Mercyhurst, Cornell, Wisconsin, and Boston College Win Conference Tournaments
Mercyhurst, Cornell, Wisconsin, and Boston College won their respective league championships this past weekend.
In College Hockey America action in Syracuse, NY Robert Morris got to the semis on Thursday with a 4-2 win over Wayne State as Cobina Delaney and Sara O’Malley led the way with a goal and assist each.
In the semis on Friday Robert Morris met up with Mercyhurst but fell 3-1 to the Lakers as Jesse Scanzano’s two goals led the way for Mercyhurst in their 3-1 win. The other semi saw Isabel Menard score the lone goal of the game 13:16 into the first as Syracuse nipped Niagara, 1-0.
Meghan Agosta had the hat trick in Saturday’s championship game as Mercyhurst nipped Syracuse 5-4.
In the ECAC semis on Thursday Camille Dumais led the way with a goal and two assists as Dartmouth triumphed over Harvard,; and Hayley Hughes scored the game-winner with her second goal of the game 6:05 into the third as Cornell edged Quinnipiac 4-3 in the other semifinal. Hughes added another goal and two helpers as Cornell blanked Dartmouth 3-0 in the championship game on Saturday.
On Friday in the WCHA semis in Minneapolis-St. Paul Mallory Deluce had a goal and assist to lead Wisconsin to a 3-0 shutout of North Dakota; while Amanda Kessel’s hat trick led Minnesota to a 4-2 win over Minnesota-Duluth. Kelly Nash scored the game-winner 14:11 into overtime on Saturday as Wisconsin captured the WCHA Tournament with a 5-4 win over Minnesota.
Alyssa Wohlfeiler scored twice as Northeastern doubled Boston University 4-2 in the semis on Saturday; while Kelli Stack’s goal 11:57 into the overtime sent Boston College into the final with a 3-2 win over Providence. On Sunday the Eagles won the Hockey East crown with a 3-1 win over Northeastern as Danielle Welch led the way with a goal and assist. Scanzano, Pattenden, and Imbrogno Are CHA Players of the Month for February
Agosta and Billadeau Receive CHA Awards
Mercyhurst forward Meghan Agosta and Syracuse netminder Katie Billadeau are College Hockey America’s player, goalie, and rookie of the week for the week ending March 6th.
Agosta added two assists and was the second star of the game on Friday as Mercyhurst skated to a 3-1 win over Robert Morris in the CHA semifinals on Friday and added three more; while Billadeau made 41 saves as Mercyhurst won the CHA Championship with a 5-4 win over Syracuse on Saturday.
Billadeau made 18 saves as Syracuse edged Niagara 1-0 in the semifinals on Saturday.
Cornell Teammates Sweep ECAC Awards
Cornell forwards Hayley Hughes and Jessica Campbell along with goalie Amanda Mazzotta are the ECAC player, rookie, and goalie of the week.
Hughes scored twice, Campbell added one goal, and Mazzotta made 21 saves as Cornell edged Quinnipiac 4-3 in the semifinals on Thursday. In Saturday’s championship game Hughes added a goal and two assists; while Mazzotta made 14 saves in the 3-0 shutout of Dartmouth. Campbell was injured midway through Friday’s game and wasn’t in the lineup for the final. Hughes was the second star of Saturday’s game.
Hockey East Honors Stack, Bizzari, and Schelling
Boston College teammates forwards Kelli Stack and Melissa Bizzari and Northeastern netminder Florence Schelling are the Hockey East player, rookie, and defensive players of the week.
Stack and Bizzari added one goal and one assist each in the Eagles’ 3-2 win over Providence in the semis on Saturday and had one assists each in Sunday’s 3-1 over Northeastern as Boston College won their first Hockey East championship.
Schelling made 44 saves in Northeastern’s 4-2 win over Boston University in the semis on Saturday despite the team being outshot by the Terriers 46-25. She made 32 more in the game on Sunday.
Patty Kazmaier Finalists Announced
On Thursday the USA Hockey Foundation today announced the 10 finalists for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. The award, annually bestowed upon the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey, will be presented 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). The three finalists for this year’s award will be announced on March 10.
