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Posted: March 21st, 2013

NCAA Women’s Frozen Four schedule
at Ridder Arena – Minneapolis, Minn.
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Minnesota (39-0-0) vs. No. 4 Boston College (27-6-3), 6 p.m.
Mercyhurst (29-6-1) vs. No. 3 Boston University (27-5-3), 9 p.m.
Championship game – Sunday
Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.
Note: All three games will be streamed live on WMCE-FM/88.5 will broadcast Mercyhurst’s game tonight and Sunday’s championship game (if the Lakers advance).

Frozen Four teams at a glance
Mercyhurst Lakers (29-6-1)
Michael Sisti, 14th season (363-98-30)
Players to watch: Jr. F Christine Bestland (28 goals, 41 assists, 69 points), Sr. G Stephanie Ciampa (19-1-0 record, 1.37 goals-against average, .937 save percentage, 4 shutouts), Fr. F Jenna Dingeldein (14-27-41), Fr. F Emily Janiga (19-21-40), So. D Molly Byrne (8-24-32)
Frozen Four facts: Has reached the Frozen Four for the third time (2009-10, 2013) during a NCAA-record nine straight appearances in the national playoffs, but has never won a national championship. … Has a 1-2 Frozen Four record, with the lone win coming against Minnesota in the 2009 semifinals. … Lost to Wisconsin in the 2009 title game. … Lost to Cornell in the 2010 semifinals at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, site of this weekend’s Frozen Four. … Has a 4-7 record in the NCAA playoffs. … Has a 4-2 all-time record against Boston University, tonight’s semifinal opponent, including a 4-2 national quarterfinal loss in Boston in their last meeting (March 12, 2011).
Outlook: The Lakers are decided underdogs as the only unseeded team in the field. But is this the year they claim their first national title?

No. 3 Boston University Terriers (27-5-3)
Brian Durocher, 8th season (158-92-37)
Players to watch: Jr. F Marie-Philip Poulin (17 goals, 34 assists, 51 points), Jr. G Kerrin Sperry (23-4-3 record, 2.19 goals-against average, .914 save percentage, 4 shutouts), Sr. F Isabel Menard (15-29-44), Sr. F Jenelle Kohanchuk (23-20-43), Fr. F Sarah Lefort (23-19-42)
Frozen Four facts: Has reached the Frozen Four for the second time and the NCAA playoffs for the fourth straight time in the program’s eight-year history. … Reached the Frozen Four in 2011 at Erie Insurance Arena (beat Cornell 4-1 in the semifinal, but lost 4-1 to Wisconsin in the title game. … Lost to Cornell 8-7 in overtime in the 2012 quarterfinals. … Tied a school record for wins in a season. … Poulin was named to the Canadian Women’s National Team that will play in the IIHF Women’s World Championship next month in Ottawa, Ontario. … Menard transferred from Syracuse, Mercyhurst’s College Hockey America rival, after her sophomore season.
Outlook: The Terriers have another shot at the national title that slipped away in Erie two years ago. Mercyhurst stands in their way.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers (39-0-0)
Brad Frost, 5th season (145-36-16)
Players to watch: Jr. F Amanda Kessel (44 goals, 53 assists, 97 points), Sr. G Noora Raty (36-0-0 record, 0.88 goals-against average, .959 save percentage, 17 shutouts), Fr. F Hannah Brandt (31-49-80), Sr. D Megan Bozek (20-35-55), Fr. F Maryanne Menefee (16-19-35)
Frozen Four facts: Have won three national championships (2004, 2005, 2012) in nine trips to the Frozen Four (2002-06, 2009-10, 2012). … Was led in 2012 by Jen Schoullis, a Girard native who now plays for the Boston Blades (CWHL) and the United States National Team. … Has a 47-game winning streak. … Needed three overtimes to beat WCHA rival North Dakota in the quarterfinals. … Has all three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which honors the national player of the year (Bozek, Kessel and Raty). … Has won 21 games by shutout. .. Has outscored opponents 207-31. … Lost in the semifinals in the Frozen Four’s last trip to Ridder Arena in Minneapolis in 2010.
Outlook: The Golden Gophers are the clear favorite to win the natioal title on their home ice. They also have all the pressure on their shoulders.

