Thursday reading: Penn State, predictions, WCHA scholar-athletes

Penn State alumnus Terry Pegula donated $90 million towards an on-campus arena that will bear his name - Rick Stewart

Penn State alumnus Terry Pegula donated $90 million towards an on-campus arena that will bear his name – Rick Stewart

Penn State will open its new rink against Army on Oct. 11, 2013.

Here are some predictions for this weekend and the weekly USCHO column.

From the WCHA …

MADISON, Wis. – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, through Commissioner Bruce M. McLeod, Associate Commissioner Sara R. Martin, Michigan Technological University Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret (Chair, men’s league) and University of Minnesota Duluth Faculty Representative Al Mensinger (Chair, women’s league) has announced a record total of 114 men’s and women’s student-athletes that make up the eighth annual group of WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipients for 2012-13. The previous record for honorees in one season was 110 in 2011-12.
“The announcement of our annual WCHA Scholar-Athletes is always a very special time of the year,” said McLeod, Martin, Sanregret and Mensinger in a joint statement. “It is an opportunity for both the Association and our member teams to publically acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of these young men and women and pay tribute to the amount of time, hard work and dedication each of them put into their already demanding schedules as student-athletes. Achieving this high honor is a remarkable tribute to every one of them and on behalf of the entire WCHA family, we wish them all the success in the world.”
The WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award was developed through Association member team Faculty Representatives and approved by the conference membership beginning with the 2005-06 season. To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his/her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.
Over the first eight years of the award, there have now been 639 WCHA Scholar-Athlete honorees representing all 12 men’s-member and all eight women’s-member institutions. Fifty-four (54) of this season’s 114 men’s and women’s WCHA Scholar-Athletes are repeat honorees, including two four-time recipients and 21 three-time honorees.
Earning the distinguished WCHA Scholar-Athlete honor for the fourth time are St. Cloud State’s Anna Donlan (2009-10, ’10-11, ’11-12, ’12-13) and Drew LeBlanc (2009-10, ’10-11, ’11-12, ’12-13), who become only the sixth and seventh student-athletes to ever do so. The other four-time honorees have been Colorado College’s Scott McCulloch (2005-06, ’06-07, ’07-08, ’08-09), North Dakota’s Chay Genoway (2007-08, ’08-09, ’09-10, ’10-11), Minnesota Duluth’s Kenny Reiter (2008-09, ’09-10, ’10-11, ’11-12), and Minnesota State’s Jenna Hewitt (2006-07, ’07-08, ’08-09, ’09-10) and Austin Lee (2008-09, ’09-10, ’10-11, ’11-12).
Twenty-one (21) of this season’s men’s and women’s honorees have now earned the WCHA Scholar-Athlete award for the third time in their careers. They are, by member team, Alaska Anchorage’s Chris Crowell, Bemidji State’s Jake AreshenkoMolly ArolaSadie LundquistBrance Orban and Abby Williams, Denver’s Shawn Ostrow and Paul Phillips, Michigan Tech’s Kevin Genoe, Minnesota Duluth’s Aaron CrandallAudrey Belanger-Cournoyer and Vanessa Thibault, Minnesota State’s Tyler ElbrechtErika Magnusson and Lauren Smith, North Dakota’s Jocelyne LamoureuxMonique LamoureuxMary LokenAllison Parizek and Jordan Slavin, and St. Cloud State’s Callie Dahl.
The complete list of 54 repeat honorees for 2012-13, listed by member institution, are as follows (****indicates four-time recipient, ***three-time recipient, **two-time recipient):
