2011–12 Western Collegiate Hockey Association women's ice hockey season

The 2011–12 WCHA women's ice hockey season marked the continuation of the annual tradition of competitive ice hockey among Western Collegiate Hockey Association members.

2011–12 Western Collegiate Hockey Association women's ice hockey season
LeagueNCAA Division I
SportIce hockey
DurationSeptember 2011 - March, 2012
Number of teams8
Regular season
Reg. season champsWisconsin Badgers
TournamentMinnesota Golden Gophers
Top scorerJocelyne Lamoureux


DateNCAA schoolCIS schoolScoreNCAA goal scorers
Sept. 23North DakotaManitobaND, 11-0[1]Sara Dagenais, Mary Loken, Alyssa Wiebe (2), Monique Weber, Jocelyne Lamoureux (2), Andrea Dalen, Allison Parizek, Monique Weber, Ashley Holmes
Sept. 23Ohio StateWilfrid LaurierOhio State, 3-1[2]Kayla Sullivan, Danielle Gagne, Melissa Feste
Sept. 24North DakoktaManitobaND, 10-0[3]Alyssa Wiebe, Jocelyne Lamoureux (2), Josefine Jacobsen (3), Monique Lamoureux, Monique Weber, Andrea Dalen, Michelle Karvinen
  • September 24: Freshman Josefine Jakobsen recorded a hat-trick as the Fighting Sioux defeated the Manitoba Bisons women's ice hockey program by a 10-0 tally. Of note, the European freshmen that combined for 11 points in the game.[3] Michelle Karvinen had four points, while Andrea Dalen had three points.

Regular season

News and notes


  • September 24: Karley Sylvester was the first Wisconsin Badgers freshman of the campaign to net a goal.[4]
  • On September 25, 2011, Hilary Knight scored her fifth career hat trick in a 13-0 defeat of the Lindenwood Lions.[5] In addition, Briana Decker scored her third career hat trick. The 13 goals scored by the Badgers were tied for third most in the NCAA women's ice hockey all-time list for most goals scored in a game by a team.[6]


  • October 14: Laura McIntosh notched her first goal of the season to give the Ohio State Buckeyes a 2-1 lead. Said goal would stand as the game-winner. In addition, she picked up an assist on a Hokey Langan goal. The assist made McIntosh Ohio State’s all-time leader in career points against WCHA opponents. She surpassed Jana Harrigan’s 110 league points set in 2006.[7]
  • October 15–16: Michelle Karvinen produced five points, and earned a +5 plus/minus rating as the Fighting Sioux swept the Vermont Catamounts. In a 9-1 win on October 15, 2011, Karvinen scored two goals and set up another for a three-point performance. She assisted on Jocelyne Lamoureux’s game-winning goal at 2:58 of the first period. The following day, she accumulated two more assists in a 4-1 win. For the second consecutive game, she assisted on the game-winning goal, as Monique Lamoureux scored at 15:11 of the second period.[7]
  • October 21: In its WCHA home opener, the top line of the Fighting Sioux combined for thirteen points as they bested the Ohio State Buckeyes by an 11-1 margin.[8] Monique Lamoureux-Kolls tied a North Dakota record with a 5-point game. In the contest, 13 different Sioux skaters registered at least one point. Michelle Karvinen scored a hat trick and logged one assist for four points. In addition, Josefine Jakobsen and Jocelyne Lamoureux each had 4-point games. Several program records were broken in the game including: most goals scored in a game (11), largest margin of victory (10), and largest margin of victory over a conference opponent (10).


