UND announced its team awards on the men’s and women’s sides. Here are the press releases from the school……
Junior goaltender Zane McIntyre was named the recipient of the Jeff Anderson Scholarship Award as the University of North Dakota’s most valuable player, highlighting the 2014-15 team awards announced on Wednesday night by head coach Dave Hakstol.
McIntyre won the Mike Richter Award as the top goaltender in Division I men’s hockey and was a Hobey “Hat Trick” finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award given to the nation’s best player. The Thief River Falls, Minn., native appeared in all 42 games this season and led the nation with 29 victories, second-most in UND single-season history. He finished the year with a 29-10-3 record and a 2.05 goals against average and .929 save percentage. McIntyre was also named the NCHC Goaltender of the Year and was the NCAA West Region Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
UND’s other 2014-15 team award recipients included:
Cliff “Fido” Purpur Award: Connor Gaarder | Senior | Forward | Edina, Minn.
- Award is given to the player who exemplifies hard work, determination and being a creator of excitement on the ice
- Assistant captain had career highs in points (20), goals (10), assists (10) and tied for ninth nationally in GWG (5)
Archie Krum Memorial Athletic Scholarship: Nick Mattson | Senior | Defenseman | Chanhassen, Minn.
- Award is given to the player who demonstrates leadership qualities, high academic standards, athletic excellence
- Earned second straight NCAA Elite 89 Award for having the highest grade-point average among Frozen Four participants
- NCHC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Tom Hoghaug Memorial Scholarship: Tucker Poolman | Freshman | Defenseman | East Grand Forks, Minn.
- Award is given to the freshman who demonstrates initiative, character and a sense of responsibility
- Played in 25 games at forward and 15 on defense and led the team with six power-play goals
Rookie of the Year: Nick Schmaltz | Forward | Verona, Wis.
- Named to All-NCHC Rookie Team and was the NCHC Rookie of the Month in October
- Tied for second among NCHC freshmen in points (26) and assists (21)
Most Improved Player: Austin Poganski | Freshman | Forward | St. Cloud, Minn.
- Had four goals and 10 assists with a plus-11 in 38 games as a freshman
- Led the conference in rooking scoring during the NCHC Quarterfinals with three points in two games
Coaches’ Unsung Hero Award: Andrew Panzarella | Senior | Defenseman | Washington, D.C.
- Was a career-best plus-8 and matched his career high with four points despite playing in only nine games
- UND went 8-1-0 when he was in the lineup
Plus/Minus Award: Gage Ausmus | Sophomore | Defenseman | East Grand Forks, Minn.
- Award is given to the player with the best plus/minus rating on the team
- Played in all 42 games and led the team with a career-high plus-15 rating
Virg Foss 3-Star Award: Zane McIntyre | Junior | Goalie | Thief River Falls, Minn.
- Award is given to the player who receives the most 3-star voting points from the print media following home games
- Named 1st star twice, 2nd star once and 3rd star five times
Junior goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie earned both the team’s Most Valuable Player and Academic awards. While holding a 4.0 grade-point average in chemical engineering, Amsley-Benzie led the nation’s goaltenders this season with a .954 save percentage. Her accolades on the ice propelled her to become the third All-American in program history. She additionally broke three school records and now holds the records for career wins (51), career shutouts (14) and single-season shutouts (9).
Halli Krzyzaniak was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. Krzyzaniak earned All-WCHA Third Team honors this season and was also named to the Canadian Women’s National Team for both the 2014 Four Nations Cup and the 2015 IIHF Women’s World Championship. She totaled 13 points this season from the blue line, scoring two goals and recording 11 assists.
Jordan Hampton was named the team’s Rookie of the Year, given to a player in her first year of play at UND. Hampton, a sophomore transfer from Northeastern, stepped in right away at the blue line for UND and played in all 37 games this season. She ended her first year and UND with seven assists and a +4 plus/minus rating.
The team’s Most Improved Player award went to junior forward Shannon Kaiser. Playing in all 37 games, Kaiser recorded three goals and three assists. She scored the game-winning goal against Bemidji State on Jan. 25, while assisting on the game-winner against St. Cloud State on Nov. 29.
Rounding out the team awards, senior defenseman Tori Williams was named the team’s Most Dedicated Player. Named an assistant captain for the season, Williams skated in all 37 games for UND this season. She totaled five points off of one goal and four assists, with her lone goal coming in the final game of the season against No. 3 Wisconsin in the semifinals of the 2015 WCHA Final Face-Off.
At the end of the banquet, head coach Brian Idalski named the team captains that will lead the UND squad in 2015-16. Three assistant captains were named, as Becca Kohler, Tanja Eisenschmid and Layla Marvin will all wear an ‘A’, while soon-to-be junior defenseman Halli Krzyzaniak will get the ‘C’ as the team’s captain next season.