University of Alaska Anchorage: Matt Bailey* (Jr., F), Chris Crowell*** (Sr., F), Scott Warner* (Sr., D).
Bemidji State University: Jake Areshenko*** (Sr., D), Molly Arola*** (Sr., F), Allie Duellman* (Jr., D), Sadie Lundquist*** (Sr., F), Aaron McLeod** (Sr., F), Brance Orban*** (Sr., F), Erika Wheelhouse* (Sr., D), Abby Williams*** (Sr., F), Danielle Williams* (Jr., D/F).
University of Denver: Shawn Ostrow*** (Sr., F), Paul Phillips*** (Sr., D).
Michigan Technological University: Kevin Genoe*** (Sr., G), Brad Stebner* (Jr., D).
University of Minnesota: Bethany Brausen* (Jr., F), Zach Budish* (Jr., F), Nate Condon* (Jr., F).
University of Minnesota Duluth: Audrey Cournoyer*** (Sr., F), Aaron Crandall*** (Jr., G), Luke McManus* (So., D), Vanessa Thibault*** (Sr., F).
Minnesota State University, Mankato: Emilia Andersson* (Sr., D), Tyler Elbrecht*** (Sr., D), Evan Karambelas* (Jr., G), Melissa Klippenstein* (Jr., F), Erika Magnusson*** (Sr., D), Kathleen Rogan* (Jr., F), Lauren Smith*** (Sr., F).
University of Nebraska Omaha: Bryce Aneloski* (Sr., D), Zahn Raubenheimer* (Jr., F), Johnnie Searfoss* (Jr., F), Alex Simonson* (Jr., F).
University of North Dakota: Jocelyne Lamoureux*** (Sr., F), Monique Lamoureux*** (Sr., F/D), Mary Loken*** (Sr., F), Allison Parizek*** (Sr., F), Michelle Bonapace-Potvin* (So., G), Dillon Simpson* (Jr., D), Jordan Slavin*** (Sr., D).
Ohio State University: Madison Marcotte* (Jr., D), Minttu Tuominen* (Sr., F).
St. Cloud State University: Sydney Burghardt* (Jr., F), Callie Dahl*** (Sr., F), Anna Donlan**** (Sr., G), Nic Dowd* (Jr., F), Julia Gilbert* (Jr., F), Kevin Gravel* (Jr., D), Nick Jensen* (Jr., D), Drew LeBlanc**** (Sr., F), Amanda Monkman* (Jr., D), Amy Olson* (So., F).
University of Wisconsin: Natalie Berg* (Jr., D).
In 2005-06, the inaugural season of the WCHA Scholar-Athlete award, there were 47 men’s and women’s honorees. In 2006-07, there were 49 honorees, in 2007-08 there were 79, in 2008-09 there were 71, in 2009-10 there were 80, in 2010-11 there were 90 and last year (2011-12) there were 110.
This season’s WCHA Scholar-Athlete recipients will be publicly honored on-ice at an upcoming home game by their institutions and presented a commemorative plaque.
2012-13 WCHA Scholar-Athletes • by Member Team
****four-time recipient; ***three-time recipient;  **two time recipient
University of Alaska Anchorage
Matt Bailey* (Jr., F, Oakbank, MB); Chris Crowell*** (Sr., F, Williams Lake, BC); Daniel Naslund (Sr., F, Nykoping, Sweden); Kory Roy (So., F, Anchorage, AK); Quinn Sproule (Jr., D, Hussar, AB); Scott Warner * (Sr., D, Anchorage, AK).
Bemidji State University
Jake Areshenko*** (Sr., D, Port Coquitlam, BC); Molly Arola*** (Sr., F, Walker, MN); Phil Brewer (Fr., F, Cambridge, ON); Allie Duellman* (Jr., D, Maplewood, MN); Matt Hartmann (Sr., F, Hugo, MN); Sadie Lundquist*** (Sr., F, Cloquet, MN); Aaron McLeod** (Sr., F, Ottawa, ON); Brance Orban*** (Sr., F, Lethbridge, AB); Matt Prapavessis (So., D, Oakville, ON); Tyler Tosunian (So., F, Whittier, CA); Andrew Walsh (So., G, Dawson Creek, BC); Erika Wheelhouse* (Sr., D, Crookston, MN); Abby Williams*** (Sr., F, Alexandria, MN); Danielle Williams* (Jr., D/F, Waconia, MN); Sam Windle (So., D, Maple Grove, MN); Whitney Wivoda (So., F, Fairbanks, AK).
Colorado College
Alexander Krushelnyski (Jr., F, Bloomfield Hills, MI); Eamonn McDermott (Jr., D, Shaker Heights, OH).
University of Denver
Larkin Jacobson (So., F, Sioux City, IA); Scott Mayfield (So., D, St. Louis, MO); Shawn Ostrow*** (Sr., F, Calgary, AB); Paul Phillips*** (Sr., D, Darien, IL).
Michigan Technological University
