March 3, 2011

Two from BC among 10 Kazmaier finalists

Molly Schaus (photo: John Quackenbos)

Two standouts from Boston College and two local natives who star at Wisconsin have been selected among the 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award, it was announced Thursday by USA Hockey.

BC forward Kelli Stack and goalie Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.), and forwards Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) and Hilary Knight from top-ranked Wisconsin are among the 10 finalists for the award, which is given annually to the best player in Division 1 women’s hockey.

Duggan is tied for the Division 1 lead in scoring with 35 goals and 44 assists for 79 points. Knight leads the nation with 46 goals. Stack is the leading scorer in Hockey East with 33-20-53 totals, and Schaus is fourth in Division 1 in goals-against average (1.43) and sixth in save percentage (.941.).

The other finalists are senior forwards Meghan Agosta and Vicki Bendus of Mercyhurst, sophomore defenseman Laura Fortino of Cornell, junior forwards Haley Irwin of Minnesota-Duluth and Rebecca Johnston of Cornell, and sophomore goaltender Noora Räty of Minnesota.

The winner will be announced at a brunch ceremony on March 19 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa., in conjunction with the Women's Frozen Four.