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Posted: March 20th, 2010

Check out video from the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award ceremony in Minneapolis, where Mercyhurst College junior Vicki Bendus became the school’s first recipient as the nation’s best NCAA Division I women’s hockey player.

Posted: March 19th, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS – USA Hockey will present the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award to the top women’s player in NCAA Division on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET at the University of Minnesota‘s McNamara Alumni Center.

Watch the ceremony live at Until then, here are the three finalists (stats including Friday’s Frozen Four semifinals):

Vicki Bendus (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

Vicki Bendus

College: Mercyhurst

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

Hometown: Wasaga Beach, Ontario

2009-10 stats: 28 goals, 37 assists, 65 points (35 games)

2009-10 accolades: First team all-American … NCAA Elite 88 Award recipient (student-athlete with highest grade-point average at the Frozen Four) … College Hockey America player of the year and first-team honoree …  Tied teammate Jesse Scanzano for the national lead in points and teammate Bailey Bram for the lead in short-handed goals (5) … top five nationally in goals per game (0.85) and assists per game (1.03)  … tied for eighth in power-play goals (8) and tied for sixth in game-winning goals (5).

Kelly Paton (Contributed/University of New Hampshire)

Kelly Paton

College: New Hampshire

Year: Senior

Position: Forward

Hometown: Woodstock, Ontario

2009-10 stats: 19 goals, 32 assists, 51 points (33 games)

2009-10 accolades: First team all-American … Hockey East co-player of the year and first-team honoree … led the team in goals, points, plus-minus (+16) and tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (4) … Was second in assists and tied for second in power-play goals (6) … ranked top three in the conference in goals, assists, pointsand power-play points.

Noora Raty (Contributed/University of Minnesota)

Noora Raty

College: Minnesota

Year: Freshman

Position: Goaltender

Hometown: Espoo, Finland

2009-10 stats: 18-3-4 record, 1.27 goals-against average, .951 save percentage, 7 shutouts

2009-10 accolades: Captured a bronze medal with her native Finland in the Vancouver Olympics in February … Second freshman ever to make the top-three list, joining Mercyhurst’s Meghan Agosta (2007) … all-WCHA first team and all-rookie team … conference’s goaltending champion

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 19th, 2010

Vicki Bendus (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

MINNEAPOLIS – Mercyhurst College junior forward Vicki Bendus was honored as the NCAA Elite 88 Award winner on Thursday night at the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four Champions Banquet at TCF Bank Stadium.

The award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average at the Frozen Four tournament. She has built a 3.937 GPA and is majoring in biology/pre-medicine while tying teammate Jesse Scazano for the NCAA Division I lead with 65 points. Bendus also ranks among the top five in several other categories.

Bendus was named College Hockey America player of the year and an all-CHA first team selection as well as a top-three finalist for the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented to the nation’s top women’s player.

Posted: March 19th, 2010

Vicki Bendus (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

MINNEAPOLIS - Mercyhurst College junior forwards Vicki Bendus and Jesse Scanzano were named RBK All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Bendus earned first-team honors while Scanzano secured a spot on the second team.

They were two of 12 players honored – eight of which are playing in this weekend’s Frozen Four at the University of Minnesota‘s Ridder Arena – during NCAA Women’s Frozen Four Champions Banquet Thursday night at TCF Bank Stadium.

Senior forward Emmanuelle Blais and junior defenseman Jocelyne Larocque were Minnesota Duluth‘s recipients. Cornell Fr. D Laura Fortino, the program’s first-ever, first-team selection, headlined a group that included Fr. D Lauriane Rougeau and So. F Catherine White. Fr. G Noora Raty and So. D Anne Schleper were Minnnesota’s honorees.