  • Nov. 18-19: Carolyne Prevost became the 17th player in program history to record 100 career points. In a victory over RPI, she netted the first goal of the game for Wisconsin. She would also record an assist in the match. The following day, Prevost recorded six points in the finale against RPI. It was a team-high for any Wisconsin skater this season.[9] She scored two goals, including the game winner, and helped on four other goals to establish a new career high for most points in one game.
  • November 18: Minnesota skater Amanda Kessel registered 5 points (including four goals[10])as the Golden Gophers defeated the New Hampshire Wildcats by an 11-0 tally. New Hampshire starting goalie Jenn Gilligan made 27 saves but allowed eight goals in two periods. She was replaced by Moe Bradley in the third period. Bradley stopped 11 of 14 shots as the Wildcats suffered their worst loss in the 35-year history of the program.[11]
  • November 19: Amanda Kessel earned her second hat trick of the series as the Gophers defeated New Hampshire by a 6-1 tally. Senior Jen Schoullis factored on every goal, as she tied the Gophers record for assists in a game with five. With three points in the first period, Schoullis also set a career record for points in a period.[12]
  • November 25: In Wisconsin's fifth shutout of the season, Brianna Decker and Hilary Knight netted two goals apiece in a 5-0 victory over St. Cloud State. Brianna Decker extended her point scoring streak to 26 games, a program record,[13] while Alex Rigsby earned her 10th career shutout.
  • November 25: Natalie Spooner scored four goals for the third time in her NCAA career, including a natural hat trick as the Buckeyes enjoyed a home-ice conference victory over Minnesota Duluth.[14] She scored all four goals as the final score was 4-1 in the Buckeyes favor. It was the second time in the 2011-12 campaign that she scored four goals in a game. The natural hat trick (three consecutive goals) was scored in the second period as the Buckeyes faced a 1-0 deficit against the Bulldogs. The eventual game-winner was scored at 10:56 of the second period. The hat trick was the fifth of her collegiate career. The four goal performance moved Spooner to fourth overall on the Buckeye career points list with 129. Spooner is now four goals away from tying Jeni Creary’s Ohio State record of 86 career goals.
  • November 25–26: Erika Wheelhouse logged four points in a two-game conference series split with nationally ranked North Dakota. She scored one goal and notched an assist on November 25. The game was called The Wheelhouse Homecoming as it was being played in her hometown of Crookston, Minnesota. She assisted on her sister Marlee’s second period power-play goal to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead. Later in the game, she would score to tie the game at 2 apiece. Despite eventually losing by a 5-2 mark, the two power play goals for the Beavers were their 22nd and 23rd this season, which leads the NCAA. The November 26 match was contested at the Sanford Center in Bemidji and Wheelhouse assisted on two first period goals. The Beavers would hold on for a 3-2 victory. With the four point performance in the series, Wheelhouse is tied for the scoring lead among WCHA defenders with 19 points.[14]


  • December 10: In a WCHA contest versus Bemidji State, Hilary Knight produced four points,[15] giving her a career total of 239. She has now surpassed Meghan Duggan’s 238 career points, to become the Wisconsin Badgers all-time leading point scorer. For her efforts, Knight was recognized as the WCHA Player of the Week.[16]*


  • January 27: Three Buckeyes reached milestones in a 6-2 upset of North Dakota. Laura McIntosh finished the game with three assists. Natalie Spooner totaled two goals and Hokey Langan finished with two assists. McIntosh’s three helpers moved her into a tie for the all-time lead on Ohio State’s all-time career points list. Her 160 career points are now tied with former Buckeye Jana Harrigan. The two goals by Spooner were both on the power-play (increasing her season total to seven). With the goals, Spooner reached the 150 career point plateau, moving her into third all-time in Ohio State history. The two assists from Langan helped her reached the 100-point milestone, only the eighth Buckeyes player to reach the mark.[17]
  • January 27–28: Wisconsin posted a two-game sweep of Bemidji State. In the first game, Madison Packer scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Badgers prevailed by a 3-2 score. The following day, Hilary Knight notched her first goal since Dec. 10 with 7:38 left in the third period. Said goal would stand as the game winner on Fill the Bowl nights. A record crowd of 12,402 attended the Kohl Center. Alex Rigby made 28 saves to obtain her sixth shutout of the campaign. Her rival between the pipes, Bemidji State netminder Zuzana Tomcikova made 32 saves. Wisconsin is the only team to sweep the season series from the Beavers during the 2011-12 season. The previous record for most fans to watch a women's college hockey game at the Kohl Center was 10,668. That record was set at the Kohl Center on Jan. 29, 2011.[17]


  • February 18: In a 7-1 victory over MSU-Mankato, Haley Irwin netted the 200th point of her NCAA career.[18] She became the sixth-ever Bulldog to score 200 career points as she registered a power play goal in the first period.[19]


