Gustavus senior defender Kirstin Peterson was named to the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America team today. The announcement was made at the team banquet at the NCAA Women’s Division III Frozen Four in Rochester, New York. This is the third consecutive year that Peterson has been named to the AHCA All-America Team.
“I am really happy for Kirstin after all she has done for our program,” stated Coach Mike Carroll. “Becoming a three-time All-American in this day and age is really hard to accomplish because of the way the game is improving every year.” Carroll added, “She is our quarterback and most consistent player on defense. She can really control the game and sometimes we don’t notice it or appreciate it the way we should. It has been a privilege to coach her for the past four seasons.”
Peterson, a four-year starter and captain of the 2010-11 team, joins Andrea Peterson as the only players in Gustavus women’s hockey history to be named to the All-America Team three times. Peterson, a St. Paul, Minn. native, will break Andrea Peterson’s record for career games played this weekend when she pushes her career total to 116 games played. Andrea currently holds the record at 115. A four-time All-Conference honoree, Peterson has tallied 16 goals and 57 assists for 73 points in her career.
Gustavus, which won its seventh consecutive MIAC title with a record of 14-2-2, enter this weekend’s NCAA Championship Finals with a record of 22-3-3.
2009 American Hockey Coaches Association All-America Team
West – First Team
Goaltender – Emily Michelin, Adrian
Defense – Kirstin Peterson – Gustavus Adolphus
Defense – Lauren Conrad – UW-River Falls
Forward – Kristin Faber – UW-Eau Claire
Forward – Kait Mason – UW-River Falls
Forward – Michaela Michaelson – St. Catherine
East – First Team
Goalkeeper – Alexi Bloom – Middlebury
Defense – Kara Buehler – Plattsburgh
Defense – Traci Galbraith – RIT
Forward – Traci Galbreath – RIT
Forward – Sophie Leclerc – Norwich
Forward – Kim Weiss – Trinity
Laura Hurd Division III Player of the Year – Sarah Dagg, RIT