Player of the Year
Hannah Brandt, Junior, Forward, Minnesota
Honorable Mention: Alex Carpenter, F, Boston College; Marie-Philip Poulin, F, Boston University; Haley Skarupa, F, Boston College
Brandt was named a top-three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award for the second year in a row, and finished the season as the country’s second-leading scorer with 74 points from 34 goals and 40 assists in 40 games. She posted a 66% success rate in the face-off circle, and led the country in face-off wins with 641, over 100 more than Carpenter at #2. Brandt also was the national leader in plus/minus with a +69 rating. What gave her the edge over Carpenter and Poulin, for me, was her role in the Gophers’ return to the top; she was named Most Outstanding Player at the Frozen Four and made the biggest plays for Minnesota all through that weekend.
Shelby Amsley-Benzie, Junior, North Dakota
Honorable Mention: Katie Burt, Boston College; Ann-Renée Desbiens, Wisconsin; Amanda Leveille, Minnesota; Emerance Maschmeyer, Harvard; Brittni Mowat, Bemidji State
There were several outstanding goaltending performances this season, with six goalies posting save percentages of .940 or better and a total of 13 with save percentages upwards of .930. But Amsley-Benzie was the best year with a save percentage of .952 and a goals-against average of 1.21. She also posted nine shutouts, setting new school single-season and career records in that category. She finished with an 18-7-3 record and was UND’s most valuable player this year, helping the team climb back into the national tournament picture with a great second-half push.
Emily Pfalzer, Senior, Boston College
Honorable Mention: Ivana Bilic, Bemidji State; Shannon Doyle, Boston University; Sarah Edney, Harvard; Halli Krzyzaniak, North Dakota; Rachel Ramsey, Minnesota; Lee Stecklein, Minnesota
Pfalzer was dynamite all season long for the Eagles, taking a big step up this year to truly become a catalyst for the team on the back-end. She posted eight goals, 34 assists, and 42 points to lead all defensemen nationally in scoring. She also led the country with a +62 rating, and chipped in 27 blocked shots and 12 points on the power play.
Best Two-Way Forward
Marie-Philip Poulin, Senior, Boston University
Honorable Mention: Stephanie Anderson, Bemidji State; Josefine Jakobsen, North Dakota; Shannon MacAulay, Clarkson; Rebecca Vint, Robert Morris
What is remarkable about Poulin is how her excellent offensive play has always been matched by her play without the puck. She was the country’s fifth leading scorer this season with 54 points (27 goals, 27 assists), and won 61.9% of her draws in the face-off circle. Aside from being one of the most talented players in the world, Poulin is also one of the most responsible defensively and is generally exceptional in all situations.
Rookie of the Year
Annie Pankowski, Forward, Wisconsin
Honorable Mention: Katie Burt, G, Boston College; Taylar Cianfarano, F, Quinnipiac; Kenzie Kent, F, Boston College; Kelly Pannek, F, Minnesota; Shea Tiley, G, Clarkson
Pankowski led Wisconsin in scoring with 21 goals, 22 assists, and 43 points, and helped the Badgers capture the WCHA Championship and return to the Frozen Four for the second year in a row. She was just a point off the country-wide rookie scoring lead, but led all freshmen in goals, points per game (1.10), and shots on goal (181).
Breakout Player of the Year
Dani Cameranesi, Sophomore, Forward, Minnesota
Honorable Mention: Laura Bowman, F, Penn State; Sydney Daniels, F, Harvard; Kelsey Koelzer, D, Princeton; Cayley Mercer, F, Clarkson
After a very good rookie season last year that saw her score 19 goals and 36 points, Cameranesi nearly doubled that output. As a sophomore for the Gophers, she became a central part of the offensive game plan, posting 23 goals, 42 assists, and 65 points to jump up to fourth nationally in scoring.
First Team All-America
Hannah Brandt, Junior, F, Minnesota
Alex Carpenter, Junior, F, Boston College
Marie-Philip Poulin, Senior, F, Boston University
Emily Pfalzer, Senior, D, Boston College
Rachel Ramsey, Senior, D, Minnesota
Shelby Amsley-Benzie, Junior, G, North Dakota
Second Team All-America
Dani Cameranesi, Sophomore, F, Minnesota
Brianne Jenner, Senior, F, Cornell
Haley Skarupa, Junior, F, Boston College
Sarah Edney, Senior, D, Harvard
Lee Stecklein, Sophomore, D, Minnesota
Brittni Mowat, Sophomore, G, Bemidji State
Honorable Mention: Kendall Coyne, F, Northeastern; Jillian Saulnier, F, Cornell; Halli Krzyzaniak, D, North Dakota; Emerance Maschmeyer, G, Harvard
Kenzie Kent, F, Boston College
Annie Pankowski, F, Wisconsin
Kelly Pannek, F, Minnesota
Savannah Harmon, D, Clarkson
Megan Keller, D, Boston College
Shea Tiley, G, Clarkson
Honorable Mention: Victoria Bach, F, Boston University; Taylar Cianfarano, F, Quinnipiac; Stephanie Grossi, F, Syracuse; Alexis Joyce, D, Bemidji State; Katie Burt, G, Boston College
2 thoughts on “Season in Review: 2014-15 End-of-Season Awards”
Lots of big names, however stats don’t necessarily mean top player. Is this an op ed? Or who selected these individuals, And what was the matrix?
All great players, but I have to say it reads like a regurgitation of the same old.
Definitely an opinion piece, not meant to be an authoritative list of awards in any way. These are just my own picks based on my own opinions of players and the impact they’ve had.
As for the “regurgitation of the same old”, I think that’s bound to happen to a certain extent whenever you’re talking about the best in the country. The same players are going to keep coming up because they’re dominant, they produce, they’re valuable to their teams, and a lot of people recognize those things. That being said, you bring up a good point and your critique is fair; the piece is a bit stats-heavy because it’s the most standard metric for everyone, but I will definitely keep that in mind. All I can say is that I don’t write things about players just to fall in line with the mainstream, but I also won’t make an assertion just for the sake of going off the board.
Thanks for the comment, and I’m curious to know what some of your picks for these categories might have been!