Conference Overall
#1 Wisconsin 28233217211344 37314217053
#2 Minnesota 28215216611343 37305216750
#6 North Dakota 28169325311675 362211315489
#9 Minnesota-Duluth 28151211479161 362113112177
Ohio State 28131411417596 361616499115
Bemidji State 28111520357073 371717310185
Minnesota State 28324101037105 36728164133
St. Cloud State 28424001232150 36529237130
Championship: Minnesota
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
National rankings: Conference rankings:
Updated March 23, 2012

In-season honors

Players of the week

Week Player of the week
October 4 Kathleen Rogan, MSU[20]
October 11 Natalie Spooner, Ohio State
Amanda Kessel, Minnesota[21]
October 18 Laura MacIntosh, Ohio State[22]
October 25 Monique Lamoureux, North Dakota[23]
November 1 Katherine Wilson, Minnesota-Duluth[24]
November 8 Jocelyne Lamoureux, North Dakota[25]
November 15 Not awarded
November 22 Amanda Kessel (Minnesota)
Carolyne Prevost, Wisconsin[26]
November 29 Natalie Spooner, Ohio State[14]
December 6 Haley Irwin, Minnesota-Duluth
December 13 Hilary Knight, Wisconsin
January 16 Carolyne Prevost, Wisconsin[27]
January 23 Jocelyne Lamoureux, North Dakota[28]
January 30 Emily West, Minnesota[29]
February 6 Amanda Kessel, Minnesota[30]
February 13 Hilary Knight, Wisconsin[31]
February 20 Brooke Ammerman, Wisconsin
Haley Irwin, Minnesota-Duluth[32]
February 27

Defensive players of the week

Week Player of the week
October 4 Zuzana Tomcikova, Bemidji State
October 11 Erika Wheelhouse, Bemidji State
October 18 Alex Rigbsy, Wisconsin
October 25 Alex Rigsby, Wisconsin
November 1 Lisa Steffes, Ohio State
November 8 Noora Raty, Minnesota
November 15 Not awarded
November 22 Candice Molle, North Dakota
November 29 Erika Wheelhouse, Bemidji State
December 6 Megan Bozek, Minnesota
December 13 Alli Altmann, Minnesota State
January 16 Julie Friend, St. Cloud State
January 23 Jorid Dagfinrud, North Dakota
January 30 Alex Rigsby, Wisconsin
February 6 Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, North Dakota
February 13 Anne Schleper, Minnesota
Zuzana Tomcikova, Bemidji State
February 20 Montana Vichorek, Bemidji State
February 27

Rookies of the week

Week Player of the week
October 4 Blayre Turnbull, Wisconsin
October 11 Meghan Lorence, Minnesota
October 18 Michelle Karvinen, North Dakota
October 25 Michelle Karvinen, North Dakota
November 1 Rachael Kelly, Bemidji State
November 8 Michelle Karvinen, North Dakota
November 15 Not awarded
November 22 Taylor Kuehl, Ohio State
November 29 Katy Josephs, Wisconsin
December 6 Jenna McParland, Minnesota-Duluth
December 13 Julie Friend, St. Cloud State
January 16 Jenna McParland, Minnesota-Duluth
January 23 Rachael Bona, Minnesota
January 30 Josefine Jakobsen, North Dakota
February 6 Michelle Karvinen, North Dakota
February 13 Rachel Ramsey, Minnesota
February 20 Josefine Jakobsen, North Dakota
February 27

WCHA playoffs

Awards and honors

All-America honors

  • Megan Bozek, 2011-12 CCM Hockey Women’s Division I All-American: First Team[33]
  • Brianna Decker, 2011-12 CCM Hockey Women’s Division I All-American: First Team
  • Jocelyne Lamoureux, 2011-12 CCM Hockey Women’s Division I All-American: First Team
  • Zuzana Tomcikova, 2011-12 CCM Hockey Women’s Division I All-American: Second Team
  • Monique Lamoureux, 2011-12 CCM Hockey Women’s Division I All-American: Second Team
  • Amanda Kessel, 2011-12 CCM Hockey Women’s Division I All-American: Second Team
  • Hilary Knight, 2011-12 CCM Hockey Women’s Division I All-American: Second Team
  • Natalie Spooner, 2011-12 CCM Hockey Women’s Division I All-American: Second Team[33]


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See also

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