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.
Three members of the Gophers women's hockey and six members of the men's hockey team have been named to the WCHA scholar-athletes.
To earn the award, student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution before the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or their overall GPA has to be at least 3.50 for all terms at their present institution.
Gophers women's hockey
Bethany Brausen, so., F, Little Canada
Alyssa Grogan, sr., G, Eagan
Nikki Ludwigson, sr., F, Bloomington ... repeat
Gophers men's hockey
Zach Budish, so., F, Edina
Nate Condon, so., F, Wausau, Wis
Jake Kremer, sr., G, Eden Prairie ... repeat
Nick Larson, sr., F, Stillwater
Taylor Matson, sr., F, Mound
Nico Sacchetti, sr., F, Virginia, Mn. .... repeat
Altogether a record 96 hockey players were named WCHA scholar-athletes. Here is the list from other schools:
2011-12 WCHA Scholar-Athletes
****four-time recipient; ***three-time recipient; **two time recipient
University of Alaska Anchorage
Matt Bailey (So., F, Winnipeg, MB); Brett Cameron (So., F, Spruce Grove, AB); Chris Crowell** (Jr., F, Williams Lake, BC); Andrew Pickering (So., F, West Vancouver, BC); Jade Portwood (Sr., F, Victoria, BC); Dusan Sidor*** (Jr., G, Poprad, Slovakia).
Bemidji State University
Molly Arola** (Jr., F, Walker, MN); Allie Duellman (So., D, Maplewood, MN); Darcy Findlay** (Sr., F, Bristol, QC); Drew Fisher** (Sr., F, International Falls, MN); Sadie Lundquist** (Jr., F, Cloquet, MN); Jamie MacQueen** (Sr., F, St. Thomas, ON); Alana McElhinney*** (Sr., G, Calgary, AB); Montana Vichorek*** (Sr., D, Moose Lake, MN); Erika Wheelhouse (Jr., D, Crookston, MN); Lauren Williams (Sr., F, Eagan, MN).
David Civitarese*** (Sr., F, Calgary, AB).
University of Denver
Beau Bennett (So., F, Gardena, CA); Daniel Olszewski (So., F, Janesville, WI); Shawn Ostrow** (Jr., F, Calgary, AB); Paul Phillips** (Jr., D, Darien, IL).
Michigan Technological University
Corson Cramer*** (Jr., G, Colorado Springs, CO); Kevin Genoe** (Jr.,G, Qualicum Beach, BC); Patrick McCadden (So., F, Chesterfield, MO); Brad Stebner (So., D, Fort McMurray, AB).
University of Minnesota Duluth
Kacy Ambroz (Sr., F, New Prague, MN); Audrey Cournoyer** (Jr., F, Montreal, QC); Aaron Crandall** (So., G, Lakeville, MN); Jamie Kenyon (So., F, Sparta, WI); Luke McManus (So., D, Apple Valley, MN); Mariia Posa (Jr., D, Helsinki, Finland); Kenny Reiter**** (Sr., G, Pittsburgh, PA); Lana Steck (Sr., G, Winnipeg, MB); Vanessa Thibault** (Jr., F, Lachine, QC).
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Alli Altmann** (Sr., G, Eagan, MN); Emilia Andersson (Jr., D, Stockholm, Sweden); Cameron Cooper (Sr., D, Lakeville, MN); Tyler Elbrecht** (Jr., D, Edwardsville, IL); Elisabeth Hewett (So., D, Oak Bluff, MB); Evan Karambelas (Fr., G, Fort St. John, BC); Melissa Klippenstein (So., F, Neubergthal, MB); Austin Lee**** (Sr., G, Bloomington, MN); Ariel Mackley** (Sr., F, Burnsville, MN); Erika Magnusson** (Jr., D, Fergus Falls, MN); Evan Mosey (Jr., D, Downers Grove, IL); Jackie Otto*** (Sr., D, Lake Zurich, IL); Kathleen Rogan (So., F, Vancouver, BC); Joe Schiller*** (Sr., F, Detroit Lakes, MN); Lauren Smith** (Jr., F, Burnsville, MN).
University of Nebraska Omaha
Bryce Aneloski (Jr., D, Pekin, IL); Fredrik Bergman** (Jr., G, Vienna, VA); Terry Broadhurst (Jr., F, Orland Park, IL); Kyle Ensign (Sr., D, New Richmond, WI); Zahn Raubenheimer (So., F, Smoky Lake, AB); Johnnie Searfoss (So., F, Colleyville, TX); Alex Simonson (So., F, Grand Forks, ND).