No. 4 Boston College Eagles (27-6-3)
Katie King Crowley, 6th season (119-61-34)
Players to watch: So. F Alex Carpenter (32 goals, 37 assists, 69 points), Sr. D Blake Bolden (6-23-29), Fr. F Haley Skarupa (24-27-51), Sr. G Corinne Boyles (22-4-1 record, 1.79 goals-against average, .927 save percentage, 3 shutouts), So. F Emily Field (15-29-44)
Frozen Four facts: Has reached the Frozen Four for the third straight season. … Lost to Wisconsin in the semifinals the past two seasons – 3-2 in 2011 at Erie Insurance Arena and 6-2 a season ago in Duluth, Minn. … Enjoying the best season in program history, headlined by an offense that set a school record with 4.36 goals per game. … Lost to Northeastern in the Hockey East Association semifinals, but rebounded with a 3-1 NCAA quarterfinal win against Harvard last weekend. … Has a 1-4-1 all-time record against Minnesota, their Final Four opponent.
Outlook: The Eagles never have won a Frozen Four game. But a win over the defending champs could vault them to their first national title.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 10th, 2012

No. 8 Mercyhurst (23-7-3) at No. 1 Wisconsin (31-4-2)

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: Kohl Center – Madison, Wis.

On the air:, (live stream), (Internet radio – The Mic 92.1) and, (live statistics)

Fast facts: Mercyhurst plays in the NCAA tournament for the eighth straight season, the longest streak in Division I history. The Lakers broke a tie with Minnesota Duluth, whose seven-year streak ends this season. … The Lakers have a 0-7 all-time record against Wisconsin, including two losses in the NCAA playoffs – 2-1 in double overtime in the 2006 quarterfinals and 5-0 in the 2009 championship game. … The Lakers have a 3-6 record in NCAA playoff games, including a 2-5 mark in the quarterfinals. … Wisconsin and Mercyhurst rank second and third nationally in scoring offense at 4.59 and 4.55 goals per game, respectively. … Mercyhurst leads the nation on the power play (28.3 percent), three spots ahead of the Badgers (23.7). … The teams have combined for seven of the nation’s top 20 scorers – Mercyhurst’s Bailey Bram, pictured at right, (27 goals, 41 assists, 68 points), Christine Bestland (24-34-58) and Kelley Steadman (32-20-52) and Wisconsin’s Brianna Decker (36-42-78), Brooke Ammerman (32-42-74), Carolyne Prévost (25-29-54) and Hilary Knight (28-2-56). … Wisconsin ranks second in scoring defense (1.43 goals per game), more than half a goal better than the Lakers (2.09). … Wisconsin tops the penalty-kill list (89.6 percent), well ahead of Mercyhurst (83.1 percent). … Wisconsin G Alex Rigsby leads the nation in save percentage (.952) and ranks second in winning percentage (.865) and shutouts (9) and third in goals-against average (1.36). … Decker is a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which honors the nation’s top D-I player. … Wisconsin earned the No. 1 seed despite losing to UMD in the semifinals of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. … Badgers coach Mark Johnson played on the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team in 1980 at Lake Placid, N.Y., and coached the U.S Olympic Women’s team in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

- Victor Fernandes


NCAA Women’s Division I Tournament schedule

Quarterfinals – Saturday

No. 5 St. Lawrence (24-9-4) at No. 4 Boston College (23-9-3), 1 p.m.

No. 6 Boston University (23-13-1) at No. 3 Cornell (29-4-0), 2 p.m.

No. 7 North Dakota (22-11-3) at No. 2 Minnesota (31-5-2), 5 p.m.

No. 8 Mercyhurst (23-7-3) at No. 1 Wisconsin (31-4-2), 8 p.m.


March 16 at Amsoil Arena – Duluth, Minn.

Wisconsin-Mercyhurst winner vs. BC-SLU winner, 6 or 9 p.m.

Minnesota-North Dakota winner vs. Cornell-BU winner, 6 or 9 p.m.

Championship game

March 18 at Amsoil Arena – Duluth, Minn.

Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.

Posted: March 8th, 2012

Mercyhurst’s streak of five straight finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award has ended.

Senior forward Bailey Bram wasn’t named one of the three finalists for the prestigious award, which annually honors the top women’s hockey player in NCAA Division I. A 13-member selection committee chose Wisconsin junior forward Brianna Decker, North Dakota junior forward Jocelyne Lamoureux and Northeastern senior goaltender Florence Schelling. The finalists were unveiled Thursday.

