Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Vetter a Finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award

Senior goaltender Jessie Vetter has been named one of three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award which goes to the top player in NCAA Women's Hockey. Eastern bias again weighs heavily on the award as the two other finalists are from Mercyhurst and Havard. The two best teams in the country (Wisconsin and minnesota) each have a bunch of top notch players who should be finalist w/ Jessie. The Lameroux twins or Gigi Marvin for the lady gophers, Erika Lawler or especially Hilary Knight for the Wisconsin. Hilary Knight is the best forward in Women's College Hockey, no debating this IMO.

Regardless, Jessie is certainly deserving to be a finalist and should win. If Hilary is the best forward out there right now, Jessie is the best goaltender in NCAA Women's history. On the season she is 30-2-5 w/ 12 shutouts (NCAA record). For her career Jessie has 88 wins and 37 shutouts, again NCAA records. Her 1.33 GAA and 0.936% save % are both 2nd in the country, and considering the WCHA by far the best Women's conference, those #s are against the steepest competition.

Jessie is also 8-1 all-time in the NCAA tourney as well, not bad eh?

Sara Bauer is the only other Badger to ever win the award back in 2006.

Congrats to Jessie on being named a finalist and congrats on a great career as a Badger!