The Top 10 are:
Meghan Agosta: Mercyhurst College • Forward • Senior • Ruthven, ON
Tied for the lead in the nation with 79 points … Leads the nation with 46 assists, 13 power-play goals and four shorthanded goals, while ranking third with 33 goals and eight game-winning goals … Team captain … Nine-time CHA Player of the Week … Three-time CHA Player of the Month … Leads the CHA in all offensive categories … Notched at least a point in 31 of 33 games played … Has 28 multi-point games, including 17 with three or more points and 10 multi-goal games … Became the NCAA all-time leading point-getter with a four-point effort on Feb. 4, surpassing Julie Chu, who recorded 285 points in her career. Now stands at 296 career points … Became the NCAA all-time leading scorer on Feb. 25, with two goals in a win over Robert Morris University to score 152 career goals. Surpasses Nicole Corriero, who amassed 150 goals in her career … Tied NCAA goals leader Nicole Corriero with her 150th career goal on Feb. 12 … Made numerous appearances at local elementary schools and spent time talking with youth hockey teams around Canada and Erie, Pa. … Volunteered with the Leamington Police Department, assisting officers in community service and drug and alcohol prevention … Helped organize and participated in Skate with the Lakers, a holiday community engagement event that let members of the Erie community meet and skate with the team …Raised funds and helped facilitate the team’s Skate for the Cure Breast Cancer Awareness series.
Vicki Bendus: Mercyhurst College • Forward • Senior • Wasaga Beach, ON
Ranks fifth in the nation with 1.85 points per game and third with 1.19 assists per game … Assistant captain … Has five power-play goals and 17 multi-point games … Ranks third in the CHA with 24 points, ninth with seven goals, second with 17 assists, and tied for second with 10 power-play points (3-7) … Helped organize and participated in Skate with the Lakers, a holiday community engagement event that let members of the Erie community meet and skate with the team … Raised funds and helped facilitate the team’s Skate for the Cure Breast Cancer Awareness series … Volunteered time with Hockey Canada and several community programs teaching children how to skate … Honored with the NCAA Elite 88 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 88 championships … CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American.
Meghan Duggan: University of Wisconsin • Forward • Senior • Danvers, MA
Tied for the lead in the nation with 79 points … Ranks second nationally with 44 assists, 2.19 points per game, 1.22 assists per game and 11 power-play goals … Ranks second in the nation in goals (35) and short-handed goals (3), and fifth with 0.94 goals per game … Leads the WCHA with 61 points, 34 assists and 20 power-play points (9-11), and ranks second with 27 goals … Has five game-winning goals … Holds a plus-65 rating in 36 games … Recorded 57 points during a UW program-best 25-game point streak (Oct. 22-Feb. 4) … Ranks seventh in NCAA history and leads UW with 230 career points … Became seventh player all-time and first UW player to reach both 100 goals and 100 assists … Became 13th player all-time and second UW player to reach 200 career points … Has 25 multi-point games, including eight multi-goal games … Team captain … Two-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week … Volunteered at UW Kids Clinic … Volunteered at Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital … Volunteered with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin.
Laura Fortino: Cornell University • Defenseman • Sophomore • Hamilton, ON
Leads NCAA defensemen with 36 points (8-28) and ranks 26th overall in the nation with 1.24 points per game … Part of top defensive pairing for nation’s top scoring defense (31 goals in 31 games) … Key member of the top penalty-killing unit in the nation that has allowed just six goals all season (94.1 percent) … Quarterbacks power-play unit ranked second in the nation (25.7 percent) … Leads ECAC Hockey defensemen with 28 points (7-21), good for fifth overall, while leading the league with 21 assists and 14 power-play points (4-10) … Has nine multi-point games … Ranks second among all defensemen in the nation with a plus-41 rating … Named to preseason All-ECAC Hockey team … Big Sister to area girls … Organized Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program … Helped pack meals for Feed My Starving Children.