2010 Women’s Division I All-America teams

Goaltender: Noora Raty, Fr. – Minnesota

Defense: Laura Fortino, Fr. – Cornell

Defense: Anne Schleper, So. – Minnesota

Forward: Vicki Bendus, Jr. – Mercyhurst

Forward: Emmanuelle Blais, Sr. – Minnesota Duluth

Forward: Kelly Paton, Sr. – New Hampshire

Second Team

Goaltender: Florence Schelling, So. – Northeastern

Defense: Courtney Richard, Jr. – New Hampshire

Defense: Lauriane Rougeau, Fr. – Cornell

Forward: Felicia Nelson, Sr. – St. Cloud State

Forward: Jesse Scazano, Jr. – Mercyhurst

Forward: Catherine White, So. – Cornell

Posted: March 18th, 2010

Jesse Scanzano (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey players have heard all the negative talk before.

The Lakers aren’t an elite program like Minnesota, Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin. The Lakers play in a weak conference, College Hockey America.

The talk likely won’t change heading into this weekend’s NCAA Women’s Division I Frozen Four at the University of Minnesota’s Ridder Arena. Minnesota and UMD also are in the field.

“I think we always feel like we have something to prove when we go in those big tournaments,” junior forward Jesse Scanzano said. “I think we want to go in there with a chip on our shoulder and just try and show everyone what we can do and why we are No. 1.”

So the Lakers are fine with playing the underdog role.

“We definitely don’t get that much respect,” Scanzano said. “So we’re going in there probably as underdogs and trying to prove ourselves. We have nothing to lose. (Minnesota and UMD are) expected to win. They have a little bit more pressure.”

But at this point, any team – including Cornell, a first-time Frozen Four participant – can win the national championship. The Lakers certainly aren’t overlooking the Big Red, their opponent in Friday’s 6 p.m. semifinal, junior forward Vicki Bendus said. “When you’re this close, you can’t take anything for granted,” she said. “You have to play every single shift like it’s your last. We don’t want to overlook anyone or take any steps backward.”

As junior defenseman Cassea Schols said, “It’s pretty much anyone’s game. Who’s going to play their systems better, who’s going to work harder and who really wants to win the game more (will determine the champion).”

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 9th, 2010

Vicki Bendus (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Junior forward Vicki Bendus (Wasaga Beach, Ont./Mercyhurst College), senior forward Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ont./Univ. of New Hampshire) and freshman goaltender Noora Räty (Espoo, Finland/Univ. of Minnesota) are the three finalists for the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, it was announced today by The USA Hockey Foundation. In its 13th year, the award is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.

2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award

Vicki Bendus • Mercyhurst College
Junior • Forward • 34GP, 27-35–62

Kelly Paton • Univ. of New Hampshire
Senior • Forward • 32GP, 19-32–51

Noora Räty • Univ. of Minnesota
Freshman • Goaltender • 17-3-4, 1.24, .951

The trio represents three NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey conferences – College Hockey America (Bendus), the Hockey East Association (Paton) and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (Räty).

The 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be presented at an award ceremony at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center on March 20 in Minneapolis. The event is held is conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four.

Tickets to the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award ceremony may be purchased by calling 719-538-1184, or by e-mailing or faxing a completed ticket form, which can be found at Individual seats are $75, while tables of 10 are available for $700.

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Posted: March 4th, 2010

Vicki Bendus (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

DETROIT, Mich. – Junior Vicki Bendus of the top-ranked Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team was named College Hockey America Player of the Year Thursday evening at the 2010 CHA Tournament Banquet, held at Ford Field in Detroit.

Bendus, who was also named a First Team All-CHA honoree, highlighted a list of six Lakers that earned postseason honors. Juniors Jesse Scanzano, Melissa Lacroix and Cassea Schols and sophomore Bailey Bram joined Bendus as first team all-CHA selections while freshman Samantha Watt landed a spot on the all-CHA rookie team.

Additionally, Bram was honored as Mercyhurst’s and the conference’s three-star award winner.

