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The UND women's hockey team held it's annual team banquet on Tuesday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Women's hockey doles out annual team awards
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Updated: Thursday 05/07/2014 22:48:04 (ET)
by Ross LaDue, UND Media Relations
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The University of North Dakota women's hockey team held its annual end-of-the-year banquet and handed out its team awards on Tuesday.

Senior Michelle Karvinen and junior Josefine Jakobsen were both named the team's most valuable players.

Karvinen's season was highlighted by a trip to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games where she led all skaters in the women's hockey tournament in scoring and was named the top forward. She also earned All-WCHA First Team honors with 23 points through 24 games played this season.

Jakobsen led UND with 33 points, stemming from 14 goals and 19 assists. In January, she became the fifth player in program history to record 100 career points. Jakobsen was named to the All-WCHA Third Team, her third-consecutive all-conference recognition.

Sophomore defenseman Tanja Eisenschmid was named the team's best defensive player. Eisenschmid anchored the young blue line for UND, recording a +9 plus/minus rating through 28 games. Like Karvinen, she also played in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and recorded her first Olympic point with Team Germany.

Susanna Tapani and Gracen Hirschy were named co-rookies of the year after outstanding freshman campaigns. Gracen Hirschy led the UND freshmen with 22 points off of nine goals and 13 assists. Susanna Tapani was second among UND’s freshmen with eight goals and 12 assists, and her 0.83 points per game average was fourth best among the nation’s freshmen. They were also both named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team.

Freshman forward Amy Menke earned the most improved player award. Playing in all 36 games, she registered five goals and eight assists. She scored her first collegiate goals in the same game against Bemidji State on Nov. 2.

Senior Kayla Berg was named the team's most dedicated player. She was a three-time assistant captain at UND and skated in a total of 121 games. Berg was also a three-time All-WCHA Academic Team recipient and was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team in 2010-11.

Sophomore goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie rounded out the awards earning the team's academic award. Amsley-Benzie holds a 4.0 grade point average in her third year as a chemical engineering major. Additionally, she led the nation with a .981 third-period save percentage, stopping 156 of 159 shots she’s faced in the third period this season.

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