Haley Irwin: Univ. of Minnesota Duluth • Forward • Junior • Thunder Bay, ON
Ranks fourth in the NCAA with 2.04 points per game with 42 in 23 games, second with 1.26 assists per game and thirteenth with 0.78 goals per game … Ranks sixth in the nation with two short-handed goals and 15th with four game-winning goals … Ranks seventh in the WCHA with 1.95 points per game with 37 in 19 games, eighth with 0.79 goals per game, eighth with 1.16 assists per game, second with three shorthanded points (2-1), first with two shorthanded goals and fifth with three game-winning tallies … Owns a plus-37 rating … Has had 14 multipoint games, including eight that have included three or more points … Twice named the WCHA’s Offensive Player of the Week … Volunteered with P.R.O. in Thunder Bay, Ont., to help raise money for underprivileged kids in after school activities … Showed dogs for the Thunder Bay Humane Society to help raise money and to raise awareness for adoption … Participated in the Shooting Stars Foundation floor hockey tournament to help raise money for children’s charities in Saskatchewan and helped plan an activity day involving a wide range of sports for schools in the Thunder Bay area … Also volunteers at the Union Gospel Mission in Duluth, Minn., by helping serve meals.
Rebecca Johnston: Cornell University • Forward • Junior • Sudbury, ON
Ranks 16th in the nation with 1.59 points per game, ninth with 0.86 goals per game and 26th with 0.72 assists per game … Ranks sixth nationally with two shorthanded goals (2) and ninth with five game-winning goals … Has 13 multi-point games and has scored in 23 of 31 games … Ranks second in ECAC Hockey with 17 goals, while sitting fourth with 29 points … Third in ECAC Hockey with a plus-40 rating … Named to ECAC Hockey Preseason All-League team … Big Sister to area girls … Organized Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program … Helped pack meals for Feed My Starving Children.
Hilary Knight: University of Wisconsin • Forward • Junior • Sun Valley, ID
Leads the nation with 46 goals and ranks fifth in NCAA single-season history … Leads the nation with 1.28 goals per game, while ranking third with 75 points, 2.08 points per game and eight game-winning goals … Leads the WCHA with 29 goals and ranks third with 50 points … Has eight power-play goals and two short-handed goals … Holds a plus-53 rating in 36 games … Currently on an 22-game point streak (Dec. 10-Feb. 26) … Has 23 multi-point games, including 15 multi-goal games … Became first UW player to reach 100 career goals … WCHA Preseason Player of the Year … Three-time WCHA Offensive Player of the Week … Assistant captain … Volunteered with UW Kids Clinic … Visited local school Thoreau Elementary.
Noora Räty: University of Minnesota • Goaltender • Sophomore • Espoo, Finland
Ranks third in the nation with a .946 save percentage, sixth with a 1.59 goals-against average and seventh with a .781 winning percentage (24-6-2) in 32 games … Leads the nation and broke a school record with nine shutouts … Also combined with Jenny Lura for two additional shutouts and had five games with only one goal allowed … Broke her own school record for saves in a season, now at 857 … Finished the regular season with a conference GAA of 1.70, ranking second in the WCHA … Her 1515:01 minutes played were the second most in conference action … Opened the season with four consecutive shutouts … Named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week three times … Set a career-high 46 saves when she helped the Gophers to a 2-2 tie against No. 1 Wisconsin … Has volunteered with the HopeKids organization and Skate with the Gophers … Earned a 4.0 GPA during the fall semester.
Molly Schaus: Boston College • Goaltender • Senior • Natick, MA
Fourth in the NCAA with a 1.42 goals-against average, fifth with a .941 save percentage, sixth with a .793 winning percentage (21-4-4 record) and 11th with four shutouts … Team captain … Ranks second in Hockey East with a 1.39 GAA, third with a .941 save percentage and second with a .725 winning percentage … Named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week once … Has recorded 15 games with 20 or more saves and four games with 30 or more saves … Received Bertagna Goaltending Award for the third time in her career in 33rd Annual Women’s Beanpot after BC’s 3-1 victory … Participates in Newton Special Athletes, skating with children with special needs … Annual participant in the Massachusetts Hospital School sled hockey game and visits with disabled students at the school … Participates in Food for Families, collecting and distributing food to low-income families in Boston … Member of the Boston College Athlete Pen Pal Program.
