COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Senior defenseman Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) and sophomore forward Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario) of the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team have been selected for the 2009 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award ballot, as announced by USA Hockey.
The NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey coaches will select the top-10 finalists from the list of 43 nominees on the ballot with the announcement taking place March 2. Then a 13-member committee will select three finalists, which will be announced March 10, as well as the award winner, who will be named at the March 21 banquet in Boston.
Bellamy, the UNH team captain who logs innumerable minutes on both the power play and penalty kill, ranks third nationally in defensemen scoring at 0.83 points per game with 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) in 29 games. She has a team-best plus/minus rating of +21 and is second in assists as well as fourth in points.
Bellamy has tallied a point in six of the last 10 games with 1-11-12 in that span, and that included a career-high four-assist effort against Dartmouth College as well as her 100th career point Feb. 8 at Vermont. She has compiled two goals and nine assists for 11 points in 12 games vs. nationally-ranked teams. Bellamy is tied for first in Hockey East in defensemen scoring with 15 points in 19 league games; she is fourth in the league in both assists (13) and power-play points (nine).
Wakefield is one of the top goal scorers in the country. In fact, she leads the nation in power-play goals (12) and game-winning goals (seven), and is fourth in goals per game (1.04) and fifth in shorthanded goals (three). Furthermore, Wakefield is 13th in points per game at 1.56. She has recorded a point in 23 of 27 games with 12 multiple-point efforts, including eight multiple-goal games. In 11 games vs. nationally-ranked teams, Wakefield has totals of 9-5-14. Her season highlights include an eight-game goal scoring-streak and personal-best marks of three assists and five points vs. Dartmouth.
Wakefield leads the team in goals (28), power-play goals, shorthanded goals, game-winning goals and shots, and she is second in shooting percentage at .168. She is atop the Hockey East rankings in goals (18), power-play points (12) power-play goals (eight), shorthanded goals (three) and game-winning goals (four). Wakefield is third in Hockey East in points with 25 in 17 league games.
Tickets to the 2009 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award ceremony may be purchased at PattyKaz.com or by calling 719-538-1184. Individual seats are $85, while tables of 10 are available for $800.
UNH has had 10 selections as a top-10 candidate and three top-3 finishers, including the inaugural recipient of the award, Brandy Fisher, in 1998.
New Hampshire (19-5-5 overall, 14-2-3 Hockey East) returns to action Feb. 17 (7 p.m.) at Harvard University. The Wildcats, who have secured the top seed in the league tournament, conclude the regular season with a home-and-home series vs. UConn on Feb. 21-22. UNH’s Senior Day is Feb. 22 (2 p.m.).