Friday, December 12, 2008

Mid-Season Awards: Top Frosh (Women)

Earlier it was the Men, today let’s talk about the freshman of the Women’s team. I won’t be including Nikka Kaasa in the voting, no offense meant to her, but w/ Jessie Vetter hogging the net (sarcasm intended) Nikka hasn’t seen much ice time yet as a Badger.

I’ve really enjoyed watching the Badger Women this season, and its hard not to like all three freshman Badger skaters. All three came highly regarded before starting their Wisconsin careers. Brooke Ammerman was considered one of the top US recruits, while both Carolyne Prevost and Brittany Haverstock were both top Canadians at their positions.

Brooke Ammerman – I’ve coined her as the “freshman sensation” because she has burst onto the scene and been a huge part of Wisconsin’s offense this season. Brooke anchors the 3rd EV line and 2nd PP unit, where she is racking up the stats game in and game out. She trails only Hilary Knight in goals, and Knight and Erika Lawler in points. The future is bright for this freshman. Stats: 20 games, 20-10-30, 5 PP goals, +19

Brittany Haverstock – The freshman defender from Nova Scotia is having a fine season as well. I’m guessing Brittany has seen the highest tide changes in the world at the Bay of Fundy, located in her home province. Brittany doesn’t have a goal yet, but there hasn’t been much scoring from the blue line by the Badger Women. For a freshman, she is solid on both ends of the ice. Along w/ Mallory Deluce, she will be playing w/ Team Canada’s U22 team in early January. Stats: 20 games, 0-12-12, +21

Carolyne Prevost – Carolyne has had the good fortune of playing on the 2nd EV line w/ Mallory Deluce and Meghan Duggan. She compliments her linemates well and has done her part to contribute at EV and on the PP. During one game, she did the splits to avoid an off-sides call, I was impressed. Could John Mitchell do the same thing? Perhaps her martial arts background (4 time Canadian National Champ in taekwondo) is intimidating the competition; more likely she is just good. Stats: 20 games, 9-8-17, 3 PP goals, +17