Megan Wolfe scored early and Amanda Leveille made 19 saves, leading Minnesota to a 4-1 victory over Harvard on Sunday for the third women’s hockey championship in four seasons for the Gophers.
Boston College junior forward Alex Carpenter has won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given annually to the top player in women’s college hockey. The award was presented Saturday at the University of Minnesota, the site of the NCAA championship. Carpenter beat finalists Hannah Brandt, a junior forward for Minnesota.
For the fourth time in as many years, Minnesota will be playing for a national title.
Hannah Brandt and Rachel Ramsey claimed the top honors as the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team took eight awards from the WCHA, the league announced Wednesday.
The University of Minnesota announced Thursday that three players on the women’s hockey team have been named finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award. It goes every year to the top player in women’s college hockey.
Minnesota is the preseason pick by WCHA women’s coaches to win the conference this season. The WCHA announced the preseason poll Tuesday. The Gophers, who were beaten by Clarkson in the NCAA championship game last season, are the reigning WCHA regular season and playoff champions.
Minnesota sophomore forward Hannah Brandt is among three finalists for the 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. Brandt joins Clarkson senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray and Cornell junior forward Jillian Saulnier as finalists for the top honor in college women’s hockey. Brandt leads the nation in points (61), assists (40) and assists per game (1.11).
Hannah Brandt had a national team training camp practice the morning of New Year’s Eve, and her Hill-Murray Pioneers had a holiday tournament game that afternoon.