Minnesota, Boston Are Champs
The University of Minnesota and the Boston Blades are the NCAA and CWHL Champions for this season.
The Gophers won the NCAA crown with a 6-3 win over Boston University as Amanda Kessel led the way with two goals; while Hannah Brandt, Milica McMillen, Rachel Ramsey, and Mira Jalosuo had singles. Sarah Lefort, Marie-Philip Poulin, and Jenelle Kohanchuk scored for Boston College.
The Gophers got to the final with a 3-2 overtime win over Boston College on Friday as Sarah Davis scored the game winner 1:39 into the extra frame. Becky Kortum and Brandt also scored for the Gophers. Emily Field and Lexi Bender added the Eagles’ markers.
Boston University got to the finals with a 4-1 win over Mercyhurst on Friday. Poulin, Kohanchuk, Isabel Menard, and Kathryn Miller scored for BU; while CHA player of the week Christie Cicero got the Lakers’ lone goal.
The Boston Blades dethroned defending champs the Montreal Stars with a 5-2 win on Sunday. Kelly Steadman had the hat trick; while Jenn Schoulis had a pair for the Blades. Meghan Agosta-Marciano and Dominique Thibault scored for the Stars.
The Clarkson Cup began on Wednesday with two games.
Boston edged the Toronto Furies 3-2. Kate Buesser scored twice; while Gigi Marvin added a single for the Blades. Amber Bowman and Natalie Spooner scored for Toronto.
Montreal shutout Boston 5-0. Thibault, Haley Irwin, Carolyne Prevost, Emmanuelle Blais, and Ann-Sophie Bettez scored for the Stars.
On Thursday Buesser and Hilary Knight scored for Boston in their 2-0 blanking of Brampton.
Sarah Vaillancourt and Vanessa Davidson scored for Montreal as the Stars shutout Toronto 2-0.
Two games took place on Friday.
Caroline Ouellett had the lone goal of the game as Montreal blanked Boston 1-0.
Rebecca Johnson had two goals; and Spooner, and Meagan Aarts had singles as Toronto edged Brampton 4-3. Bailey Bram scored twice; while Gilian Apps had a single for Brampton.
Kessel Is Patty Kaizmaier Award Winner
Minnesota junior forward Amanda Kessel is the Patty Kaizmaier Award winner for 2013.
She was presented with the award at the McNamara Alumni Center during a sold out brunch ceremony on the campus of the University of Minnesota. This is the 16th year for the award that is given to the top player in NCAA women’s DI hockey by the USA Hockey Foundation.
“Amanda has had a historic season. Her domination on the ice this year has been nothing short of phenomenal. The number of points that she compiled is just one indication of her impact on our team,” said Brad Frost, head coach at the University of Minnesota. “She has proved to be the most dynamic offensive threat in all of NCAA women’s hockey, but her contribution goes much farther. She has grown into a complete two-way player, playing at an elite level in the defensive zone, on the penalty kill, and certainly in the offensive zone. Her domination of the statistical categories speaks for itself.”
Kessel was an important part of the Minnesota Golden Gophers going undefeated this season with a 40-0-0 regular season record as she led the NCAA with 44 goals, 53 assists, and 97 points. Her 2.69 points per game was also tops in the nation.
She also led the nation with five shorthanded goals and was third in game winning goals with eight. She had one point in 33 of the 36 contests that she skated in this season and had 29 multipoint games with 11 of them being four point games and 20 with at least three points.
She was also the 24th player in NCAA history to record 200 points and the ninth to do it in three seasons.
Kessel also helped the Gophers capture the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season and postseason titles en route to reaching the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four championship game.
In League play she found the back of the net 34 times while assisting on 41 more and led in every offensive category. Her 23 power play points (6G, 17A) was the most in the League; and she was the WCHA Player of the Year. Her 3.00 points per game led the WCHA and she ranked second in short-handed points (2G, 2A) and game-winning goals (6).
Off the ice, Kessel is active in the local community and volunteers her time at places such as HopeKids, Feed My Starving
Children, Amplatz Children’s Hospital and several local elementary schools.
Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winners
2013 Amanda Kessel, University of Minnesota
2012 Brianna Decker, University of Wisconsin
2011 Meghan Duggan, University of Wisconsin
2010 Vicki Bendus, Mercyhurst College
2009 Jessie Vetter, University of Wisconsin
2008 Sarah Vaillancourt, Harvard University
2007 Julie Chu, Harvard University
2006 Sara Bauer, University of Wisconsin
2005 Krissy Wendall, University of Minnesota
2004 Angela Ruggiero, Harvard University
2003 Jennifer Botterill, Harvard University
2002 Brooke Whitney, Northeastern University
2001 Jennifer Botterill, Harvard University
2000 Ali Brewer, Brown University
1999 A.J. Mleczko, Harvard University
1998 Brandy Fisher, University of New Hampshire
With information from wcha.com
Team Canada and Brampton forward Cherie Piper has decided to retire from competitive hockey.
She won three Olympic Gold Medals and along with Apps played for the Dartmouth Big Green.
Brampton honored both her and Lori Dupuis during a pre-game ceremony before the team’s last regular season game on March 16th against Toronto that Brampton won 7-0. That game saw Piper score the game’s final goal. She also had another goal and assist. CWHL Commissioner Brenda Andress was also in attendance.
“I think for both of us, it was a nice little ceremony. It was a nice little finish to the game and nice to end on a positive note.”
She finished the season in 23rd place in the CWHL scoring race. When she scored at least once Brampton went 5-3-0.
While retirement may be a hard decision, Piper is at peace with the decision. “I felt good. I feel like I’ve been on a good part of the league, including the CWHL and the old NWHL. I am older and ready to move on with the next phase of my life. It is nice to look forward to new things.” Of note, Piper has goals of becoming an educator.
One aspect stands out as a highlight throughout her remarkable career, “Making new friends. I played with the Aeros organization for seven years. Upon joining Brampton, it is nice to know people as human beings rather than as opponents. It also means we have fun road trips.”
While long bus trips are part of life in the CWHL, Piper sees them as team building opportunities. “We would watch lots of movies. The trips that are the long ones help you to get to know your teammates. You know about them, their families, and their lives. It is a way to get to know each and every one on the team.”
There is one element of the game that Piper will truly miss, “I will miss the team aspect of things. When you play, you see people four to five times a week. Now, we will need to make plans to go for dinner. It is so much easier to go to the rink. The hardest part of retiring will be not seeing these people on a regular basis.”
Entering the Clarkson Cup, Piper (along with teammates Apps, Lori Dupuis and Jayna Hefford) had won IIHF World Gold and Winter Games Gold. A Clarkson Cup would have brought all of them membership in the Triple Gold Club. While the coveted prize is one that has eluded Piper, it was a key motivational factor in her remarkable career. “It is the ideal situation
That is the goal of all players. It would be nice to end on a high note and it’s important to focus.
With information from the CWHL
Brad Frost Is NCAA Coach of the Year
On Thursday Minnesota Head Coach Brad Frost was named the NCAA Coach of the Year.
Frost led the Gophers to an undefeated regular season and was 39-0-0 heading into Friday’s semi final against Boston College.
Frost was the runner up last season. He joined the Gophers’ coaching staff in 2000 as the assistant to Laura Halldorson who won the award in 1998, 2002, and 2004. He became the Gophers’ Head Coach in 2007 and is 184-36-16 over that period.
Frost graduated from Bethel College in 1996 and was a four year letter winner in hockey and a two year letter winner in golf. His 119 career points are eighth in school history. He began his coaching career with the Eagan High School girls program and then spent a year with the Bethel College men’s team. He has also coached internationally with USA Hockey.
Frost was assisted this season by Joel Johnson, Nadine Muzerall and Andy Kent. The runners-up for this year’s flexxCOACH/ AHCA Division I Women’s Coach of the Year Award were Brian Durocher of Boston University and Katie King Crowley of Boston College.
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Buquet Wins Elite 89 Award
Mercyhurst senior forward Gina Buquet was given the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA DI Frozen Four at the banquet in Minneapolis, MN on Thursday night.. Buquet is majoring in Exercise Science and has a 3.94 GPA.
The award is given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average that is competing in the NCAA DI Frozen Four finals.