COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The top-10 finalists for the 2019 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award were released by the USA Hockey Foundation on Thursday, and five ECAC Hockey players have been named finalists.
The list includes Clarkson’s Loren Gabel (Sr. / Kitchener, Ont.) and Elizabeth Giguere (So. / Quebec City, Que.), Colgate’s Jessie Eldridge (Sr. / Barrie, Ont.), Princeton’s Sarah Fillier (Fr. / Georgetown, Ont.), and RPI’s Lovisa Selander (Sr. / Sollentuna, Sweden).
ECAC Hockey leads all Division I conferences on this list with five, followed by Hockey East with three and WCHA which boasts two finalists.
Gabel is the only repeat finalist from last years list, as the senior has rounded out her collegiate career on a strong note, tallying 33 goals to this point in the season, which is eight in front of the second place goal scorer. She’s surpassed a number of records this season, becoming the all-time Golden Knights point leader while also surpassing the 100-goal and 200-point mark.
Giguere, who is knotted with Gabel for a nation-leading 59 points (21G, 38A) is the other Clarkson finalist this season. The returning All-American has continued to impress in her sophomore season, also boasting a +51 on-ice rating to lead ECAC Hockey. Her 1.84 points-per-game are third in the nation, while she paces the country in assists with 38.
Eldridge becomes the first Colgate player to be named a finalist for the “Patty Kaz” Award, as the senior has built on her fantastic collegiate career with her best season to date, ranking in the top-ten nationally in goals (25) and points (45). The Barrie, Ont. native has helped to shift the culture of Colgate women’s hockey, and currently holds or shares in eight different program records.
Fillier is one of just two freshman in this years finalist class, as the rookie has wasted no time adjusting to the college game. She’s leading the nation in average scoring to this point in the season, averaging 2.04 points-per-game on 16 goals and 31 assists. She’s been named the Women’s Hockey Commissioners Association (WHCA) Rookie of the Month twice this season, and has helped lead the Tigers to their highest national ranking in program history.
Selander has been a brick wall in net throughout her four year career at RPI, but her senior season has been one for the ages, as the Sollentuna, Sweden native has led the Engineers to their best season since 2009-10. She’s currently leading the nation in saves (1,012), save percentage (.945), and ranks in the top 25 in GAA (2.07), and shutouts (3). Selander is the first RPI player to be named a finalist for the Patty Kaz in the programs history.
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