Kelli Stack: Boston College • Forward • Senior • Brooklyn Heights, OH
Ranks eighth in the NCAA with 53 points and third with 33 goals … Team captain … Ranks first in the country with four shorthanded goals, fifth with seven game-winning goals and fifth with eight power-play goals … Leads Hockey East with 33 points, 22 goals, 12 power-play points (7-5), four shorthanded points (4-0) and five game-winning goals … Named Hockey East Player of the Month twice … Named Hockey East Player of the Week three times … Has tallied 18 multi-point games … Became the all-time leading scorer at Boston College this year, with 95 goals … Holds the Hockey East career records in points (133) and goals (68) … Holds the Hockey East active career record in assists (65) … Participates in Newton Special Athletes, skating with children with special needs … Annual participant in the Massachusetts Hospital School sled hockey game and visits with disabled students at the school … Participates in Food for Families, collecting and distributing food to low-income families in Boston … Member of the Boston College Athlete Pen Pal Program.
Information courtesy of usahockey.com
Yale to Hold “100 Holes for Mandi” Fundraiser
On March 17th the Yale women’s golf team will hold a “100 Holes for Mandi” in aid of Yale women’s hockey player Mandi Schwartz who has been battling acute myeloid leukemia for more than two years. The team will take donations per hole and then head into the golf simulator in Yale’s Dave Paterson Golf Technology Center in Payne Whitney Gym to play 100 holes of golf in Mandi’s honor starting at 8 a.m.
Mandi, a 23-year-old native of Wilcox, Sask., has been battling acute myeloid leukemia for more than two years. This past September she required a stem cell transplant at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle that was designed to give her a new immune system using stem cells from two anonymously donated units of umbilical cord blood. A biopsy in December indicated that she has relapsed, and she is now back home with her family.
Those interested in supporting the cause can e-mail their desired donation total and contact information to Coach Rompothong at email@example.com. Checks should be made out to “Yale University Relief Fund” with “Mandi Schwartz” in the memo line and sent to:
Yale Athletic Department
PO Box 208216
New Haven, CT 06520-8216
March 3, 2011
WCHA Awards Presented
Three members of the Badgers’ high-scoring line and a pair of players from the University of Minnesota lead the All-WCHA First Team selected by coaches. Wisconsin’s Meghan Duggan, who was the league’s scoring champion with 61 points (27 goals, 34 assists) in 28 games, was named the WCHA’s Player of the Year. The senior from Danvers, MA also leads the first team All-WCHA squad which includes Duggan’s teammates, Hilary Knight, a junior from Sun Valley, Idaho who had 29 goals and 50 points in league play, and Brianna Decker, a sophomore from Dousman, Wisconsin, who had 23 goals and 51 points.
The All-WCHA First team also includes Minnesota junior defenseman Anne Schleper, a junior from St. Cloud, Minnesota and the lone repeater on the team, and teammate and goaltender Noora Räty, a sophomore from Espoo, Finland who had nine shutouts this season, a 1.70 goals-against average in league play and a .943 conference save percentage.
Minnesota Duluth’s Jocelyne Larocque, a senior defender from Ste Anne, Manitoba, completes the first team, one of a trio of honors she received. Larocque also was voted the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s head coaches, was the top-scoring defenseman in the league with six goals, 18 assists and 24 points in 26 league contests, and also was named the WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year.
The WCHA Coach of the Year Award for 2010-11 went to Wisconsin’s Mark Johnson. It is the fourth time Johnson has either won or shared the award. The former ‘Miracle on Ice’ hero and gold medalist in the 1980 Olympics is a three-time national Division 1 coach of the year and his team won over 30 games. In his seven years at Wisconsin, Johnson has an .815 winning percentage. He took a sabbatical to coach the United States team to a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010. That U.S. team included Knight, Duggan and All-WCHA Second Team members Jocelyne Lamoureux, a forward from the University of North Dakota, and her twin sister Monique Lamoureux-Kolls (Grand Forks, ND), a defenseman. Other All-WCHA Second Team members include Haley Irwin, a forward from Minnesota Duluth, Natalie Spooner, Ohio State University’s all-league forward last season, Minnesota Duluth defenseman Jessica Wong, and Bemidji State University goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova, who shared WCHA Player of the Year honors last season. It is the third straight season Tomcikova has been the second team all-league goalie.
