After earning third-team honors her sophomore season and second-team honors last year, senior forward Michelle Karvinen was named among the best of the best, being named All-WCHA First Team.
Even with missing 12 games this season, Karvinen has still amasses 22 points this season, averaging one point per game. While with Team Finland at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, she was named the top forward at the women’s hockey tournament, leading all skaters with five points and seven goals.
Junior forward Josefine Jakobsen was named All-WCHA Third Team for a second-consecutive season. It also marks the third-straight season Jakobsen has earned postseason honors, as she was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team in 2011-12. She currently leads UND in scoring with 13 goals and 19 assists. During the Jan. 17-18 weekend, Jakobsen became the newest UND member of the 100-point club. Through three seasons, she has compiled a total of 109 points.
For the third-consecutive season, North Dakota had student-athletes earn all-rookie team honors as freshman forward Susanna Tapani and freshman defenseman Gracen Hirschy were named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team.
Hirschy leads all freshmen at UND in scoring with nine goals and 13 assists. She is also currently ranked seventh among the nation’s freshmen with a +20 plus/minus rating. Tapani is second among UND’s freshmen with eight goals and 12 assists. Her 0.91 points per game average so far this season is third best among the nation’s freshmen.
Additionally, 15 UND student-athletes earned WCHA All-Academic honors. The North Dakota winners were: Shelby Amsley-Benzie, Kayla Berg, Andrea Dalen, Meghan Dufault, Tanja Eisenschmid, Johanna Fallman, Samantha Hanson, Josefine Jakobsen, Leah Jensen, Shannon Kaiser, Michelle Karvinen, Sam LaShomb, Layla Marvin, Marissa Salo, and Tori Williams.
To qualify for the WCHA All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at present institution, prior to the current academic year and have a GPA of at least 3.0 for the previous two semesters or three quarters.