Kevin Genoe*** (Sr., G, Qualicum Beach, BC); Tanner Kero (So., F, Hancock, MI); Daniel Sova (Jr., D, Cottage Grove, MN); Brad Stebner* (Jr., D, Fort McMurray, AB).
University of Minnesota
Bethany Brausen* (Jr., F, Little Canada, MN); Zach Budish* (Jr., F, Edina, MN); Nate Condon* (Jr., F, Wausau, WI); Noora Räty (Sr., G, Espoo, Finland); Kyle Rau (So., F, Eden Prairie, MN); Michael Shibrowski (Jr., G, Andover, MN); Kelly Terry (Jr., F, Whitby, ON).
University of Minnesota Duluth
Audrey Cournoyer*** (Sr., F, Montreal, QC); Aaron Crandall*** (Jr., G, Lakeville, MN); Justin Crandall (So., F, Lakeville, MN); Adam Krause (So., F, Hermantown, MN); Luke McManus* (So., D, Apple Valley, MN); Tim Smith (Jr., D, Superior, WI); Vanessa Thibault*** (Sr., F, Lachine, QC).
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Emilia Andersson* (Sr., D, Stockholm, Sweden); Lauren Barnes (Jr., F, Burnsville, MN); Tyler Elbrecht*** (Sr., D, Edwardsville, IL); Chase Grant (So., F, Oklahoma City, OK); Evan Karambelas* (Jr., G, Fort St. John, BC); Melissa Klippenstein* (Jr., F, Neubergthal, MB); Mat Knoll (So., D, Edmonton, AB); Erin Krichiver (So., G, Chicago, IL); Erika Magnusson*** (Sr., D, Fergus Falls, MN); Shelby Moteyunas (So., D, Cicero, NY); Kathleen Rogan* (Jr., F, Vancouver, BC); Kelsie Scott (Jr., F, Souris, MB); Lauren Smith*** (Sr., F, Burnsville, MN); Charlie Thauwald (So., F, Rochester, MN).
University of Nebraska Omaha
Bryce Aneloski* (Sr., D, Pekin, IL); John Faulkner (Sr., G, Sarnia, ON); Ryan Massa (So., G, Littleton, CO); Jaycob Megna (So., D, Northbrook, IL); Brock Montpetit (Jr., F, Somerset, WI); Brian O’Rourke (So., D, St. Louis, MO); Zahn Raubenheimer* (Jr., F, Smoky Lake, AB); Andrew Schmit (So., F, Grafton, WI); Johnnie Searfoss* (Jr., F, Colleyville, TX); Alex Simonson* (Jr., F, Grand Forks, ND); Andrej Sustr (Jr., D, Plzen, Czech Republic); Ryan Walters (Jr., F, Rosemount, MN).
University of North Dakota
Shelby Amsley-Benzie (Fr., G, Warroad, MN); Andrea Dalen (So., F, Honefoss, Norway); Shannon Kaiser (Fr., F, Crookston, MN); Jocelyne Lamoureux*** (Sr., F, Grand Forks, ND); Monique Lamoureux*** (Sr., F/D, Grand Forks, ND); Mary Loken*** (Sr., F, Roseau, MN); Mark MacMillan (So., F, Penticton, BC); Nick Mattson (So., D, Chanhassen, MN); Allison Parizek*** (Sr., F, Minot, ND); Michelle Bonapace-Potvin* (So., G, Royn-Noranda, QC); Dillon Simpson* (Jr., D, Edmonton, AB); Jordan Slavin*** (Sr., D, Erie, CO); Tori Williams (So., D, The Pas, MB).
Ohio State University
Becky Allis (Jr., D, West Olive, MI); Stacy Danczak (So., G, Macedonia, OH); Taylor Kuehl (So., F, Minnetrista, MN); Madison Marcotte* (Jr., D, White Bear Lake, MN); Kari Schmitt (So., D, Canton, MI); Sara Schmitt (So., D, Canton, MI); Paige Semenza (Sr., F, Pittston, PA); Kayla Sullivan (So., F, Flower Mound, TX); Kim Theut (Sr., F, Harrison Township, MI); Minttu Tuominen* (Sr., F, Espoo, Finland).
St. Cloud State University
Brooks Bertsch (So., F, Dubuque, IA); Sydney Burghardt* (Jr., F, Medicine Hat, AB); Callie Dahl*** (Sr., F, Stillwater, MN); Anna Donlan**** (Sr., G, Hillsboro, WI); Nic Dowd* (Jr., F, Huntsville, AL); Ryan Faragher (So., G, Fort Frances, ON); Julie Friend (So., G, Minnetonka, MN); Julia Gilbert* (Jr., F, Hermantown, MN); Kevin Gravel* (Jr., D, Kingsford, MI); Joey Holka (So., F, Phoenix, AZ); Nick Jensen* (Jr., D, Rogers, MN); Drew LeBlanc**** (Sr., F, Hermantown, MN); Amanda Monkman* (Jr., D, Roseau, MN); David Morley (Fr., F, Richmond Hills, ON); Nick Oliver (So., F, Roseau, MN); Amy Olson* (So., F, Roseau, MN); Joe Phillippi (So., G, Shoreview, MN).
University of Wisconsin
Natalie Berg* (Jr., D, Minnetonka, MN); Katy Josephs (So., F, Calgary, AB).

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