Bram joined fellow Laker forwards Christine Bestland and Kelley Steadman as well as Girard native Jen Schoullis, a redshirt senior forward at Minnesota, on the initial list of 30 nominees two weeks. Bram survived the cut to 10 players a week ago. But she fell short of joining former teammates Meghan Agosta (2007-09, 2011) and Vicki Bendus (2010) as Kazmaier finalists. Bendus won the award in 2010.

Decker has 36 goals, 42 assists and 78 points for the top-ranked Badgers, who on Saturday begin their quest for a fifth national championship in the past seven years as the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Lamoureux has 34 goals, 48 assists and 82 points for the Fighting Sioux, which earned the seventh seed in the NCAA tournament field. Like her twin sister, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, she represented the United States in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Schelling finished the season with a 20-6-4 record, 1.42 goals-against average and .950 save percentage.

The award will be presented March 17 at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn., as part of the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four, which will be held March 16 and 18.

Posted: March 1st, 2012

Senior forward Bailey Bram, pictured at left, of the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team has been named a top ten finalist for the 15th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Easton Foundations.

An award for The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually bestowed upon the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.

Held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four, the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award will be awarded at a brunch ceremony on March 17 at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth, Minn.

Senior forward Kelley Steadman and sophomore forward Christine Bestland were among the original finalists, but did not make the cut to the final ten. Neither did Girard native Jen Schoullis, a redshirt senior forward at Minnesota.

It marks the second time that Bram has been a top ten finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, also accomplishing the feat as a sophomore in 2010, the year that Mercyhurst’s Vicki Bendus became the only recipient of the award in program history.

A 13-member selection committee will choose the three finalists (announced March 8), as well as the award recipient, which will be announced live at the brunch ceremony in Duluth on March 17.

2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top Ten Finalists

Bailey Bram, F, Sr., Mercyhurst University, Ste. Anne, Manitoba
Brianna Decker, F, Jr., Univ. of Wisconsin, Dousman, Wis.
Laura Fortino, D, Jr., Cornell Univ., Hamilton, Ontario
Rebecca Johnston, F, Sr., Cornell Univ., Sudbury, Ontario
Amanda Kessel, F, So., Univ. of Minnesota, Madison, Wis.
Hilary Knight, F, Sr., Univ. of Wisconsin, Sun Valley, Idaho
Jocelyne Lamoureux, F, Jr., Univ. of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, F/D, Jr., Univ. of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
Florence Schelling, G, Sr., Northeastern Univ., Oberengstringen, Switzerland
Natalie Spooner, F, Sr., Ohio State Univ., Scarborough, Ontario

- From Mercyhurst news release, staff report



Posted: February 20th, 2012

Four players with local ties – Mercyhurst forwards Bailey Bram, Christine Bestland and Kelley Steadman as well as Girard native and Minnesota redshirt senior forward Jen Schoullis – are among the 30 nominees for the 15th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which honors the top women’s player in NCAA Division I.

All four players rank among the top 15 scorers in the nation. Bram has 26 goals, 40 assists and 66 points. Bestland and Schoullis each have 22 goals, 33 assists and 55 points. Steadman ranks second nationally with 32 goals to go along with 18 assists and 50 points.

A group of 34 D-I women’s coaches will trim the list to 10 players, which will be announced March 1. Then a 13-member selection committee will choose the three finalists, which will be unveiled March 8.

The recipient will be announced March 17 during the Kazamier award ceremony in Duluth, Minn., site of the Frozen Four.


Posted: November 1st, 2011

Vicki Bendus and Jesse Scanzano return to Mercyhurst Ice Center tonight. But unlike the past four years, when they starred for the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team, they will play against the Lakers.

Bendus and Scanzano will headline the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Brampton Thunder in a 7 p.m. exhibition game against the No. 8 Lakers. Bendus, the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner as national college player of the year, was drafted fourth overall in the last CWHL draft.

Scanzano, the fifth overall selection by Toronto, will play for Brampton for this game. Bendus and Scanzano completed their college careers a season ago as two of the players in program history.

The Thunder also has former Mercyhurst players Natalie Payne (2005-08) and Ashley Pendleton (2003-07) and past United States Olympian Molly Engstrom on the roster.

Posted: August 5th, 2011

Former University of New Hampshire All-American and Patty Kazmaier finalist, Kelly Paton, has been hired as the volunteer assistant coach for the upcoming 2011-12 Mercyhurst College women’s hockey campaign, as announced today by Mercyhurst Director of Athletics Joe Kimball.

Paton will handle a number of duties both on and off the ice for the Laker coaching staff.

