Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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SIx Minnesotans honored by USA hockey

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: May 29, 2013 - 2:17 PM

USA Hockey has named a handful of major award winners for the 2012-13 season.

They will receive their awards on June 5 or 7. Among the award winnrers are six Minnesotans. Below are their bios, compiled by USA Hockey:

Amanda Kessel ... Bob Allen Women's Player of the Year

The junior foward won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, led the Gophers  to an undefeated season and an  NCAA championship.

Earned a gold medal as a member of Team USA at the IIHF Women’s World Championship.

Led the nation with a career-high 101 points (46 goals, 55 assists).

Was a first-team All-America selection, and the  WCHA Player of the Year.

Eric Hartzell ... College Player of the Year

Led Quinnipiac University to a 30-7-5 record, the ECAC regular-season title, and the school’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Men’s Frozen and a national runner-up finish.

The senior goaltender and White Bear Lake native was selected to the 2012-13 American Hockey Coaches Association's Division I All-America East first team and was the 2012-13 USCHO Player of the Year.

Named ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year honors.

The Hobey Baker finalist allowed two goals or fewer in 35 of his 42 starts and led the Bobcats to the top overall team defense in the nation. He posted a 1.57 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage and led the nation with 2,522 minutes played. His five shutouts tied for third overall.

In nets, as Hartzell as Bobcats  went 18-0-3 during a 21-game unbeaten streak that ran from Nov. 9 to Feb. 9.



Taylor Cammarata ...  Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year

Played for the Waterloo Black Hawks. ... Was named both the USHL’s Forward of the Year and Player of the Year after leading the league with 38 goals and 93 points in 59 games. His 55 assists placed second overall in the league.

Had at least one point in 48 of 59 games played and had 29 multiple-point games, including a six-point effort on Oct. 28 at Youngstown. He was plus or even in 53 of his 59 games and placed fourth in the league with a plus-39 rating.

Member of the U.S. junior select team this past fall that earned first place at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge.

Signed and will play for Gophers  in 2013-14 season.

Charlie Lindgren ... Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year

Helped the Sioux Falls Stampede to the USHL’s Western Conference crown and a second-place finish overall in the league with a 35-14-2 regular-season record.

Led the USHL in wins with 35 victories and allowed two or fewer goals on 24 occasions, including a pair of shutouts, and finished the regular season with a 2.80 goals against average and .900 save percentage.

Fifth in the league with 1,198 saves and appeared in all 10 playoff games for Sioux Falls, posting a 5-5 record along with a 2.52 goals against average and .921 save percentage.

Will play for St. Cloud State in 2013-14.


Phil Housley ... Distinguished Achievement Award

In 2012-13, Phil Housley helped the United States capture medals at two international competitions.

Was head coach of the national Junior Team which won the gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in January in Ufa, Russia.

In May, was assistant coach on U.S. team which eanred the bronze medal at the IIHF Men’s World Championship in Finland and Sweden.

.Housley enjoyed a 21-year career as a defenseman in the NHL, finishing with 1,232 points (338-894). Recently was named an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators.

The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to a U.S. citizen who has made hockey his or her profession and has made outstanding contributions on or off the ice to the sport in America.

Sue Ring-Jarvi ...  Adult Ironman of the Year

She organized the University of Minnesota’s women’s hockey club team in 1974 and initiated girls’ hockey programs throughout the metro area from 1976-78.

She was  part of the movement that led Minnesota to become the first state to recognize girls’ hockey as a varsity sport in 1994.

Ring-Jarvi was inducted into the University of Minnesota’s National M Club Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and was recognized with the Joe Burke Award in 2007, presented annually to the person who has given outstanding contribution, support, and dedication to women’s ice hockey.

She also plays the sport, most recently competing with the Minnesota Blue J Bandits.

Nine with ties to U invited to women's natational selection camp

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: April 30, 2013 - 9:55 AM

Nine current or former Gophers women’s hockey players have been to the U.S. women’s national team selection camp. It will be held at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., June 16-23.

The nine Golden Gophers selected are:

D Megan Bozek

F Hannah Brandt

F Sarah Erickson

F Amanda Kessel

D Gigi Marvin

D Milica McMillen

D Anne Schleper

F Jen Schoullis

D Lee Stecklein

A total of 41 players have been invited to the camp -- four goalies, 12 defensemen and 25 forwards -- which will consist of daily practices, off-ice testing and three intrasquad scrimmages. The camp will be used to determine the U.S. women’s national team roster that will train together and participate in various competitions in the build-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

The final 21-player U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team roster is expected to be announced in late December 2013.

Bozek, Erickson, Kessel, Marvin, Schleper, Schoullis and Stecklein were all on the U.S. Women’s National Team that captured the gold medal at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Ont. last month.

