Minnesota Are NCAA Champs
The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers are the 2012 Frozen Four champions.
The Gophers won the tournament with a 4-2 win over the University of Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday.
Scoring for the winners were Sarah Erickson with two and Emily West and Amanda Kessel with singles; while Brooke Ammerman and Stefanie McKeough did likewise for the Badgers.
In the semifinals on Friday Minnesota got goals from Emily West, Amanda Kessel, and Megan Bozek in their 3-1 win over Cornell. Alyssa Gagliardi scored the Big Green’s only goal.
Brittany Ammerman and Hilary Knight added two each for Wisconsin; while Brooke Ammerman and Carolyne Prévost added singles as the Badgers skated to a 6-2 win over Boston College in the other semi. Emily Field and Alex Carpenter added the Eagles’ markers.
Decker Is Patty Kazmaier Winner
University of Wisconsin junior forward Brianna Decker is the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Award Winner.
She becomes the fourth Badger to win the award joining Sarah Bauer ((2006), Jessie Vetter (2009) and Meghan Duggan ((2011).
Decker and the other two finalists North Dakota’s Jocelyne Lamoureux and Northeastern’s Florence Schelling were honored at the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award ceremony at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, MN in conjunction with the Frozen Four.
WCHA Hands Out Awards
At the WCHA Final Faceoff in Duluth the League handed out their awards on March 1st.
Player of the Year: Brianna Decker, Jr., F, University of Wisconsin (Dousman, WI)
Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year: Jocelyne Lamoureux, Jr., F, University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)
Defensive Player of the Year: Stefanie McKeough, Jr., D, University of Wisconsin (Carlsbad Springs, ON)
Rookie of the Year: Michelle Karvinen, So., F, University of North Dakota (Rodovre, Denmark)
Coach of the Year: Mark Johnson, University of Wisconsin)
Scoring Champion: Jocelyne Lamoureux, Jr., F, University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND)
Goaltending Champion: Alex Rigsby, So., G, University of Wisconsin (Delafield, WI)
All-WCHA First Team
Forward: Hilary Knight, Sr., University of Wisconsin (Sun Valley, ID) (28 gp, 22-21=43); Jocelyne Lamoureux, Jr., University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND) (28 gp, 27-37=64); Brianna Decker, Jr., University of Wisconsin (Dousman, WI) (28 gp, 20-34=54); Natalie Spooner, Sr., Ohio State University (Scarborough, ON) (26 gp, 25-14=39)
Defense: Anne Schleper, Sr., University of Minnesota (St. Cloud, MN) (28 gp, 4-19=23); Megan Bozek, Jr., University of Minnesota (Buffalo Grove, IL) (28 gp, 10-23=33)
Goaltender: Zuzana Tomcikova, Sr., Bemidji State University (Bratislava, Slovakia) (10-15-2, 2.43, .929)
All-WCHA Second Team
Forward: Jen Schoullis, Sr., University of Minnesota (Erie, PA) (27 gp, 18-22=40); Amanda Kessel, So., University of Minnesota (Madison, WI) (28 gp, 17-34=51)
Defense: Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, Jr., University of North Dakota (Grand Forks, ND) (28 gp, 17-36=53); Stefanie McKeough, Jr., University of Wisconsin (Carlsbad Springs, ON) (19 gp, 4-14=18)
Goaltender: Alex Rigsby, So., University of Wisconsin (Delafield, WI) (23-3-2, 1.47, .951)
All-WCHA Third Team
Forward: Michelle Karvinen, So., University of North Dakota (Rodovre, Denmark) (28 gp, 21-31=52); Haley Irwin, Sr., University of Minnesota Duluth (Thunder Bay, ON) (26 gp, 11-32=43); Brooke Ammerman, Sr., University of Wisconsin (River Vale, NJ) (28 gp, 20-32=52)
Defense: Montana Vichorek, Sr., Bemidji State University (Moose Lake, MN) (27 gp, 5-21=26); Jessica Wong, So., University of Minnesota Duluth (Baddeck, NS) (28 gp, 7-15=22)
Goaltender: Noora Räty, Jr., University of Minnesota (Espoo, Finland) (20-5-2, 1.57, .933)
All-WCHA Rookie Team
Forward: Michelle Karvinen, So., University of North Dakota (Rodovre, Denmark) (28 gp, 21-31=52); Jenna McParland, Fr., University of Minnesota Duluth (Schreiber, ON) (28 gp, 17-8=25); Josefine Jakobsen, Fr., University of North Dakota (Aalborg, Denmark) (28 gp, 13-14=27)
Defense: Rachel Ramsey, Fr., University of Minnesota (Chanhassen, MN) (28 gp, 2-14=16); Brigette Lacquette, Fr., University of Minnesota Duluth (Mallard, MB) (28 gp, 3-12=15)
Yale Coach To Join Team Sweden
Yale Head Coach Joakim Flygh will be the video coach for Team Sweden at the World Championship in April in Burlington, VT.
