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Gustavus Adolphus’ Andrea Peterson was named the MIAC women’s hockey player of the year for the fourth time in as many years.

It’s the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s hockey player of the year, but you could call it the Andrea Peterson Award.

That’s because it’s belonged to the Gustavus Adolphus defenseman for the last four years.

This week, Peterson was named the conference’s top player for the fourth time. She led the No. 2-ranked Gusties to their third-consecutive MIAC regular-season championship and fourth-straight conference tournament title.

“What’s amazing about it,” Gusties coach Mike Carroll said, “is that in a sport that’s new, each year the talent level’s been increasing. ... For Andrea to keep pace with that and continue to be player of the year is something special.”

Along the way, Peterson, a White Bear Lake native, placed third in the conference scoring with 11 goals and 26 assists and became the MIAC’s all-time leading scorer with 185 points in 113 games.

“I think there was a heck of a lot of pressure on her,” Carroll said. “After winning it early on, I think, she put pressure on herself to continue to raise the bar.”

The Gusties are 25-2 and open NCAA Division III tournament play at 2 p.m. Saturday when they host Wisconsin-Stevens Point at the Don Roberts Ice Rink.



More honors

Besides Peterson, four Gustavus women made the MIAC all-conference team: forwards Kelly Crandall, Molly Doyle and Jenny Pusch and defenseman Margaret Dorer.

Honorable mention honors went to forwards Jessica Doig, Mari Gunderson and Stefanie Ubl.

Freshman forward Melissa Mackley made the all-rookie team, and forward Christine Wicker was named to the all-sportsmanship team.

On the men’s side

The Gustavus men’s hockey team had two players selected to the all-MIAC team: senior defenseman Jon Keseley and freshman forward Eric Bigham

Bigham was also named to the all-rookie team, and James Leathers was named to the all-sportsmanship team.



Showing off skills

Sammy Miller, a senior defenseman for the Minnesota State women’s hockey team, was chosen for the Pontiac Frozen Four Skills Challenge, which will be held April 6 in St. Louis.

Miller is one of 32 men and women chosen for the competition, which will be held during the men’s Frozen Four weekend.

The challenge consists of an East team and a West team, each with six male and six female position players and two male and two female goaltenders. Skills include puck-control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid-fire shooting, shooting accuracy and penalty shot.

The competition will be televised live on ESPNU.



One-timers

North Dakota forward Ryan Duncan was the WCHA men’s scoring champion with 22 goals and 17 assists in league play. ... Wisconsin’s Brian Elliott won the WCHA goaltending crown with a 1.94 goals-against average in league play. ... Top-ranked Wisconsin and Minnesota Duluth are the only WCHA teams in the women’s hockey national tournament. The rest of the field includes Harvard, New Hampshire, St. Lawrence, Mercyhurst, Dartmouth and Boston College.

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