University of North Dakota
Taylor Dickin (So., F, Winnipeg, MB); Brad Eidsness*** (Sr., G, Chestermere, AB); Jocelyne Lamoureux** (Jr., F, Grand Forks, ND); Monique Lamoureux-Kolls** (Jr., F/D, Grand Forks, ND); Mary Loken** (Jr., F, Roseau, MN); Allison Parizek** (Jr., F, Minot, ND); Margot Miller** (Sr., F, West Bloomfield, MI); Michelle Bonapace-Potvin (Fr., G, Royn-Noranda, QC); Dillon Simpson (So., D, Edmonton, AB); Jordan Slavin** (Jr., D, Erie, CO).
Ohio State University
Madison Marcotte (So., D, White Bear Lake, MN); Minttu Tuominen (Jr., F, Espoo, Finland); Kelly Wild** (Sr., D, Mendota Heights, MN).
St. Cloud State University
Sydney Burghardt (So., F, Medicine Hat, AB); Jordy Christian*** (Sr., F, Moorhead, MN); Callie Dahl** (Jr., F, Stillwater, MN); Anna Donlan*** (Jr., G, Hillsboro, WI); Nic Dowd (So., F, Huntsville, AL); Kevin Gravel (So., D, Kingsford, MI); Julia Gilbert (So., F, Hermantown, MN); Ben Hanowski (Jr., F, Little Falls, MN); Nick Jensen (So., D, Rogers, MN); Drew LeBlanc*** (Sr., F, Hermantown, MN); Mike Lee** (Jr., G, Roseau, MN); Lisa Martinson (Jr., D, St. Louis Park, MN); Travis Novak*** (Sr., F, Lethbridge, AB); Amy Olson (So., F, Roseau, MN); Brittany Toor*** (Sr., F, Hartland, MI).
University of Wisconsin
Natalie Berg (So., D, Minnetonka, MN); Gavin Hartzog (So., F, Pewaukee, WI); Carolyne Prévost*** (Sr., F, Sarnia, ON).
Right winger Amanda Kessel of the Gophers is the WCHA offensive player of the week.
She had three goals and five assists as the Gophers swept St. Cloud State 8-1 and 7-0 last weekend. She had two goals and four assists in the first game, and had one goal and one assist the second game.
Kessel has 24 goals and 34 assists this season for 58 points in 30 games. Her 58 points are the fourth most in the WCHA.
TWO UND PLAYERS HONORED
Junior defenseman Monique Lamoureux-Kolls is the defensive player of the week. She had two assists, including one on the game-winner, as the Fighting Sioux beat Bemidji State 5-2 in the first game, and then had two goals, including the winning goal, as UND edged the Beavers 3-1 in the second game.
She helped hold BSU to zero-for-18 on the power play.
Lamoureux-Kolls has 24 goals, 39 assists for 63 points, which ranks third in the conference.
Michelle Karvinen, her teammate, was the rookie of the week. Karvinen, a sophomore from Rodovoe, Denmark in her first season at UND, had a hat trick and an assist last Friday, and two assists the next night.
She has 21 goals and 29 assists for 50 points, sixth in the league.
Two Gophers also were nominated for these two awards. Goalie Noora Raty's name was submitted for defensive player of the week and forward Rachael Bona's for rookie of the week.
Senior left winger Emily West of the Gophers has been named the WCHA's offensive player of the week.
West had three goals last Friday as the Gophers beat Minnesota State Mankato 6-3 on the road and had another goal Saturday in her team's 4-1 win. The hat trick was the first of her college career.
West, of Colorado Springs, has 16 goals and 10 assists for 26 points in 26 games this season.
Sophomore goalie Alex Rigsby of Wisconsin is the conference's defensive player of the week. She stopped 64 of 66 shots as swept visiting Bemidji State 3-2 in overtime and 1-0. The shutout in the second game was the sixth this season for Rigsby of Delafield, Wis.. ... Defenseman Kelly Seeler of the Gophers was also nominate for this award.
The rookie of the week is forward Josefine Jakobsen of North Dakota. Jakobsen of Aalborg, Denmark, had a goal and four assists as UND split on the road with Ohio State. The Buckeyes won the first game 6-2, lost the second 5-2.
The question this morning, looking ahead to the national polls which were released at midday, was how high would the No. 3 Gophers climb? After all they swept St. Cloud State this past weekend, 2-1 and 3-2. And actually, if one looks at the shot totals, neither game should have been that close.