The 2011-2012 season was Flygh’s second at Yale, and the native of Tyringe, Sweden has been to the NCAA Frozen Four five times as an assistant with Harvard and Minnesota-Duluth.
As an assistant coach his record is 176-69-21) and he was a part of six seasons of 20 or more wins. He has helped coach seven All-Americans and a Patty Kazmaier Award winner. He also coached Yale assistant coach Jessica Koizumi, who won a gold medal with the U.S. at the 2008 IIHF Women’s World Championship in Harbin, China.
Flygh is the 10th coach in Yale women’s ice hockey history. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, New England College, as a graduate assistant with the men’s ice hockey team in 2001-02. He helped the Pilgrims to a 53-23-4 record and three second-place finishes in three seasons before moving on to Minnesota-Duluth.
As a player for New England, Flygh was the Pilgrims’ defensive player of the year. He went on to play professional hockey in Sweden for the Lysekil Vikings.
Flygh graduated from New England College with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2000. He earned a master’s degree in organizational management from New England in 2002. He is married to Angela Franciso-Flygh, a 2001 Harvard graduate and former Crimson women’s ice hockey captain. They recently had their first child, a daughter named Josefin.
With files from ECAC
Wiley Steps Down at Colgate
Colgate University has announced that Head Coach Scott Wiley will step down as Head Coach.
Wiley has been the team’s head coach for 10 years and finishes with a 137-174-34 record including a 19-14-3 mark during the 2008-09 season which is a program record. Colgate made ti to the ECAC playoffs in eight of his 10 years there going to the semis in 2006-07.
Wiley was the ECAC Coach of the Year in 2003-04.
Wiley had five student-athletes earn all-ECAC Hockey first, second or third team honors and two major awards during his tenure. After the 2005-06 season, Tara French was named to the ECAC Hockey third team, while Sam Hunt was a member of the all-Rookie team. French was also named the inaugural ECAC Hockey League Student-Athlete of the Year and was the first women’s hockey player to be named ESPN The Magazine academic second-team all-district. Hunt along with classmate Kiira Dosdall were both named to the all-ECAC Hockey third team following the 2007-08 season, while Kimberly Sass became the first Raider to claim first team honors the following season after being named the ECAC Goaltender of the Year. In 2009-10 Katie Stewart became the first Colgate forward to named to the all-ECAC Hockey first team.
Altogether Wiley coached 36 all-ECAC Hockey Academic Team members, nine AWHCA National Scholar Athletes, six ECAC Hockey all-Rookie Team members and five national team members.
In 2011, the Raiders partnered with Autism Speaks U to create a new chapter at Colgate to assist in educating the community. The team raised over $18,000 for chosen charities and set a goal of raising $30,000 in 2012. The Raiders were recognized by Autism Speaks and the NHL for their initial project that included Lighting Up Starr Rink Blue and special puzzle-piece jerseys that were worn and auctioned-off online. The Raiders also had a player puzzle-piece fundraiser
Wiley was also active with ECAC Hockey working with Pink in the Rink in a partnership with the American Cancer Society.
With files from ECAC
Carpenter and Field Receive Hockey East Awards
Boston College freshman forward Alex Carpenter and Emily Field are the final Hockey East player and rookie of the week for the 2011-2012 season.
Both added a goal for the Eagles in their 6-2 loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA semis on Friday.
Minnesota Finishes Season On Top
In addition to winning the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four the Gophers were the top team in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine and USCHO.com polls for this week.
They were the unanimous choice taking all 19 first place votes in the first poll and all 15 in the second.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll – #24
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1 University of Minnesota, 190 (19)
2 University of Wisconsin, 171
3 Cornell University, 152
4 Boston College, 133
5 Boston University, 110
6 University of North Dakota, 93
7 St. Lawrence University, 76
8 Mercyhurst College, 57
9 Northeastern University, 33
10 University of Minnesota Duluth, 16
USCHO.com DI Poll
March 19, 2012
4 Boston College
5 Boston University
6 North Dakota
7 St. Lawrence