Bendus led the conference in scoring with 11 goals and 15 assists through 16 games. She registered two game-winning goals and a short-handed score to go along with two power-play markers and a plus-23 rating. For the season, she finished the team’s 32-game slate with a NCAA Division I-leading 60 points (26 goals, 34 assists).

Scanzano placed second behind Bendus with nine goals and a conference-best 16 assists for 25 points. She also led the CHA with three short-handed goals, which included the man-down marker that broke the NCAA record against Wayne State Feb. 20. With non-conference statistics, the Montreal, Quebec, native posted 19 goals and 37 assists for 56 points.

Bram, who tied Syracuse’s Isabel Menard for the third forward spot, ranked third in conference scoring with eight goals and 14 assists through 13 games played. She recorded a conference-high four game-winning goals, and recorded three power-play markers. Overall, she finished the regular season with 25 goals and 24 assists for 49 points.

Lacroix ranked seventh in overall scoring and first among blueliners with four goals and 10 assists. She averaged 0.88 goals per game through 16 contests and posted a +16 rating. For the season, she supplied Mercyhurst with five goals and 24 points.

Schols tallied two goals and eight assists for 10 points through 16 games. Along with her offensive statistics, the Edmonton, Alberta, product registered the highest plus-minus rating among defensemen and the second-best among all skaters at +21. In 32 games, Schols produced four goals and 20 assists for 24 points.

Watt highlighted the Lakers on the all-rookie team after scoring a goal and an assist through 14 games. Against CHA competition, she registered a +14 rating and helped hold opponents to just over a goal a game (1.22). Overall, she scored two goals and tallied 10 assists for 12 points.

Mercyhurst opens play at the CHA Tournament with a 4 p.m. contest against Robert Morris on Friday at City Sports Center Arena.
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Posted: March 2nd, 2010

Vicki Bendus (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. – Mercyhurst College women’s hockey forwards Vicki BendusJesse Scanzano and Bailey Bram have been named top-10 finalists for the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, USA Hockey officials announced on Tuesday.

An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recognizes the accomplishments of the most outstanding player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey each season.

Bendus, Scanzano and Bram join Emmanuelle Blais (Minnesota Duluth), Felicia Nelson (St. Cloud State), Sarah Parsons (Dartmouth), Kelly Paton (New Hampshire), Noora Raty (Minnesota), Florence Schelling (Northeastern) and Britni Smith (St. Lawrence) as this year’s finalists.

Bendus, a junior forward from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, leads the Lakers as well as NCAA Division I in points with 60 in 32 games. She also ranks first in short-handed goals (5) and places second in points per game (1.88), third in assists per game (1.06) and fifth in goals per game (0.81).

“Vicki is a wonderful person and a tremendous leader who plays with great emotion each and every game,” said Lakers coach Michael Sisti. “Off the ice, she is a great student and even better person. On the ice, she plays in every situation and leads by example, and is having the best season of her career.”

Jesse Scanzano (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

One of the team’s four captains, Bendus is pursuing a degree in biology and pre-medicine.

Scanzano, a junior forward from Montreal, Quebec, has scored 19 goals and added 37 assists through 29 games. She leads the country in points per game (1.93) and assists per game (1.28) and is tied for second in short-handed goals with four.

“Jesse has improved throughout her career at Mercyhurst,” Sisti said. “She is probably one of the best players in the country. She moves so well for her size and is a player all opposing teams watch for on the ice. She works extremely hard and plays with great passion. I am always impressed with the tenacity that she plays with.”

Elected the team’s fourth captain last week, Scanzano is pursuing a

Bailey Bram (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

degree in business marketing.

Bram, a sophomore forward from Ste. Anne, Manitoba, posted 25 goals and 24 assists for 49 points during the regular season. She currently ranks second in power-play goals (12) and game-winning goals (8), and third in goals per game (0.83).

“Bailey is following up a really good freshman season with a spectacular sophomore year,” Sisti said. “She is one of the faster players in the country with an unbelievable ability to score. She has steadily improved with each game and is a very crafty player that is fun to watch.”

