March 20, 2014
HAMDEN, Conn. – The American Hockey Coaches Association honored three Golden Gopher women’s hockey players with 2014 CCM Division I Women’s Hockey All-American accolades, and head coach Brad Frost was named the STX/AHCA Division I Women’s Coach of the Year at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four banquet Thursday evening.
Sophomore Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and junior Rachel Ramsey (Chanhassen, Minn.) were named First Team All-Americans, and sophomore Milica McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) was honored as a Second Team All-American. Including the three 2014 honorees, Minnesota has now had 30 Gopher women’s hockey players earn All-American status.
Ramsey ranks second in the nation in scoring among blue-liners with 1.10 points per game in 39 games. Her 43 points (12 goals, 31 assists) is a career-best and good for fifth on the team. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Defensive Player of the Year, Ramsey led the WCHA in scoring with 30 points in league games. She was also honored as a WCHA First Team honoree, a WCHA Scholar-Athlete and a WCHA All-Academic Team member this season.
Along with her First Team All-American honors, Brandt was named the 2014 WCHA Player of the Year and a top-three Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award finalist. The sophomore forward enters the Frozen Four as the nation’s leader with 63 points, 41 assists and 1.05 assists per game. Brandt followed up a stellar freshman campaign with 22 goals and 41 assists and finished the regular season as the WCHA Scoring Champion with 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) in league games. She joined Ramsey as a WCHA First Team honoree, a WCHA Scholar-Athlete and a WCHA All-Academic Team member this season.
McMillen, a 2014 All-WCHA First Team honoree, enters the Frozen Four ranked third in the nation in scoring among defensemen with 1.03 points per game in 37 games. Her 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) ranks sixth on the team and is a career-high for the sophomore. McMillen recorded 11 points (three goals, eight assists) during a seven-game point streak this season (Nov. 23-Jan. 10) and was twice named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.
Frost picked up his second-straight national Coach of the Year award this season after leading the Gophers to a 37-1-1 overall record entering the Frozen Four. Frost was honored as the 2014 WCHA Coach of the Year as well. Prior to Frost taking the helm of the program, former Minnesota head coach Laura Halldorson was named the AHCA Coach of the Year in 1998, 2002 and 2004.
The 2014 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four begins with two semifinal games Friday. Minnesota faces Wisconsin at 4 p.m. CT, and Clarkson and Mercyhurst face off in the second semifinal at 7 p.m. CT. The semifinal winners meet in Sunday’s national championship game at 2 p.m. CT. All three games will be played at Quinnipiac’s High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center and streamed live online at NCAA.com.
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