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Badgers goalie Kristen Campbell leads Division I players in all major goaltending statistics.

DAVID STLUKA, UW Athletic Communications

In her first season with the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team, goaltender Kristen Campbell is one of 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award.

Campbell, who leads the Division I women's hockey in all goaltending statistical categories, is the 15th UW player to be named a finalist for the award honoring the nation's top player.

It's also the third season that a Badgers goaltender has been honored with a finalist spot. Ann-Renee Desbiens was one of the top three vote-getters in 2016 and won the award in 2017.

Four other Badgers players have won the award: Sara Bauer in 2006, Jessie Vetter in 2009, Meghan Duggan in 2011 and Brianna Decker in 2012.

Campbell transferred to UW after North Dakota folded its women's hockey program after last season, and the redshirt sophomore has continued the Badgers' tradition of top-level goaltending.

She leads Division I goalies in record (29-3-2), save percentage (.942), goals-against average (1.15) and shutouts (11).

Only one other player from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association was named a finalist: Minnesota defenseman Sydney Baldwin.

The other finalists selected by coaches are Boston University forward Victoria Bach, Clarkson forward Loren Gabel, Clarkson defenseman Savannah Harmon, Robert Morris forward Brittany Howard, Boston College forward Caitrin Lonergan, Boston College defenseman Toni Ann Miano, Clarkson goalie Shea Tiley and Boston College forward Daryl Watts.

A 13-member selection committee will vote on the award, and the top three vote-getters will be announced on March 1.

The award will be presented at the Frozen Four in Minneapolis on March 17.


Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.