Bram is pursuing a degree in business.

The top-10 class of candidates for the 13th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award represent all four women’s college conferences: College Hockey America, ECAC Hockey, the Hockey East Association and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

The three finalists, including the recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, will be chosen by a 13-member selection committee comprised of Division I women’s ice hockey coaches, representatives of the print and broadcast media and a representative of USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States.

The three finalists for this year’s award will be announced March 9.

- From Mercyhurst College news release

Posted: February 18th, 2010

Vicki Bendus (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

What: Wayne State (8-14-4, 4-7-1 CHA) at No. 1 Mercyhurst College (23-2-3, 10-1-1)

When: Friday, 4 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.

Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center

On the air: (live stream), WMCE-FM/88.5 and 104.9 (Internet radio)*

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – G Hillary Pattenden (23-2-3 record, 1.73 goals-against average, .917 save percentage, 4 shutouts), F Vicki Bendus (22 goals, 30 assists, 52 points), F Jesse Scanzano (17-33-50), F Bailey Bram (24-19-43), F Jess Jones (15-23-38)

Wayne State – F Alyssa Baldin (7-9-16), F Katrina Protopapas (11-3-14), G Delayne Brian (5-7-3, 2.06, .925, 3 SO), F Julie Ingratta (5-8-13), F Gina Buquet (5-7-12),

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – Bendus, Bram and Scanzano – the top three scorers in NCAA Division I – headline the nation’s top scoring offense (4.75 goals per game). … All three were among the 45 hopefuls for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented to the nation’s top player. … Bram leads the nation in goals (0.96 per game). Scanzano leads in assists (1.32 per game). … Bendus and Bram are first and second in short-handed goals with five and four, respectively. … Pattenden leads a defense that allows 1.79 goals per game (ranked ninth in the nation) and has the fifth-best penalty kill (90 percent). … She has recorded four of her five career shutouts this season. … Her 47 career wins rank fourth on the school’s all-time list. … The power play ranks second overall at 25.7 percent. … The Lakers also have the nation’s best scoring margin (2.96 goals per game). … They haven’t played since a two-game sweep at Robert Morris two weeks ago. … They swept the Warriors 3-1 and 7-2 in Detroit in November. … They have won 40-of-45 career meetings with Wayne State (40-2-3). They have an eight-game winning streak (including the past two CHA Tournament championship games) since losing consecutive games late in the 2007-08 season.

Wayne State – Coach Jim Fetter, a Mercyhurst assistant under coach Michael Sisti from 2000-03, has a 108-98-22 record in seven seasons at the Detroit school. But he has a 2-26-2 career mark against the Lakers. … The Warriors snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-2 tie against Niagara Feb. 12. … But they are winless in the past six games (0-5-1). … They have scored two goals or fewer in 18-of-26 games, including in all six games of the winless skid. … They are fourth in the five-team conference.

Up next: vs. Syracuse (Feb. 26, 7 p.m.; Feb. 27, 2 p.m.)

* B2 Network – both games, WMCE – Saturday game only

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: February 17th, 2010

Vicki Bendus (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

Mercyhurst forwards Vicki Bendus, Bailey Bram and Jesse Scanzano are among the 45 players nominated for the 13th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s hockey.

Bendus has 22 goals and 52 points in 28 games. Fellow junior Scanzano has 17 goals and 50 points in 25 games. Bram, a sophomore, has 24 goals and 43 points in 25 games. Scanzano leads the nation in points per game (2.00), followed by Bendus (1.86) and Bram (1.72).

Jesse Scanzano (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

USA Hockey announced the list today. Division I women’s coaches will select the 10 finalists, which will be announced March 2. Then on March 9, a 13-member selection committee will unveil the final three, headlined by the winner.

The recipient will receive the award on March 20 during a brunch ceremony at 11 a.m. at the University ofMinnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center. The Minneapolis school hosts the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four at Ridder Arena that weekend.