Marvin is the lone player to represent the Maroon & Gold in an Olympic Winter Games.

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will run from Feb. 6-23 and the women’s ice hockey competition is slated to begin on Feb. 8 with the gold medal game played on Feb. 20.


The Wisconsin women's hockey team signed goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens of La Malbaie, Quebec, to a national letter of intent on Monday. She will join the Badgers for the 2013-14 season.

"We're really excited that she's coming in," UW coach Mark  Johnson said. "I think she's going to be a great goaltender for us."

Desbiens is a 5-foot-9 goaltender who spent the 2012-13 season playing for the Beaubourg Seigneurs AA, a boys midget AA level team located in Beauport, Quebec. With Beabourg, she was named the best goaltender in the Quebec Midget AA League, leading the league with a 1.99 goals-against average.


U's big three in Women's World Championships shone brightly

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: April 10, 2013 - 2:23 PM

What a day for U women's hockey on Tuesday.

Junior forward Amanda Kessel scored the game-winning goal early in the third period as the U.S. beats Canada 3-2 for the gold medal in the Women's World Championship in Ottawa, Ontario.

"I feel like it is revenge," Kessel said, according to a U of M release. "We got beat on our home soil last year. To come into Canada and win the gold medal is unbelievable. We used our speed and worked hard. It gives us great confidence heading to Sochi."

She was speaking of the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next year.

Senior defenseman Megan Bozek, Kessel's Gopher teammate, had the second U.S. goal. on a 5-on-3 power played, she scored on a slapper. It was her only tournament goal, but she also had two assists.

With the score knotted at 2-all, Kessel carried the puck into the right circle on an odd-man rush, then sniped a shot over one of the Canadian goalie's shoulders.

It was the fifth gold for the U.S. in this tournament.

Kessel was named the U.S. team's player of the game and one of its top three players. She tied for second in tournament scoring with two goals and six assists for eight points.

As for Noora Raty, she was in the nets for Finland in the bronze medal game. The punchless Finns lost 2-0 to Russia.

Raty kept the game scoreless until the third period when the Russians scored when Raty was screened. The second goal was an empty-netter in the last minute.

Raty was named to the media all-star team.

On Monday, Raty made 40 saves as the Finns lost 3-0 to the U.S. in the semifinals. She kept the score 0-0 until the U.S. got a puck past her at 13:55 of the third period. The Americans also scored once more before scoring into an empty net for the third goal.

Shots were 42-11 for the U.S. Raty has to rank as the one of the best women's goalies in the world right now, if not the best. She had an incredible season for the U, too.

NCAA hockey field to be announced Sunday night

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: March 22, 2013 - 2:10 PM

This year’s 16-team field for the NCAA Division I men’s hockey tournament will be revealed on ESPNU at 8 p.m. Sunday. Host Anish Shroff will be joined by hockey analysts Barry Melrose and Dave Starman to discuss the five automatic qualifiers and 11 at-large teams that will play in the four regionals which will air on ESPNU.

The show will also feature a special on Quinnipiac  as the Bobcats look to secure a No. 1 seed and make only their second appearance in the NCAA championship since becoming a Division I team in 1998-99.

Usually this show is on a Sunday morning, but the CCHA tournament, because of a schedule conflict, has its championship game on Sunday afternoon.


A joint press conference featuring a special announcements from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, USA Hockey, Inc., and University of Minnesota has been scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the X. At least one usually reliable media source is saying Gophers coach Don Lucia will be named the heade coach of the U.S. team for the 2014 World Junior Championships.

The U.S. team, led by South St. Paul High School coach Phil Housley, won the gold medal in Russia this year. Lucia helped with the national evaluation camp last summer, which was used to help determine the roster. His son, Mario, played on the U.S. team and Grant Potulny, one of Lucia's assistants, was one of Housley's assistants.

So Lucia has a pretty good idea how the team was put together and why it succeeded.


Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel and Noora Raty of the Gophers' No. 1-rated women's hockey team were named to the American Hockey Coaches Association's  Division I all-american first team on Thursday night.  Brad Frost, their coach, was picked  coach of the year for 2012-13.

Bozek is second among defenseman in scoring this season and is a repeat first team pick. The senior from Buffalo Grove, Ill., own nearly every season and career scoring record for a Gophers defenseman.

Kessel leads the nation in scoring with 97 points. She  was a second team honoree last season. The junior forward is  the 24th player in NCAA history to reach the 200-career point mark and the ninth for do so in three seasons. If Kessel tallies three more points this season, she will become only the fourth player in NCAA history to record 100 points in a single season.

