Four members of the Gustavus women’s hockey team were named to the 2010 All-Conference Team by the league coaches this past week. First year Lindsey Hjelm (North Oaks, Minn.), senior Melissa Mackley (Burnsville, Minn.), junior Kirstin Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), and sophomore Allie Schwab (Stillwater, Minn.) were bestowed All-Conference Team honors. It is the second time Melissa Mackely has been honored as All-MIAC, as Kirstin Peterson is a three-time honoree. Allie Schwab was named to the All-Rookie team last season.
In addition, Lindsey Hjelm and first year defensemen Kelsey Kennedy were named to the 2010 All-Rookie Team. Kennedy and Sara Yunger were named Honorable Mention All-Conference, while Alyssa Saunders made the 2009-10 Women’s Hockey All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.
Lindsey Hjelm, the Gustavus January Student-Athlete of the Month, has scored 11 goals and 13 assists for a total of 24 points this season. Hjelm was the top scoring first year player on the team, as she finished the season ranked second in the MIAC in freshman scoring with 10 goals and nine assists for a 19 points. Hjelm ranks seventh in the conference in point scoring (19), fifth in goal scoring (10), and ninth in assists (9).
Captain Melissa Mackley, a staple of the Gustavus top lines over her four-year career, finished the MIAC season with nine goals and 11 assists for a total of 20 points. She ranks second on the team and fifth in the MIAC in point scoring. Mackley ranks third in the MIAC in power play points, with three goals and four assists for seven points. Melissa ranks seventh in the MIAC in goals (9) and fifth in assists (6). Mackley was also named women’s hockey MIAC Co-Athlete of the Week on Feb. 15.
Gustavus’s first line defensemen Kirstin Peterson has played a key defensive role in the current 12-game Gustavus win streak, in which the Gusties have allowed an average of just 1.08 goals per game. Peterson finished fourth on the team in scoring, leading all defensemen, with three goals and 13 assists for a total of 16 points. She finished the MIAC season as the top ranked player in the category of defensemen scoring (16 pts). Peterson, the most recent recipient of women’s hockey MIAC Athlete of the Week award, ranked first in the MIAC in power play points (1G, 8A, 9Pts), third in the conference in assists (13), and 10th in points (16).
Allie Schwab is currently the leading scorer on the Gustavus women’s hockey team, finishing the MIAC season with 12 goals and 10 assists for a total of 22 points. Schwab ranked third in the MIAC in points scoring (22), tied for first in goal scoring (12), and seventh in assists (10). Schwab has three power play goals and three game-winning goals on the season. Allie was named MIAC women’s hockey Athlete of the Week after the opening week of play on Nov. 23, 2009. Schwab has registered nine goals in Gustavus’s current 12-game winning streak.
Hjelm and Kelsey Kennedy were two of the seven members named to the All-Rookie Team. Second line defender Kennedy had two goals and six assists for a total of eight points in conference this season. She currently has a +/- of +9 this season. Kennedy and Sara Yunger were both named Honorable Mention All-Conference. Yunger, an All-MIAC performer last season, had two goals and nine assists for 11 points in the MIAC this season. She ranks second on the team in defensemen scoring and currently has a team-best +/- of +29.
As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the fourth 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. Gustavus’ representative on the Sportsmanship Team is senior Alyssa Saunders.