GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota senior defenseman Halli Krzyzaniak was named to the All-WCHA Second Team, while freshman forward Ryleigh Houston was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team, the league announced Thursday. Additionally, a total of 15 student-athletes were named to the WCHA All-Academic Team.
A native of Neepawa, Manitoba, Krzyzaniak was most recently named to the Canadian National Women’s Team that will compete at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship, and will most likely, make up the group that Hockey Canada centralizes for the upcoming 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Through 35 games this season, Krzyzaniak is tied for defensive scoring on the team with five goals and 13 assists. She also leads UND with a plus/minus rating of +15. Krzyzaniak has previously been named to the All-WCHA Third Team in both 2015-16 and 2014-15.
Houston, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has had a standout freshman campaign, leading UND in points during the regular season and having totaled eight goals and 18 assists through 37 games this year. Her 26 points is second among conference rookies, but she does lead the league’s freshmen in game-winning goals (3), and power-play points (10). Houston was named Rookie of the Week twice this season, Oct. 5 and Nov. 15, and was also named the league’s Rookie of the Month for December.
The league also announced the 2016-17 WCHA All-Academic Team, and 15 UND student athletes were among those honored: Breanna Berndsen, Kristen Campbell, Annie Chipman, Taylor Flaherty, Kayla Gardner, Gracen Hirschy, Anna Kilponen, Rebekah Kolstad, Halli Krzyzaniak, Lisa Marvin, Dorci Medgyes, Amy Menke, Marissa Salo, Lexie Shaw and Vilma Tanskanen.
Chipman, Gardner, Hirschy, Krzyzaniak, Marvin, Menke and Shaw are all three-time honorees, while Salo earned her fourth WCHA All-Academic Team honor.
North Dakota heads to its seventh-consecutive WCHA Final Face-Off and will take on Wisconsin in the first semifinal game at 2:07 p.m. (CT) on Saturday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.