Concordia's Gendreau, Gustavus' Draayer headline MIAC Women's Hockey Awards

Concordia's Gendreau, Gustavus' Draayer headline MIAC Women's Hockey Awards

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- After another amazing season on the ice, the top women's hockey performers in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) were recognized Thursday with the announcement of the 2014-15 MIAC Women's Hockey Awards. Concordia's Madison Gendreau, Gustavus' Carolyn Draayer and Saint Mary's Head Coach Terry Mannor claimed the conference's top individual awards.

Gendreau (Sr., Forward, Bismarck, N.D.) was named the MIAC Player-of-the-Year, Draayer (Sr., Forward, Deephaven, Minn./Minnetonka) received the conference's Sheila Brown Award and Mannor (10th season) was named the MIAC Coach-of-the-Year. All-Conference, All-Rookie, Honorable Mention and All-Sportsmanship teams were also announced.

Gendreau's received the MIAC's top individual honor thanks to her leadership and playmaking skills and her role in the Cobbers' success in 2015. She led the team to a 9-6-3 MIAC record (10-12-3 overall) and a third-place finish in the conference standings. Concordia is the No. 3 seed in the MIAC Playoffs and will open the postseason Saturday with a semifinal game at No. 2 St. Thomas at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas Ice Arena.

Gendreau was the MIAC's top offensive player in 2015 with the ability to both set up teammates, and score the puck herself. In conference play, she led the MIAC in points (24) and assists (15), and was sixth in goals (nine). Overall, Gendreau ranked third in assists (16), fifth in points (25) and ninth in goals (nine). Her five power play goals all came in league play and led the MIAC. Gendreau also received her third-straight All-Conference honor and was a member of the MIAC's All-Rookie team in 2012.

Draayer received her prestigious honor, which was fittingly named for former St. Catherine Athletic Director Sheila Brown. By definition, the Sheila Brown Award is given to one senior who has made long-term contribution to her team's success and who has consistently competed with good sportsmanship. This season, Draayer led Gustavus to its 10th MIAC title in the last 11 years. The Gusties are 19-4-2 overall and won the MIAC title with 31 points and a 15-2-1 conference record.

The Sheila Brown Award is the latest MIAC honor for Draayer, who also received her second-straight All-Conference award after earning Honorable Mention honors her first two seasons and All-Rookie honors in her first year. This season she led the MIAC in game-winning goals (four) and power play goals (five) and was third in goals (12) and seventh in points (20).

In addition, Draayer is a two-time team captain, a CoSIDA Academic All-American, an NCAA Elite 89 and MIAC Elite 22 honoree and her long list of community service includes volunteer opportunities with the Gustavus Women in Leadership and Special Olympics. Draayer has used her video production talents to create videos to promote Gustavus and Gustie athletics, as well as a pair of promotional videos for the MIAC.

Mannor - in his 10th season as the Cardinals' head coach - received his first MIAC Coach-of-the-Year award after leading his team to a tremendous turnaround and their first MIAC Playoff bid since 2010. Saint Mary's - which was just 9-15-1 overall (7-11 MIAC) last season - finished the regular season with an 11-11-3 overall record. The Cardinals were 9-7-2 in MIAC play and finished in fourth place in the final standings with 20 points. SMU is the No. 4 seed in the MIAC Playoffs, and will open the postseason by hosting No. 5-seeded Bethel Thursday night at 7 p.m.

This season, Mannor coached three players to All-Conference honors and three more who received All-MIAC Honorable Mention accolades. His team has been especially good defensively this season, ranking fourth in the MIAC in goals allowed (50), goals against average (1.97) and third in save percentage (.930). The Cardinals were even better in conference play, leading the league in save percentage (.940) and ranking third in goals allowed (29) and goals against average (1.59).

Gendreau isn't the only three-time All-MIAC honoree, as Saint Mary's Macki Fadness also earned her third-straight honor. Draayer was joined by a group of individuals who earned their second-straight All-Conference honor: Gustavus' Courtney Boucher and Allison Eder-Zdechlik, Concordia's Libby Fransdal, Bethel's Erin Harper and Kalie Johnson, St. Thomas' Megan Juricko and Saint Mary's Breanna Peterson. St. Thomas' Tara Baggo and St. Catherine's Megan Killmer also earned their second career All-MIAC honors after both also received the award in 2013.

The All-Conference team included the top 20 players - 12 forwards, six defenders and two goalies - in the MIAC in 2014-15. MIAC  champ Gustavus led the way with five All-MIAC selections. Second-place St. Thomas was next with four and each of the other three Playoff teams - Concordia, Saint Mary's and Bethel - had three players honored apiece. St. Catherine and Hamline each had one All-Conference selection.

The All-MIAC team was extremely heavy on veterans with 10 seniors and eight juniors honored, along with one sophomore and one freshman. The conference also honored the MIAC All-Rookie Team, which included the top players in their first season of collegiate hockey. All-Conference Honorable Mention selections were also recognized. 

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC also announced the eighth annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for women's hockey. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition. 

