ILLINOIS/MISSOURI – Fourteen Division-1 Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association players have been invited to attend the Team USA World University Games Training Camp that takes place Dec. 28-30. With the help of this camp, the final roster for the WUG will be determined from the total 27 players invited to the training camp. The 2017 WUG will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The CCWHA has the most invitees to the camp from each of the leagues within the ACHA. The ECWHL is sending three players, the WWCHL has nine players invited, while a single Division-2 player from College Hockey East will also be attending.
Five different CCWHA teams are represented, Miami University, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Adrian College, and Davenport University.
The Redhawks will be represented by juniors Nicole Matthews (D) and Alyssa Visalli (F), and seniors Rachael Booth (F) and Katie Augustine (F). All three have played in all 16 games for Miami with Booth leading in points with 20 (13g, 7a) while Augustine (12g, 14a) and Matthews (5g, 11a) each have 16 total points and Visalli has recorded seven points (4g, 3a).
Michigan State will be sending three players, senior goaltender Hannah Johnson, sophomore defenseman Kelsey Jaeckle, and freshman forward Maddie Wolsmann. Johnson currently sits at 3-4-0 with 2.43 GAA with a .919 save percentage. Wolsmann leads the Spartans in points with 17 (13g, 4a), while Jaeckle has tallied five points (2g, 3a) in 11 games this season.
The Lakers have three invitees in senior Kendra Myers (F), and juniors Lauren Allen (G) and Bree Tasker (D). Myers leads Grand Valley with 21 points (10g, 11a) with Tasker grabbing four points (1g, 3a) in the 17 games played in 2016. Allen is 5-3-1 currently with a 1.82 GAA and a .941 save percentage.
The Bulldogs of Adrian will have three players at the training camp, freshman Brittany Levasseur (F), junior Sabrena Camp (D), and grad student Jessie Rushing (F). Levassuer has tallied 15 points (10g, 5a) in her first season at Adrian after 14 games, Rushing has registered nine points (2g, 7a) while Camp has put up three assists in 14 games played.
Davenport’s single invitee, senior Lexie Boydston, has recorded 12 total points (7g, 5a) for the Panthers. Boydston has played in all 17 games in 2016.
Among the 14 skaters, an accumulative 131 total points (75g, 73a) have been tallied in the first half of the 2016-17 season. The two goaltenders have a combined 8-7-1 record.
Booth, Augustine, and Myers were all members of Team USA at the 2015 World University Games.
The training camp for Team USA will consist of one practice day (Dec. 28) before taking on two exhibition games against the Chicago Mission 19U at 4:30 on Dec. 29, and NCAA Division-1 Lindenwood University on Dec. 30 at 7:30 pm.
Author: Mackenzie Smith, Communications Manager
Graphic: Maria Barlow