“We are excited to add Kelly to our staff.  Kelly has great enthusiasm to join our program and will be able to work well with our players,” said head coach Michael Sisti. “She had a tremendous playing career and a great knowledge of the game.  We are looking forward to the upcoming season and providing our players with the building blocks needed to achieve success in all areas of their lives.”

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Posted: March 19th, 2011

Kristen Cameron (Contribuuted/Mercyhurst College)

Kristen Cameron wanted to watch Mercyhurst College play for a national championship.

But at least she has spent time with her fellow Lakers this weekend.

“It’s always the best thing, seeing the girls,” said Cameron, a Lakers assistant coach who was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident on Sept. 12 while riding her bicycle on Route 19 in Summit Township.

The opportunity to see the players during the NCAA Women’s Division I Frozen Four at Tullio Arena provided motivation for Cameron during her difficult rehabilitation.

“It kind of became this big goal for me,” she said. “All through the rehab process, I had this goal in the back of my head. It helped motivate me and get me through the next step every time.”

On Friday night, Cameron watched the semifinal doubleheader from Mercyhurst’s VIP suite. As she sat in front of the window watching Wisconsin and Boston College play in the first game, she said, “It brought tears to my eyes to see the whole NCAA hockey (tournament). It was just awesome.”

Cameron didn’t anticipate attending the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony and Brunch at Bayfront Convention Center on Saturday morning after a long night of watching games on Friday.

“But I’m really glad I came,” she said. “I’m feeling pretty good.”

* Retiring No. 87: Mercyhurst coach Michael Sisti expects senior captain Meghan Agosta’s No. 87 sweater to be retired in the future. “I’m sure it will happen,” he said. “We’ve got a few players that have done great things for us that are worthy of being in our Hall of Fame and have their jerseys retired. But she’s the best player to ever play college hockey. So I’m certain that her jersey will be retired.”

Agosta concluded her Lakers’ career as the NCAA’s career leader in goals (157), points (303), power-play goals (54), short-handed goals (20) and game-winning goals (39).

Alex Rigsby (Contributed/University of Wisconsin)

* Resembling a star: Before Friday’s semifinal game against Boston College, Wisconsin junior forward Brooke Ammerman noticed a Jessie Vetter-like swagger in freshman goaltender Alex Rigsby.

Like Vetter, the former Badgers goaltender and 2009 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, Rigsby is confident beyond her years. “She’s young, but she plays like she’s a lot older,” Ammerman said.

Badgers coach Mark Johnson won’t compare Rigsby to Vetter. “She’s her own person. She has to do her own thing,” Johnson said of Rigsby. “She’s going to create her own path and her own journey.”
But Vetter, who represented the United States at the Vancouver Olympics, serves as a role model for Rigsby. “I had big shoes to fill when I came here,” she said. “But I looked at it as more of a challenge.”

* Keep it in the family: Wisconsin can maintain the WCHA’s stranglehold on the national championship with a win Sunday against Boston University. The conference has won all 10 Frozen Four titles.

Players from Minnesota Duluth reminded the Badgers of that during the handshake line after losing to them last weekend in the national quarterfinals. “Keep it in the WCHA,” the Bulldogs players said.

* Laker gathering: Mercyhurst alumni are invited to a free Frozen Four after party on Sunday from 5-9 p.m. at the school’s Egan Cafeteria. Please RSVP to For more information, call (814) 824-3320 or send an e-mail to

* Other big games: Mercyhurst junior forward Kelley Steadman and Girard native Jen Schoullis, a redshirt junior forward at Minnesota, are part of the U.S. Women’s National Team that will face Canada in two exhibition games on April 7-8 in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to USA Hockey.

They are part of a selection/training camp set for April 4-12, which determines the team that will compete in the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship on April 16-25 in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: March 19th, 2011

Posted: March 17th, 2011

Mercyhurst College and Girard native Jen Schoullis, a redshirt junior forward at Minnesota, aren’t playing in the NCAA Women’s Division I Frozen Four this weekend at Tullio Arena.

But ticket sales still stood at 3,800 on Thursday, said Ron Sertz, the local operating committee’s executive director. So he hopes the total for the three-day tournament reaches 4,000, which would greatly exceed the NCAA’s initial goal of 2,500.

“It was definitely not something we had hoped for,” Sertz said of losing the Lakers and Schoullis, which might keep what Sertz called “Erie event fans” away. “From the beginning, I thought if things fall our way we could jam the place. Things just didn’t fall our way. But I think we still have a good event.”

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