Check out the complete Kazmaier list, award news and notes and ticket information for the award ceremony below.

2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Nominees

Name Pos Yr School Hometown
Cristin Allen^ D Sr. Univ. of Connecticut Pickering, Ont.
Melissa Anderson^ F Sr. Boston Univ. Langley, B.C.
Jenni Bauer G Jr. Niagara Univ. St. Catherines, Ont.
Vicki Bendus F Jr. Mercyhurst College Wasaga Beach, Ont.
Courtney Birchard D Jr. Univ. of New Hampshire Mississauga, Ont.
Emmanuelle Blais F Sr. Univ. of Minnesota Duluth Lasalle, Que.
Bailey Bram F So. Mercyhurst College Ste. Anne, Man.

Bailey Bram (Contributed/Mercyhurst College)

Kate Buesser F Jr. Harvard Univ. Wolfeboro, N.H.
Leanna Coskren D Jr. Harvard Univ. Walpole, Mass.
Lauren Dahm^ G Jr. Clarkson Univ. Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Brianna Delaney F So. Robert Morris Univ. Stittsville, Ont.
Kate Dunlop F Sr. Sacred Heart Univ. Flesherton, Ont.
Lauren Fontaine F Jr. Sacred Heart Univ. Windsor, Ont.
Laura Fortino D Fr. Cornell Univ. Hamilton, Ont.
Laura Fridfinnson F Jr. Univ. of Minnesota Duluth Arborg, Man.
Laura Gersten D Sr. Rensselaer Queensbury, N.Y.
Caitlin Hogan F Sr. St. Cloud State Univ. Oakdale, Minn.
Christina Kessler G Sr. Harvard Univ. Oakville, Ont.
Bray Ketchum F Jr. Yale Univ. Greenwich, Conn.
Genevieve Lacasse G So. Providence College Scarborough, Ont.
Hokey Langan F Fr. The Ohio State Univ. Chatham, Ont.
Micaela Long F Sr. Univ. of New Hampshire South Boston, Mass.
Felicia Nelson F Sr. St. Cloud State Univ. St. Paul, Minn.
Sara O’Malley F Jr. Robert Morris Univ. Guelph, Ont.
Sarah Parsons F Sr. Dartmouth College Dover, Mass.
Kelly Paton F Sr. Univ. of New Hampshire Woodstock, Ont.
Noora Räty G Fr. Univ. of Minnesota Espoo, Finland
Lauriane Rougeau D Fr. Cornell Univ. Beaconsfield, Que.
Liza Ryabkina F Jr. Harvard Univ. Kharkiv, Ukraine
Jesse Scanzano F Jr. Mercyhurst College Montreal, Que.
Florence Schelling G So. Northeastern Univ. Oberengstringen, Switzerland
Anne Schleper D So. Univ. of Minnesota St. Cloud, Minn.
Lucy Schoedel^ G Sr. Syracuse Univ. Ithaca, N.Y.
Britney Selina F Sr. Clarkson Univ. Thornhill, Ont.
Britni Smith D Sr. St. Lawrence Univ. Port Perry, Ont.
Jaclyn Snikeris G Jr. Yale Univ. Downingtown, Pa.
Natalie Spooner F So. The Ohio State Univ. Scarborough, Ont.
Katie Stewart F Sr. Colgate Univ. Exeter, Ont.
Dominique Thibault^ F Sr. Clarkson Univ. L’Orignal, Ont.
Allie Thunstrom F Sr. Boston College Maplewood, Minn.
Zuzana Tomcikova G So. Bemidji State Univ. Bratislava, Slovakia
Amanda Trunzo^ F Jr. Dartmouth College Andover, Minn.
Sonja van der Bliek G Jr. Rensselaer Toronto, Ont.
Emily West F Jr. Univ. of Minnesota Colorado Springs, Colo.
Catherine White F So. Cornell Univ. Brampton, Ont.

^2009 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award nominee

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