Friday, December 19, 2008

Mid-Season Awards: MVP (Women)

A few more awards to hand out yet, how about taking a look at the MVP for the Women's team. There are a lot of good choices here, and I'm probably going to be leaving someone out who is just as deserving, because I'm only giving four options. There are a lot of reasons the Badger Women have yet to lose a game this season, and here are some of the main contributors to that success.

Hilary Knight - Plain and simple, Hilary is the bomb! She has dominated the competition all season and half way through already has a hat trick and five goal free for all to her name. She leads the nation in goals, goals per game, PP goals and points. Sounds like NCAA Women's POY material, but we better let Hilary play out the rest of the games to further demonstrate how awesome she is at hockey. Stats: 22-17-39

Jessie Vetter - Arguably, Jessie is the greatest goaltender in Women's NCAA history. This season she broke and continues to set the record for career NCAA shutouts. Sure the defense in front of her does a great job limiting shots reaching the net, but Jessie is always stout facing them when they do. She leads the nation in GAA and save %. Good chance we'll see Jessie between the pipes for Team USA during the 2010 Olympics. Stats: 0.83 GAA, 0.957 Save %

Erika Lawler - The team captain is poised and ready to lead the Badger Women back to the NCAA championship game for the 4th consecutive season, this time bringing home the program's (and Erika's) 3rd National Championship. She does everything on the ice, and is true joy to watch. Erika is 2nd in the nation in points trailing only linemate Hilary Knight, and leads the nation in assists. Stats: 9-23-32

Brooke Ammerman - Brooke is having an outstanding freshman season for the Badgers. She has fit right in and made a difference from the first series of the year, and keeps getting better. When Mark Johnson rolls out Brooke and the 3rd EV line, no team really has a match for them. She has also been a strong contributor on the PP. Nationally, she is tied for 4th in points, is 2nd in goals behind Hilary Knight, but is tied for first in GW goals and points by a frosh. Stats: 20-10-30