Räty leads the nation in goals-against average and save percentage. She was a first team all-american in 2010 and a second team in 2011. The Finnish native is only the second player in Minnesota history to receive three all-america honors during her career. This season she has broken  NCAA records for  career  wins and shutouts and shutouts in a season.

Minnesota has now had 27 players in program history named to an All-American team. This is only the second time that the Maroon & Gold have had three players receive the honor in a season.

This is Frost's  first National Coach of the Year honor and the fourth in program history (Laura Halldorson – 1998, 2002 and 2004). The Gophers are 39-0-0 and play in the Frozen Four this weekend.


Greatest women's team ever? U's case getting stronger

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz Updated: March 8, 2013 - 2:54 AM

On Thursday, word came that all three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial award were Gophers: forward Amanda Kessel, defenseman Megan Bozek and goalie Noora Raty.

That is the first time in the 16-year of the Kazmaier -- the women's hockey equivalent of the Hobey Baker -- that one school had all finalists. A fourth Gopher, freshman Hannah Brandt was among the top 10 final candidates before that group was shrunk to three. The winner will be named during the Frozen Four later this month.

Then on Thursday night, more awards for the U of M at the league banquet at TCF Bank Stadium on the eve of the Final Face-off.

Brad Frost was named the WCHA's Coach of the Year. His team is 36-0-0 this season and has been ranked No. 1 from the start.

Junior forward Amanda Kessel was named the WCHA Player of the Year, senior Megan Bozek the Defensive Player of the Year and forward Hannah Brandt the Freshman of the Year. Of course, all three were picked for the all-WCHA first team. Joining them on the all-conference first team was  teammate Noora Raty, the team's goalie. The senior is the Gophers' first three-time, first team pick.

Three teamnates were named to the All-WCHA third team: junior Kelly Terry, senior Mira Jalsouo and sophomore Rachel Ramsey.

Besied Brandt, the Gophers also had two other all-rookie team picks:  Maryanne Menefee and Milica McMillen.

The complete list of WCHA award winners:

WCHA Player of the Year: Amanda Kessel, Jr., F, Minnesota
WCHA Outstanding Student Athlete of the Year: Jocelyne Lamoureux, Sr., F, North Dakota
WCHA Defensive Player of the Year: Megan Bozek, Sr., D, Minnesota
WCHA Rookie of the Year: Hannah Brandt, Fr., F, Minnesota
WCHA Scoring Champion: Amanda Kessel, Jr., F, Minnesota
WCHA Goaltending Champion: Noora Räty, Sr., Minnesota
WCHA Coach of the Year: Brad Frost, Minnesota

All-WCHA First Team
Forwards - Amanda Kessel, Jr., Minnesota, (34-41-75); Brianna Decker, Sr., Wisconsin (20-18-38); Hannah Brandt, Fr., Minnesota (18-38-56)
Defensemen - Megan Bozek, Sr., Minnesota (14-23-37); Monique Lamoureux, Sr., North Dakota (17-27-44)
Goaltender- Noora Räty, Sr., Minnesota (27-0-0, 1.05 GAA, .950 Sv%).

All-WCHA Second Team
Forwards - Jocelyne Lamoureux, Sr., North Dakota (22-32-54); Michelle Karvinen, Jr., North Dakota (14-21-35); Jenna McParland, So., Minnesota Duluth (10-15-25)
Defensemen - Brigette Lacquette, So., Minnesota Duluth (5-14-19); Jessica Wong, Sr., Minnesota Duluth (7-1522)
Goaltender - Alex Rigsby, Jr., Wisconsin (17-9-2, 1.60 GAA, .940 Sv%).

All-WCHA Third Team
Forward - Lauren Smith, Sr., Minnesota State (17-9-26); Josefine Jakobsen, So., North Dakota (11-15-26); Kelly Terry, Jr., Minnesota (5-19-24)
Defense - Mira Jalosuo, Sr., Minnesota (L6-13-19); Rachel Ramsey, So., Minnesota (8-15-23)
Goaltender - Kayla Black, Fr., Minnesota Duluth (12-12-2, 2.37 GAA, .916 Sv%).

All-WCHA Rookie Team
Forward - Hannah Brandt, Fr., Minnesota (18-38-56); Maryanne Menefee, Fr., Minnesota (11-14-25); Meghan Dufault, Fr., North Dakota (12-12-24)
Defense - Milica McMillen, Fr., Minnesota (8-6-14); Courtney Burke, Fr., Wisconsin (3-14-17)
Goaltender - Kayla Black, Fr., Minnesota Duluth (12-12-2, 2.37 GAA, .916 Sv%).

Conference member-team head coaches, assistant coaches and team captains vote for the WCHA individual award winners. The WCHA Defensive Player of the Year Award is chosen by the head coaches.



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