With more than 250 Selects alums across Division-I men’s and women’s hockey, we highlight some of the standout performances from last week and other recent news with a closer look at the college landscape.
The Women’s Division-I Frozen Four starts Friday, March 22nd, in Hamden, Connecticut. Never has it been more evident than in 2019, the road to the Frozen Four goes through the World Selects Invitational Series first. More than 30 players still active in the NCAA tournament got their start with our Selects program, competing in the 2011 and 2012 WSI in Prague and Italy.
The four teams remaining are top-seeded Wisconsin with 17 alumni, Cornell with 10, six for Minnesota and Clarkson with five.
Grace Bowlby, Natalie Buchbinder, Nicole LaMantia, Maddie Rolfes and Mekenzie Steffen patrol the blue line for the Badgers while Sam Cogan, Jesse DeVito, Delaney Drake, Kyleigh Hanzlik, Presley Norby, Maddie Posick, Caitlin Schneider and Sophia Shaver providing firepower up front. Kristen Campbell has been dependent in goal for Wisconsin, backed up by Nikki Cece and Cami Kronish and Selects coach Annie Pankowski leads the group in scoring with 25 goals and 47 points.
Cornell upset No. 3-seeded Northeastern and will continue to play the underdog role behind its three leading scorers Maddie Mills, Kristin O’Neill and Jaime Bourbonnais. They’ll lean on teammates Sam Burke, Amy Curlew, Devan Facchinato, Finley and Gillis Frechette, Pippy Gerace and Paige Lewis to keep the Big Red rolling.
Second on the team in scoring, Grace Zumwinkle and Minnesota teammates Alex Gulstene, Patti Marshall, Emily Oden, Sophie Skarzynski and Alex Woken may have the best shot at upsetting No. 1-seed Wisconsin in a possible championship matchup. The Gophers have handed the Badgers two of their four losses this season and will look for their seventh national title.
Back-to-back, reigning, defending national champion Clarkson is eyeing a three-peat with help from Patty Kazmaier finalist Loren Gabel. The senior along with Michaela Pejzlova, Cassidy Vinkle, Kristy Pidgeon and Avery Mitchell combined for nearly half of the Golden Knights’ goal scoring this season.
Puck drop for the women’s Frozen Four starts Friday at 4 p.m., with the championship on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from Frank Perrotti, Jr. Arena in Hamden, Connecticut.
In men’s college hockey, conference championships will conclude this weekend with Selection Sunday following to announce tournament teams. Conferences rolled out yearly awards and honors, with a wealth of Selects alumni represented across some of the top leagues.
Minnesota junior Rem Pitlick earned First-Team All-Conference honors in the Big Ten, as the ‘97 West Coast Selects alum finished with career highs in goals (21), assists (24) and points (45). Patrick Khodorenko was named to the Second-Team, as the formers ‘98 East Coast Selects-Q and current Michigan State forward finished his junior year with 18 goals and 37 points. Fellow Spartan and former ‘98 Jr. Selects defenseman Dennis Cesana also earned All-Freshman Team honors.
A highly-decorated senior season, ‘96 East Coast Selects-Q alum Chase Priskie added ECAC First-Team All-Conference to his resume. The defenseman’s collegiate career came to an end with Quinnipiac’s quarterfinal loss in the conference tournament but Priskie remains a finalist for the 2019 Hobey Baker Award as well as the Senior CLASS Award to cap off his final season. Rumors have begun swirling around the possibility of Priskie — a sixth-round draft pick of the Washington Capitals — signing an entry-level contract before the end of the NHL regular season.
A former teammate of Priskie’s at South Kent Selects Academy, Yale forward Joe Snively reconnected, joining Priskie as an ECAC First-Teamer. Also a senior who concluded his four-year career, Snively signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Capitals and will spend the remainder of the ‘18-19 season with their AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.
Some Hockey East accolades were handed out to ‘97 West Coast Selects Chase Pearson, who was named a Second-Team All-Star as well as the conference’s Best Defensive Forward. The Maine Black Bear captain also signed an entry-level contract to join the Detroit Red Wings; a team that selected him in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft.
Former ‘96 East Coast Selects-Q and Selects Academy alum Karl El-Mir was named to Hockey East’s Third-Team All-Stars and Boston University standout Joel Farabee was named to the All-Rookie Team after the ‘00 East Coast Selects-Q alum led his team in scoring as a freshman.
A pair of ‘03 Western Canada Selects announced college commitments this past week. One of the top North American players in the ‘04-birth year, Matthew Savoie announced he’d join the University of Denver for the ‘21-22 season. His teammate at the 2018 World Selects Invitational-Philly, Ty Mueller also announced his commitment to the University of Nebraska-Omaha for the ‘22-23 season.
Tristan Zandee will be heading to Colorado College. The ‘03 West Coast Selects alum is also set to make his college debut in the ‘22-23 season with the Tigers .
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