Minnesota’s Amanda Kessel was named WCHA Rookie of the Year and leads the All-WCHA Rookie Team and the All-WCHA Third Team. Kessel’s brother, Phil, is a former Minnesota athlete who currently is a NHL all-star with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Also named to the All-WCHA Third Team was Minnesota Duluth senior goaltender Kim Martin (Stockholm, Sweden), who was the league’s goaltending champion with a 1.51 goals-against average in league play, sophomore defensemen Megan Bozek of Minnesota, junior defenseman Brittany Haverstock of Wisconsin, and forwards Elin Holmlov, a senior from Minnesota Duluth, and Erin Cody, a senior from Bemidji State.
Joining Kessel on the All-WCHA Rookie Team were Minnesota forward Kelly Terry, Wisconsin forward Brittany Ammerman, Minnesota defenseman Baylee Gillanders, North Dakota defenseman Kayla Berg, and goaltender Alex Rigsby of Wisconsin.
The conference also today released the 2010-11 All-WCHA Academic Team,comprised of 97 student-athletes representing all eight WCHA women’s member institutions.
Earlier today, USA Hockey, Inc., announced that four WCHA players – Wisconsin forwards Duggan and Knight, Minnesota Duluth forward Irwin and Minnesota goaltender Räty – were among the 10 finalists for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given each year to the top player in women’s Div. 1 collegiate hockey.
Conference member-team head coaches and assistant coaches vote for the WCHA individual award winners. The WCHA Defensive Player of the Year Award is chosen by the head coaches, while the WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year is selected by the institutional faculty representatives.
2010-11 WCHA Award Winners
WCHA Player of the Year: Meghan Duggan, Sr., F, University of Wisconsin (Danvers, MA)
WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year: Jocelyne Larocque, Sr., D, University of Minnesota Duluth (Ste Anne, MB)
WCHA Defensive Player of the Year: Jocelyne Larocque, Sr., D, University of Minnesota Duluth (Ste Anne, MB)
WCHA Rookie of the Year: Amanda Kessel, Fr., F, University of Minnesota (Madison, WI)
WCHA Coach of the Year: Mark Johnson, Head Coach, University of Wisconsin
WCHA Scoring Champion: Meghan Duggan, Sr., F, University of Wisconsin (Danvers, MA)
WCHA Goaltending Champion: Kim Martin, Sr., G, University of Minnesota Duluth (Stockholm, Sweden)
All-WCHA First Team
Forward: Hilary Knight, Jr., F, University of Wisconsin; Meghan Duggan, Sr., F, University of Wisconsin; Brianna Decker, So., F, University of Wisconsin
Defense: Anne Schleper, Jr., D, University of Minnesota; Jocelyne Larocque, Sr., D, University of Minnesota Duluth
Goaltender: Noora Räty, So., G, University of Minnesota
All-WCHA Second Team
Forward: Natalie Spooner, Jr., F, Ohio State University; Jocelyne Lamoureux, So., F, University of North Dakota; Haley Irwin, Jr., F, University of Minnesota Duluth
Defense: Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, So., D, University of North Dakota; Jessica Wong, So., D, University of Minnesota Duluth
Goaltender: Zuzana Tomcikova, Jr., G, Bemidji State University
All-WCHA Third Team
Forward: Elin Holmlov, Sr., F, University of Minnesota Duluth; Erin Cody, Sr., F, Bemidji State University; Amanda Kessel, Fr., F, University of Minnesota
Defense: Megan Bozek, So., D, University of Minnesota; Brittany Haverstock, Jr., D, University of Wisconsin
Goaltender: Kim Martin, Sr., G, University of Minnesota Duluth (Stockholm, Sweden)
All-WCHA Rookie Team
Forwards: Amanda Kessel, Fr., F, University of Minnesota; Kelly Terry, Fr., F., University of Minnesota; Brittany Ammerman, Fr., F, University of Wisconsin
Defense: Baylee Gillanders, Fr., University of Minnesota Kayla Berg, Fr., D, University of North Dakota
Goaltender: Alex Rigsby, Fr., G, University of Wisconsin
2010-11 All-WCHA Academic Team
To qualify for the All-WCHA Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at present institution, prior to the current academic year, and have a grade point average of at least 3.0 for the previous two semesters or three quarters. Members of the 2010-11 All-WCHA Academic Team, by member institution and in alphabetical order are:
Bemidji State University: Molly Arola, Annie Bauerfeld, Erin Cody, Emily Erickson, Jamie Hatheway, Kimberly Lieder, Sadie Lundquist, Alana McElhinney, Mackenzie Thurston, Zuzana Tomcikova Montana Vichorek, Erika Wheelhouse, Marlee Wheelhouse, Abby Williams, Lauren Williams.
