 players from US universities
12 players from the Canadian Women’s Hockey League
11 players from Canada’s 2011 National Women’s U22 Team
Eight players from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS)
Two players from the Western Women’s Hockey League
One player from the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC)

The team will leave Canada for Switzerland on April 9th. They will hold another training camp from April 10th-14th that will include a game against Switzerland on April 14th.

Canada has won nine gold medals n 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2007. And silver in 2005, 2008 and 2009 .

The team’s first game is against Switzerland on April 16th.

Roster

Goaltenders
Liz Knox L ‘5″ 135 06/09/88 Stouffville, ON Wilfrid Laurier University (CIS)
*Charline Labonté L 5’9″ 163 10/15/82 Boisbriand, QC/McGill University (CIS)
*Kim St-Pierre L/ ‘9″ 156 12/14/78 Châteauguay, QC/Montreal (CWHL)
*Shannon Szabados L 5’8″ 147 08/06/86 Edmonton, AB Grant MacEwan University (ACAC)
Defence
Courtney Birchard L 5’9″ 151 07/14/89 Mississauga, ON University of New Hampshire (HE)
*Tessa Bonhomme L 5’7″ 140 07/23/85 Sudbury, ON Toronto (CWHL)
Delaney Collins L 5’4″ 130 05/02/77 Pilot Mound, MB Brampton (CWHL)
Laura Fortino L 5’4″ 144 01/30/91 Hamilton, ON Cornell University (ECAC)
Jocelyne Larocque L/ 5’6″ 140 05/19/88 Ste. Anne, MB University of Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Stefanie McKeough L/ 5’7″ 146 01/27/91 Carlsbad, ON University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
*Meaghan Mikkelson R 5’9″ 150 01/04/85 St. Albert, AB Edmonton (WWHL)
Lauriane Rougeau L/G 5’8″ 166 04/12/90 Beaconsfield, Que./Qc Cornell University (ECAC)
Bobbi-Jo Slusar L 5’4″ 140 06/06/85 Swift Current, SK Strathmore (WWHL)
Britni Smith R 5’8″ 147 10/13/88 Port Perry, ON Toronto (CWHL)
*Catherine Ward L 5’6″ 135 02/28/87 Montreal, QC Boston University (HE)
Tara Watchorn L 5’10” 176 05/30/90 Newcastle, ON Boston University (HE)
Forwards
*Meghan Agosta L 5’7″ 147 02/12/87 Ruthven, ON Mercyhurst College (CHA)
*Gillian Apps L 6’0″ 177 11/02/83 Unionville, ON Brampton (CWHL)
Vicki Bendus R 5’2″ 110 04/17/89 Wasaga Beach, ON Mercyhurst College (CHA)
Ann-Sophie Bettez L 5’4″ 135 10/14/87 Sept-Îles, QC McGill University (CIS)
Emmanuelle Blais R 5’4″ 132 11/07/87 Montreal, QC Montreal (CWHL)
*Jennifer Botterill L 5’9″ 158 05/01/79 Winnipeg, MB Toronto (CWHL)
Bailey Bram L 5’7″ 163 09/05/90 Ste. Anne, MB Mercyhurst College (CHA)
Mallory Deluce L 5’7″ 138 04/13/89 London, ON University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
*Jayna Hefford L 5’5″ 138 05/14/77 Kingston, ON Brampton (CWHL)
*Haley Irwin L 5’7″ 172 06/06/88 Thunder Bay, ON University of Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Brianne Jenner R 5’9″ 159 05/04/91 Oakville, ON Cornell University (ECAC)
*Rebecca Johnston L 5’7″ 167 09/24/89 Sudbury, ON Cornell University (ECAC)
Noémie Marin L 5’6″ 150 04/05/84 Acton-Vale, QC Montreal (CWHL)
*Caroline Ouellette L 5’11” 172 05/25/79 Montreal, QC Montreal (CWHL)
*Cherie Piper R 5’6″ 167 06/29/81 Scarborough, ON Brampton (CWHL)
*Marie-Philip Poulin L 5’6″ 160 03/28/91 Beauceville, QC Boston University (HE)
Jesse Scanzano R 6’0″ 188 10/15/88 Dollard des Ormeaux, QC Mercyhurst College (CHA)
Natalie Spooner R 5’9″ 186 10/17/90 Scarborough, ON Ohio State University (WCHA)
*Sarah Vaillancourt R/D 5’6″ 140 05/08/85 Sherbrooke, Que./Qc Montreal (CWHL)
Jennifer Wakefield R 5’10” 166 06/15/89 Pickering, ON Boston University (HE)
*Hayley Wickenheiser R 5’10” 171 08/12/78 Shaunavon, SK University of Calgary (CIS)
* 2010 Olympic gold medalists

Head Coach Ryan Walter New Westminster, BC Hockey Canada
Assistant Coach Dan Church Toronto, ON York University (CIS), Lisa Jordan Halifax, NS St. Mary’s University (CIS)

The Games This Week

In Saturday’s NCAA quarterfinals Jenn Wakefield scored twice as Boston University doubled Mercyhurst, 4-2; Chelsea Karpenko had two goals and one assist, while Catherine White found the back of the net once and lent a helping hand on two more, and Rebecca Johnson, Laura Fortino, and Brianne Jenner added a goal and assist each as Cornell pounded Dartmouth, 7-1; Kelli Stack scored twice to lead Boston College to a 4-1 win over Minnesota; and Hilary Knight had a goal and assist to lead Wisconsin to a 2-1 win over Minnesota.

The Games To Come

In the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal at Erie, PA on Friday Cornell faces Boston University; and Wisconsin takes on Boston College. The winners will play for the championship on Saturday.

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