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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 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