The two teams ranked higher than the Gophers both struggled. Minnesota Duluth, an unchallenged No. 1 for weeks, tied Michigan Tech 4-4 and lost to the Huskies 5-0 at Amsoil Arena. A flat performance, to say the least. But then the 'Dogs had been playing so well and still have only five losses.
Boston University, No. 2 last week, had just as tough a weekend, losing to Maine twice, 4-2 and 3-1.
USCHO.com still has UMD at No. 1, but the Gophers are now No. 2 and received 21 first-place votes:
Record Pts. Last week
1 Minnesota-Duluth (28) 17- 5-4 959 1
2 Minnesota (21) 19- 9-1 918 3
3 Boston University 15- 8-1 799 2
4 Merrimack 14- 5-5 784 5
5 Boston College 16-10-1 777 7
6 Ferris State ( 1) 17- 8-3 716 10
7 Michigan 15- 9-4 689 8
8 Notre Dame 15-10-3 673 4
9 Mass-Lowell 16- 7-0 596 11
10 Ohio State 14- 8-5 531 6
11 Colorado College 14- 9-1 451 12
11 Union 15- 6-6 451 14
13 Denver 15- 8-3 383 15
14 Cornell 11- 6-4 338 9
15 Maine 14- 8-3 326 20
16 Western Michigan 13-10-5 290 13
17 North Dakota 15-10-2 227 18
18 Miami 15-11-2 220 17
19 Northern Michigan 12- 9-5 111 19
20 Colgate 14- 9-3 87 NR
But USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine has a new No. 1. The Gophers and UMD received the same numbers of votes, but Minnesota had two more first-place votes and edges the Bulldogs by the narrowest of margins:
1 Minnesota 473 (18) 19-9-1 3
2 Minnesota Duluth 473 (16) 17-5-4 1
3 Boston University 394 15-8-1 2
4 Merrimack 376 14-5-5 5
5 Boston College 332 16-10-1 8
6 Notre Dame 320 15-10-3 4
7 Ferris State 317 17-8-3 12
8 Michigan 278 15-9-4 9
9 UMass Lowell 250 16-7-0 11
10 Ohio State 178 14-8-5 7
11 Colorado Col 150 14-9-1 10
12 Union College 128 15-6-6 13
13 Denver 118 15-8-3 15
14 Cornell 108 11-6-4 6
15 Maine 60 14-8-3 NR
Why the difference? Both polls have coaches and media members voting on the top college hockey teams each week, but not the same ones.
In the first USA Today poll I saw at 12:46 p.m., the Gophers had 475 points and UMD 473. At some point, those totals were corrected to 473 apiece. Not sure why USA Today doesn't consider that a tie for No. 1, but it doesn't.
If I had a vote, which I don't, UMD would be my No. 1 team because the Bulldogs have only five losses, four fewer than the Gophers. Yes, I know the Gophers swept UMD 5-4, 5-4 on the road. But either team could have won those games. One went into overtime.
After that series, UMD went on a remarkable 17-game unbeaten. The Gophers have been too up and down. But being No. 2 in the nation in USCHO.com poll -- and mine -- isn't bad this late in the season.
I just hope they play again in the Final Five or the NCAA tournament. That first Gophers-UMD game, with 90-some shots and an overtime was awesome. UMD outshot the Gophers 50-16 in that second game but lost the battle in the nets.
In the only poll that really matters, the Gophers are No. 9 in the PairWise rankings this week. No. 1 is UMD, Boston University is No. 2. That means if the NCAA tournament was starting today, the Gophers would be the second or third seed in the West Regional at the Xcel Center.
The PairWise mimics how the NCAA fills out its field with nine at-large teams after five teams get automatic bids by winning conference tournaments.
Gophers left winger Rachael Bona is the WCHA's rookie of the week.
Bona, of Coon Rapids, scored the first goal for the Gophers in their 3-2 comeback victory over Bemidji State last Friday. The Beavers led 2-0 in that game until Bona's goal in the middle of the second period.
She had seven shots on goal in the series. The Gophers and Beavers tied 3-3 in the second game, forcing a shootout which the U won 2-0 for the extra point in the WCHA standings.
Bona has at least one point in every series the Gophers have played in 2012. She has four goals and five assists for nine points this season in 26 games.
The other two weekly award winners were both North Dakota players. Junior forward Jocelyne Lamoureux was named the offensive player of the week and goalie Jorid Dagfinrud the defensive player of the week.
Lamoureux had five goals and four assists as UND swept St. Cloud State 10-0 and 9-0. Dagfinrud, a junior from Sarpsborg, Norway, stopped 43 shots in those two games.
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