University of Minnesota: Megan Bozek, Samantha Downey, Sarah Erickson, Alyssa Grogan, Mira Jalosuo, Becky Kortum, Nikki Ludwigson, Jenny Lura, Noora Räty, Anne Schleper.
University of Minnesota Duluth: Kacy Ambroz, Audrey Cournoyer, Gina Dodge, Laura Fridfinnson, Jennifer Harss, Haley Irwin, Jocelyne Larocque, Mariia Posa, Lana Steck, Vanessa Thibault, Katie Wilson, Pernilla Winberg.
Minnesota State University, Mankato: Alli Altmann, Emilia Andersson, Emmi Leinonen, Ariel Mackley, Erika Magnusson, Moira O’Connor, Jackie Otto, Sarah Schneekloth , Lauren Smith, Nina Tikkinen, Amy Udvig.
University of North Dakota: Kayla Berg, Sara Dagenais, Jorid Dagfinrud, Ashley Furia, Megan Gilbert, Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, Mary Loken, Margot Miller Allison Parizek, Stephanie Roy, Ashley Holmes, Jordan Slavin, Alyssa Wiebe.
Ohio State University: Barbara Bilko, Teal Bishop, Amanda Boskovich, Brittany Carlson, Melissa Feste, Jenna Kilpatrick, Sandy Nelson, Liz Rizzo, Paige Semenza, Natalie Spooner, Minttu Tuominen, Kelly Wild.
St. Cloud State University: Katie Allen, Callie Dahl, Anna Donlan, Courtney Josefson, Diana Karouzos, Kylie Lane, Lisa Martinson, Alex Nelson, Haylea Schmid, Ellie Sitek, Brittany Toor, Tayler VanDenakker.
University of Wisconsin: Brianna Decker, Mallory Deluce, Breann Frykas, MN), Alev Kelter, Stefanie McKeough, Kelly Nash, Saige Pacholok, Carla Pentimone, Carolyne Prevost, Geena Prough, Becca Ruegsegger.
Information courtesy of the WCHA website.
Agosta leads the CHA playoff scoring race with three goals and two assists; while Niagara’s Jenni Bauer was 0-1-0 with a 1.02 GAA and a .969 SAV%.
Dumais has four goals and three assists over five ECAC playoff games to lead the conference playoff scoring race; while Cornell’s Amanda Mazzotta is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and a SAV% of .939.
Northeastern forward Casey Pickett had six points (three goals, three assists) to lead all conference point getters. Between the pipes Boston College’s Molly Schaus (2-0-0, 1.37 GAA, .944 SAV%) leads all netminders.
Wisconsin forward Brianna Decker leads all WCHA point getters with five goals and six assists in four WCHA games; and Minnesota-Duluth netminder Kim Martin is 1-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA and 1.000 SAV% to lead all conference goalies.
The Games To Come
The NCAA quarterfinals will begin on Saturday as Boston University hosts Mercyhurst; Cornell hosts Dartmouth; Minnesota is at Boston College; and Wisconsin is at home to Minnesota-Duluth.