First-year forward Carolyn Draayer made the All-Rookie Team and Honorable Mention, while senior goalie Danielle Justice (Alexandria, Minn.) and junior defender Kelsey Kennedy (Eagan, Minn.) joined Draayer as Honorable Mention selections. Justice was also tabbed as Gustavus’ representative on the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.
Senior forward Allie Schwab, now a two-time All-Conference performer, leads the team with career-highs in goals (22), assists (18) and points (40). Her goal and point totals also top the league along with her seven game-winning goals. Schwab ranks fifth in the conference in assists, fourth in power play points (13) and second in power play goals (eight). Although the season is not over, Schwab’s recognition as the league’s top player put the lid on a decorated career at Gustavus. The Stillwater, Minn. native earned All-Conference honors in 2009-10, Honorable Mention in 2008-09 and 2010-11, and All-Rookie recognition in 2008-09. Schwab currently ranks third on Gustavus’ all-time list with 69 career goals and seventh with 119 career points. With the Player-of-the-Year honor, Schwab joins the likes of Sarah Garrison-Moe (1998-99, 2001-02), Andrea Peterson (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07) and Stefanie Ubl (2007-08) as Gusties to receive the recognition.
Senior forward Mollie Carroll earns All-Conference honors for the first time during her four years wearing the black and gold. Carroll has set career-highs in goals (13), assists (22) and points (35) this season. Her 22 assists leads the conference and her 35 points ranks second. To put Carroll’s season into perspective, she tallied 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points during her first three seasons and nearly doubled each of those marks this year. The Eagan, Minn. native now has 32 goals and 46 assists for 78 career points. This season, Carroll has recorded three points in a game six times with nine multi-point performances.
Sophomore forward Amanda Cartony has been on a tear to end the regular season. The Stillwater, Minn. native garnered MIAC Women’s Hockey Athlete of the Week honors after a five-point (4G, A) performance against Saint Benedict in the regular season series finale. She finished the month of February with a team-high 11 points on eight goals and three assists, which also gave her Female Student-Athlete of the Month recognition. To top it all off, Cartony was named All-Conference for the second-straight season. The Stillwater product is tied for second on the team with 13 goals (9th/MIAC) this season and is tied for fifth with 13 assists. Her 26 points ranks third on the team and her 1.08 points per game is ninth in the MIAC. She also has two short-handed points this season, which ranks fourth in the conference. The sophomore forward has tied her career-high in goals with 13 and has set career marks in assists (13) and points (26). She currently has 26 goals and 21 assists for 47 career points.
Junior defender Lindsey Hjelm makes her third consecutive appearance on the All-Conference Team after posting nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points this season, ranking second in the conference among defenders. Hjelm’s stat line took a minor hit this season since moving from the forward position to defense. Last season, the North Oaks, Minn. native led the team with 30 points on 12 goals and 18 assists. During her first season wearing the black and gold, Hjelm tallied 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points, ranking third on the squad. Those numbers also gave her All-Rookie recognition. On Jan. 20 this year, Hjelm became the all-time penalty queen for the Gustavus women’s hockey program. She broke the program record for career penalties and penalty minutes in a 7-0 shutout over St. Catherine University. The Mounds View product currently has 82 career penalties for 164 penalty minutes. Throughout her three seasons donning the three crowns, Hjelm has accumulated 32 goals and 44 assists for 76 career points.
First-year forward Carolyn Draayer has posted an impressive season in her inaugural campaign for the Gusties. Draayer started the year on a six-game point-scoring streak and was named Female Student-Athlete of the Month for November. During the first month of the season, the Deephaven, Minn. native tallied nine goals and two assists for 11 points in six games, including three two-goal performances. Draayer currently has 17 goals (2nd/Team) and eight assists for 25 points (4th/Team) this season. Her 0.65 goals per game average ranks fourth in the MIAC and her 0.96 points per game average ranks second among rookies in the league. For her efforts, the Minnetonka product was named Honorable Mention and one of seven members on the All-Rookie Team.
Senior goalie Danielle Justice has gone the entire season thus far without a loss at 16-0-2 and garnered Honorable Mention for the second-straight season. Justice leads the league with a 1.11 goals against average and is fourth in the MIAC with a .930 save percentage. Her undefeated 16-0-2 mark also tops the league in winning percentage at .944. The Alexandria, Minn. native has recorded six shutouts this year and hasn’t allowed more than three goals in a single game. Justice became the first goalie in program history to tally 1,000 career saves and now has 1,212 in her four seasons. She also has the program record with a .934 career save percentage and 59 total wins (59-10-9). Her 4734:01 is also the most minutes played by any goalie in Gustavus history.
Junior defender Kelsey Kennedy received Honorable Mention for the second time in her three-year career. The Eagan, Minn. native has been a staple on Gustavus’ defense with a great deal of help in assisting goals. Kennedy ranks second on the team with 20 dimes this year. Her 0.77 assists per game average ranks fourth in the MIAC, while her 0.81 points per game average is third in the league among defenders. This season, Kennedy has recorded six multi-assist games, including back-to-back three-assist performances against Saint Beendict in the regular season series finale. Throughout her career, the Eagan product has tallied 40 career points, 37 of which coming off the assist.
The Gustie women return to the ice Saturday afternoon against Concordia College for the MIAC Playoff Championship. The puck is set to drop at 2:00 p.m. at Don Roberts Ice Rink in St. Peter, Minn.