Quartet of Gophers Lead All-USCHO Teams

Go Gophers!
Amanda Kessel

Go Gophers!
Amanda Kessel
Go Gophers!

March 29, 2013

USCHO Releases: All-USCHO TeamsPlayer of the Year | Rookie of the Year | Coach of the Year

Four University of Minnesota women’s hockey players were announced to All-USCHO teams for the 2012-13 season on Friday morning. Senior defenseman Megan Bozek, junior forward Amanda Kessel and senior goaltender Noora Raty were tagged with first team honors, while freshman forward Hannah Brandt was listed a second team honoree.

Bozek, who was a Patty Kazmaier Top-3 Finalist, was second in the nation among defensemen in scoring with 57 points (20g-37a). The senior capped off a historic career by claiming nearly all of Minnesota’s career and single season records for defensemen, including points, goals and assists. Bozek also became the program record holder for most games played in a career with 157. She was tagged WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and named a First Team All-American.

Kessel, who won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, led the nation in scoring with 101 points (46g-55a) to become only the fourth player in NCAA history to reach the century mark in a season. The junior forward played in 37 games and averaged 2.66 points per game. The Madison, Wis. native battled nagging injuries all season but finished with 28 multi-point games. She was also tagged WCHA Player of the Year and named a First Team All-American.

Räty, who was a Patty Kazmaier Top-3 Finalist, posted a perfect 38-0-0 record and broke a number of season and career NCAA records. The Finnish native completed her career with an NCAA record 114 wins. The senior goaltender broke the single and career shutouts records by tallying 17 this season and 43 in her four-year career. She had a goals against average of 0.96 and a save percentage of .956, which is a new NCAA record. Räty was also tagged the WCHA Goaltending Champion and named a First Team All-American.

Brandt, who was a Patty Kazmaier Top-10 Finalist, was second in the nation in scoring to only Kessel with 82 points (33g-49a). The Hill-Murray High School graduate broke the Minnesota record for points by a freshman and was just shy of breaking Julie Chu’s national record (93 points). She also fell short on breaking Chu’s record for assists by a freshman (51). The freshman was named WCHA Rookie of the Year and received All-WCHA First Team honors.

Brandt was also named to the USCHO All-Rookie Team.


First Team
G – Noora Raty, Minnesota
D – Megan Bozek, Minnesota
D – Monique Lamoureux, North Dakota
F – Brianna Decker, Wisconsin
F – Amanda Kessel, Minnesota
F – Jocelyne Lamoureux, North Dakota

Second Team
G – Erica Howe, Clarkson
D – Blake Bolden, Boston College
D – Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell
F – Alex Carpenter, Boston College
F – Hannah Brandt, Minnesota
F – Brianne Jenner, Cornell

Third Team
G – Alex Rigsby, Wisconsin
D – Brigette Lacquette, Minnesota-Duluth
D – Amanda Boulier, St. Lawrence
F – Marie-Philip Poulin, Boston University
F – Kendall Coyne, Northeastern
F – Christine Bestland, Mercyhurst

Rookie Team
G – Nicole Hensley, Lindenwood
D – Erin Ambrose, Clarkson
D – Alexis Crossley, New Hampshire
F – Hanna Brandt, Minnesota
F – Haley Skarupa, Boston College
F – Sarah Lefort, Boston University