2014-15 MIAC Women's Hockey Awards

Player-of-the-YearMadison Gendreau, Concordia (Sr., Forward., Bismarck, N.D.)
Sheila Brown Award - Carolyn Draayer, Gustavus (Sr., Forward, Deephaven, Minn./Minnetonka)
Coach-of-the-YearTerry Mannor, Saint Mary's (10th season)

2014-15 MIAC Women's Hockey All-Conference Team

Name Team Year    Position Hometown/Previous School
Tara Baago St. Thomas Sr.  Forward Eagan, Minn. / Henry Sibley 
Courtney Boucher  Gustavus  Sr.  Defense  Hastings, Minn. 
Carolyn Draayer Gustavus  Sr.  Forward  Deephaven, Minn. / Minnetonka
Allison Eder-Zdechlik    Gustavus  Jr.  Forward  Stillwater, Minn. 
Macki Fadness  Saint Mary's    Jr.  Defense  Eau Claire, Wis. 
Nuala Flood St. Thomas Jr.  Defense St. Paul, Minn. / Cretin-Derham Hall 
Libby Fransdal  Concordia  Sr.  Defense  Hopkins, Minn. 
Madison Gendreau  Concordia 
Sr.  Forward  Bismarck, N.D. 
Erin Harper 
Jr.  Defense Blaine, Minn.
Tori Herrmann  Saint Mary's Jr.  Goaltender   Elk River, Minn.  
Lindsey Hibbard Gustavus Jr.  Goaltender Princeton, Minn. 
Kalie Johnson 
Sr.  Forward  Richfield, Minn. 
Megan Juricko 
St. Thomas  Jr.  Defense  Eagan, Minn. 
Megan Killmer St. Catherine   Sr.  Forward Savage, Minn. / Burnsville 
Kathryn Larson Bethel So.  Forward Shoreview, Minn. / Mounds View 
Breanna Peterson  Saint Mary's  Sr.  Forward  Macomb, Mich./Honeybaked
Erica Power Gustavus Fy.  Forward Lakeville, Minn. / Apple Valley
Courtney Umland St. Thomas Jr.  Forward Maple Grove, Minn. 
Kelsey Vandegrift Concordia Sr.  Forward St. Paul, Minn. / Central 
Jordan Verleye Hamline Sr.  Forward Livonia, Mich. 

2014-15 MIAC Women's Hockey All-Rookie Team

Name Team Year    Position Hometown/Previous School
Emily Goff Concordia Fy.  Defense Rochester, Minn. / Eagan 
Paige Kittelson St. Thomas   Fy.  Goaltender   Arden Hills, Minn. / Mounds View 
Michelle Klimstra Bethel Fy.  Goaltender Elk River, Minn. / Rogers 
Maddie McGlade St. Thomas Fy.  Forward Lakeville, Minn. / North 
Erica Power Gustavus Fy.  Forward Lakeville, Minn. / Apple Valley 
Rachel Skoglund Gustavus Fy.  Defense Forest Lake, Minn. 
Heidi Winiecki St. Thomas Fy.  Forward Lakeville, Minn. / North 

2014-15 MIAC Women's Hockey All-Conference Honorable Mention

Name Team Year    Position Hometown/Previous School
Erika Allen Augsburg Jr.  Goaltender Roseville, Minn. 
Marissa Brandt Gustavus Sr.  Defense Vadnais Heights, Minn. / Hill Murray 
Megan Brettingen Saint Benedict   Sr.  Defense Mora, Minn. / Warroad 
Lindsay Burman Bethel Sr.  Forward Stanchfield, Minn. / Cambridge / Isanti 
Randi Fabsits St. Catherine Jr.  Defense Tinley Park, Ill. / Victor J. Andrew   
Hannah Forliti St. Olaf So.  Defense Shoreview, Minn. / Cretin-Derham Hall 
Kayla Fuechtmann Augsburg Jr.  Forward Circle Pines, Minn. / Centennial  
Danielle Heitkamp Augsburg So.  Defense Bismarck, N.D. / Grand Rapids (Minn.)   
Andrea Klug Concordia So. Goaltender   West Fargo, N.D.
Chelsea Koehn Hamline Jr.  Forward Clyde, Mich. 
Katie LeTournaeu Saint Mary's Jr.  Defense White Bear Lake, Minn. 
Kassie Lien Saint Mary's So.  Forward Grantsburg, Wis. 
Jenny Magill Hamline Jr.  Defense Lake Elmo, Minn. 
Karina Marette St. Thomas Jr.  Defense Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Breck 
Elli Marvin Saint Benedict So.  Forward Shoreview, Minn. / Mounds View 
Callen Naasz Augsburg So.  Forward  Lakeville, Minn./South 
Brenna Nakonechny    Augsburg Jr.  Defense Grand Forks, N.D./Red River 
Bailey Rasmussen St. Catherine Sr.  Forward  Grand Rapids, Minn. 
Jaci Reinke Hamline So.  Defense Waconia, Minn. 
Marah Shields Saint Mary's So.  Goaltender Milford, Mich. / Honeybaked 
Jenna Traut Saint Benedict Sr. Goaltender St. Cloud, Minn. / Apollo
Jane Vezina St. Olaf Fy.  Forward Stillwater, Minn. 
Heidi Winiecki St. Thomas Fy.  Forward Lakeville, Minn. / North  
Abbi White St. Catherine So.  Goaltender Wyoming, Minn. / Forest Lake 

2014-15 Women's Hockey All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team

Augsburg - Brianna Schulz (Sr., Prior Lake, Minn.)
Bethel - Caroline Kivisto (Jr., Dassel, Minn. / Dassel-Cokato)
Concordia - Erin McNeill (Sr., Chanhassen, Minn.)
Gustavus - Keri Pickel (Sr., Rochester, Minn. / Mayo)
Hamline - Jaci Reinke (So., Waconia, Minn. / Holy Family)
Saint Benedict - Ally Hoffman (Jr., Chaska, Minn. / Benilde-St. Margaret's)
St. Catherine - Shelby Salmonsen (Sr., Faribault, Minn.)
Saint Mary's - Katie LeTourneau (Jr., White Bear Lake, Minn.)
St. Olaf - Lauren Bazzachini (Sr., Plymouth, Minn. / Minnehaha Academy)
St. Thomas - Paige Baldwin (Sr., Shorewood, Minn. / Minnetonka)

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