Monday, March 23, 2009

All-American / All-FF Badgers

This past week, two Badgers were named 1st-team All-Americans, and five Badgers made the FF All-Tourney Team.

Senior goaltender Jessie Vetter and sophomore forward Hilary Knight were named 1st-Team All-Americans.

uwbadgers: Vetter, Knight earn All-American honors
wcha: Three WCHA players named all-Americans
Storlie (WSJ/TCT): Vetter, Knight named All-American

Jessie Vetter
Playing an NCAA-leading 2341:52, Vetter led the nation this year with a .942 SV%, and her 1.26 GAA put her 2nd in the nation. This season she set the NCAA record for shutouts in a single season (14), and she also set the record for career shutouts (39) and career victories (91).

In the Badger record books, she's also 2nd in career games played by a goaltender (115), 1st in single-season GAA (0.78 in 2005-06, 13 GP), 2nd in career saves (2175), and 1st in single-season saves (801, 2008-09, 40 GP). I don't know what her career SV% is, but given her percentages each year (.962, .953, .824, .942), I gotta believe that she now holds the record for career SV% as well.

And, of course, she won the Patty Kazmaier Award this year. You can read about that on uwbadgers (here and here), the WSJ, TCT, and usahockey. You can check out some pictures from the award ceremony and watch the Big Ten Network video feature.

Hilary Knight
Knight led the nation this season in points (83), goals (45) and PP goals (16). She also led the Badgers this season in points per game (2.13) and PP points (35), and she had a +/- of +48. Her 45 goals and 83 points this season are new Badger single-season records.

Oh, and just in case you didn't know, Hilary Knight's the Bomb.

Rounding out the All-American teams
Other 1st-Team All-Americans were Kacey Bellamy (D, Sr, New Hampshire), Jocelyn Laroque (D, Jr, UMD), Meghan Agosta (F, Jr, Mercyhurst), and Sarah Vaillancourt (F, Sr, Harvard).

The 2nd-Team All-Americans were Molly Schaus (G, Jr, BC), Melanie Gagnon (D, Sr, Minnesota), Sasha Sherry (D, So, Princeton), Rebecca Johnston (F, So, Cornell), Monique Lamoreux (F, Fr, Minnesota), Kelli Stack (F, Jr, BC).

Being who I am, I would've liked to see Badger forwards Erika Lawler and Meghan Duggan on the 2nd-Team, but it's a tough group of forwards -- all of the 1st- and 2nd-team forwards were top-1o Patty Kaz finalists. (Yes, so was Lawler, but there's only 6 spots here.)

The following Badgers made the FF All-Tourney team:
G Jessie Vetter
F Hilary Knight
F Erika Lawler
D Alycia Matthews
D Malee Windmaier

Vetter was also named Most Outstanding Player of the tourney. She's won this award twice now, and she's the only player to win a national title, the Patty Kaz, and the FF MOP all in the same year.

Mercyhurst's Meghan Agosta was the other player to make the All-tourney team.