The Minnesota Duluth women practice at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ridder Arena in advance of Sunday’s noon championship game against Cornell on CBS College Sports Network.
The Bulldogs (30-8-2) claimed a 3-2 victory over Minnesota (26-9-5) on Friday night. Cornell (21-8-6) eliminated No.1 ranked Mercyhurst 3-2 in overtime in the first semifinal.
And in Ithaca, N.Y., home base for Cornell University, folks were busy celebrating the men’s basketball team upsetting Tempe in the NCAA tournament, and the men’s hockey team beating Brown in the ECAC semifinals. But the women’s hockey team, in the NCAA tournament for the first time, made it to the title game. A story from the Ithaca Journal is here.
Also the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award was given Saturday in Minneapolis. Here’s a release from USA Hockey:
MINNEAPOLIS – Vicki Bendus (Wasaga Beach, Ont.), a junior forward from Mercyhurst College, was today named the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner. In its 13th year, the award is presented annually by The USA Hockey Foundation to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.
Bendus received the award at a brunch ceremony at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center. She was chosen from a group of three finalists that also included Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ont.), a senior forward from the University of New Hampshire, and Noora Räty (Espoo, Finland), a freshman goaltender from the University of Minnesota.
"Vicki is a wonderful person and a tremendous leader, who plays with great emotion each and every game," said Michael Sisti, head coach of Mercyhurst College. "She does so many things well and had the best season of her career."
A team captain, Bendus is near the top of the NCAA leader board in nearly all offensive categories, including points (65), shorthanded goals (5), points per game (1.81), assists per game (1.03) and goals per game (0.78). A RBK Hockey First Team All-American, her 65 points tied for first in the NCAA as she helped lead the Lakers to their eighth straight CHA playoff championship and the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.