March 1, 2012
Full list of WCHA award winners from WCHA.com
The WCHA Awards Banquet was held this evening, with five Gopher players earning All-WCHA awards. In addition, 14 team members earned Academic All-WCHA honors.
On the All-WCHA first team are defensemen Anne Schleper, a senior, and junior Megan Bozek. Schleper is a four-time All-WCHA award winner, earning second-team honors as a freshman before getting first-team honors in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Bozek was a second-team honoree as a freshman in 2010 and a third-team honoree as a sophomore in 2011. Both players are among the top five in scoring by defensemen in the WCHA this season, and lead a defensive corps that allows the fewest goals per game in the nation.
Forwards Jen Schoullis and Amanda Kessel were named to the All-WCHA second team. Schoullis, a senior, is the second-leading scorer for the Gophers and seventh in the WCHA. Kessel, the 2011 WCHA Rookie of the Year, is Minnesota’s leading scorer this season, and ranks fourth in the WCHA in scoring. Kessel was a third-team honoree last season as a freshman.
Goalie Noora Raty is an All-WCHA third team member, marking the third season she has earned All-WCHA acclaim. Raty was a first-team honoree in 2010 and 2011. Raty ranks second in the WCHA in goals against average, and has set school records for career shutouts and wins in a season in this, her junior campaign.
Freshman Rachel Ramsey was named to the conference’s All-Rookie team. Ramsey ranks eighth in the WCHA in scoring by defensemen, and ranks first among the league’s rookie defensemen. The Gophers are undefeated this season when Ramsey scores a point.
Fourteen Minnesota players earned Academic All-WCHA honors: Bethany Brausen, Sarah Davis, Sam Downey, Sarah Erickson, Katie Frischmann, Baylee Gillanders, Alyssa Grogan, Mira Jalosuo, Amanda Kessel, Becky Kortum, Nikki Ludwigson, Noora Raty, Anne Schleper, and Kelly Terry.