Women’s hockey signs six recruits

by John Hageman

The Minnesota women’s hockey team has signed six National Letters of Intent, according to wcha.com

Minnesota head coach Brad Frost will welcome Bethany Brausen, Sarah Davis, Baylee Gillanders, Amanda Kessel, Kelly Terry, and Elizabeth Turgeon to the Gophers roster in 2010.

Brausen, a senior at Roseville High School, was named the Pioneer Press girls hockey player of the year in her junior year. She led Roseville to its fourth conference championship while scoring 28 goals and 27 assists in her junior year.

Davis and Gillanders are both members of the Canadian Under-18 team and Warner Hockey School. Davis has already scored 32 goals and 16 assists in 27 games this year for the Warriors. Gillanders, the lone defenseman signed, has scored six goals and eight assists in her first year with Warner. Gillanders’ sister, Kali, is a sophomore on the Clarkson women’s hockey team.

Kessel, a native of Madison, Wisc., was named the 2009 Under-18 tournament’s most valuable foward. She scored six goals and 13 assists to lead Team USA to a gold medal. Already this season, Kessel has tallied 57 points in 20 games played with Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, MN. She scored 102 points in 56 games in 2007 en route to a Under-19 national championship.

Terry helped the Ontario Red to a Under-18 National Championship for the second straight year Monday, the sixth straight for Ontario Red. A native of Whitby, Ontario, Terry scored 23 goals and 19 assists in 2008-09 for the Whitby Wolves. Her father, William, played five games with the Minnesota North Stars in 1987-88.

Turgeon scored 47 goals and 32 assists in 54 games last year for the Colorado Selects. She was also a part of the 2008 U.S. Under-18 team that went on to win a gold medal.

These players will look to help fill the hole left behind by captains Brittany Francis and Michelle Maunu, along with fellow seniors Alexandra Zebro, Jaimie Horton, and Kelli Blankenship in the 2010 season.