Kazmaier finalist Brandt named WCHA women’s player of the year

Shelby Amsley-Benzie posted outstanding numbers this season in the North Dakota crease (photo: Bradley K. Olson).

The WCHA women’s conference this week announced its year-end awards, All-WCHA Teams and All-Rookie Team.

Minnesota junior forward Hannah Brandt was named Player of the Year after a 21-goal, 29-assist campaign for the Gophers. Brandt is also one of three finalists for the 2015 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.

Senior Rachel Ramsey, a teammate of Brandt’s with the Gophers, earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. Ramsey ranks second among all NCAA blueliners with 31 points and was also a top-10 finalist for the Kazmaier award.

Wisconsin’s Annie Pankowski took home Rookie of the Year laurels, leading the Badgers with 18 goals and 39 points.

Shelby Amsley-Benzie, the lone goaltender among the top 10 Kazmaier finalists, leads the nation with a .954 save percentage for North Dakota, was the league’s goaltending champion with a 1.17 GAA and was also the league’s Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year as a junior at UND.

First-year Bemidji State bench boss Jim Scanlan picked up Coach of the Year honors after leading the Beavers to a 20-16-1 record overall and a 13-14-1 mark in the WCHA.

2014-15 All-WCHA First Team

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Hannah BrandtFJr.Minnesota
Dani CameranesiFSo.Minnesota
Blayre TurnbullFSr.Wisconsin
Rachel RamseyDSr.Minnesota
Lee SteckleinDSr.Minnesota
Shelby Amsley-BenzieGJr.North Dakota
Brittni MowatGSo.Bemidji State

2014-15 All-WCHA Second Team

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Brittany AmmermanFSr.Wisconsin
Zoe HickelFSr.Minnesota-Duluth
Annie PankowskiFFr.Wisconsin
Milica McMillenDJr.Minnesota
Brigette LacquetteDSr.Minnesota-Duluth

2014-15 All-WCHA Third Team

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Rachel BonaFSr.Minnesota
Becca KohlerFJr.North Dakota
Karley SylvesterFSr.Wisconsin
Courtney BurkeDJr.Wisconsin
Halli KryzaniakDSo.North Dakota
Ann-Renee DesbiensGSo.Wisconsin

2014-15 WCHA All-Rookie Team

Player's NamePositionSchool
Emily ClarkFWisconsin
Annie PankowskiFWisconsin
Kelly PannekFWisconsin
Sydney BaldwinDMinnesota
Alexis JoyceDBemidji State
Kassidy SauveGOhio State

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