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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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