Amsley-Benzie Named Patty Kaz Finalist

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UND Athletics Junior goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie has been named a top-10 finalist for the 2014-15 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, USA Hockey announced Thursday.

The Warroad, Minn., native is the third UND student-athlete to be named a top-10 finalist for the award, which is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Both Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux have been top-10 finalists, with Jocelyne earning the honor twice, including being named a finalist in 2011-12.

A fourth-year chemical engineering student, Amsley-Benzie holds a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average and has also started coursework to attain a master's degree while still finishing her undergraduate degree.

On the ice, she currently leads the nation with a .955 save percentage. Additionally, her goals-against average of 1.15 ranks is tied for second nationally and tied for first in the WCHA. Posting two shutouts in the final weekend of regular-season action, she also clinched the WCHA's 2014-15 Goaltending Champion award with a 1.17 goals-against average during conference action.

From the top-10 finalists, three finalists, including the recipient of the 2015 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, will be chosen by a 13-person selection committee made up of NCAA Division I women's ice hockey coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media, an at-large member and a representative of USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. The top-3 finalists will be announced on Thurs., March 5. The winner will be unveiled at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis on Saturday, March 21, as part of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four weekend.

Additional Amsley-Benzie Notes:
In games played since Jan. 1, Amsley-Benzie leads the nation in save percentage (.974), goals-against average (0.61) and shutouts (8). Six of her shutouts have come in the past eight games and she has only conceded eight goals in her 13 games played since the start of the new year.

This season Shelby Amsley-Benzie has become the sole owner of UND’s goaltending records for career wins (49), career shutouts (14) and single-season shutouts (9). Also, with 16 wins this season, she is approaching her previous school record for single-season wins of 19 set in 2012-13.

She is also on a program-record shutout streak spanning 267 minutes and 11 seconds. The last goal she conceded came in the second period against Minnesota on Feb. 7.

2015 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-10 Finalists
Name Year Position School
Shelby Amsley-Benzie Junior (redshirt) Goaltender University of North Dakota
Hannah Brandt Junior Forward University of Minnesota
Dani Cameranesi Sophomore Forward University of Minnesota
Alex Carpenter Junior Forward Boston College
Kendall Coyne Junior Forward Northeastern University
Brianne Jenner Senior Forward Cornell University
Emily Pfalzer Senior Defense Boston College
Marie-Philip Poulin Senior Forward Boston University
Rachel Ramsey Senior Defense University of Minnesota
Haley Skarupa Junior Forward Boston College

About the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award:
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement.