An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey.
Chris Wells, the head women’s hockey coach at St. Lawrence University, had his assistants make one promise at the end of last season.
Don’t ever break up the Saints’ top line of Brooke Webster, Hannah Miller and Kennedy Marchment.
Wells’ dynamic top line has delivered as St. Lawrence ranks among the top teams in women’s college hockey. Webster, Miller and Marchment are also gaining individual recognition as all three St. Lawrence standouts are in consideration for the Patty Kazmaier Award, presented annually to the top player in women’s NCAA Division I hockey.
“It’s obviously a tremendous honor and I never really thought going into my four years here that would be a consideration,” Webster said. “But the main thing is I wouldn’t have as many points without Hannah and Kennedy. They’re great players and I think the three of us have helped each other get to where we’re at today.”
Webster, a senior, has played with Marchment, a junior for the previous three years. Miller, also a junior, was a center on another line before Wells put the three together during a quarterfinal-round conference tournament series against Princeton last season.
“I can easily say that throughout my career, this is hands down my favorite line I’ve ever been on,” Miller said. “Kennedy is probably one of the smartest hockey players I’ve ever played with and Brooke honestly goes into every battle and she’s coming out with the puck. I’ve never played with anyone that can finish like that. You know if you’re taking a shot at the top of the circle, and there’s a loose rebound, it’s going in the back of the net.”
That’s the case with all three players as Webster, Miller and Marchment rank among the top nine in the nation in scoring. Marchment is third with 18 goals and 52 points, while Webster is right behind in fourth with 20 goals and 51 points. Miller ranks ninth nationally with 14 goals and 44 points.
The three have been a dominant trio that ranks as one of the top scoring offenses in all of women’s college hockey, combining for 52 goals and 148 points in 32 games. It represents a 57-point jump from the previous season when the three combined for 34 goals and 91 points.
“I think it just comes from being comfortable on the ice together,” Marchment said. “We feel more confident with one another and it just comes from playing with each other. I just feel real comfortable playing on a line with them and I feel like we have good chemistry. They’re really easy to play with because they’re just really good.”
Their work ethic also stands out to Wells.
“I think one of the biggest things that has really been a driving force for them is that all three came back considerably fresher mentally, physically and more prepared to play this season and they picked up right where they left off,” Wells said. “They came back and really set the stage for the younger players. When your best players are your hardest workers, it makes a big difference.”
Webster wants to play in the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time in her career and send St. Lawrence to the dance for the eighth time and the first since 2012. The trio sensed the opportunity in the offseason.
“During the summer, we all worked really hard and we came in ready to go,” Webster said. “In past years, we might not have been in as good of shape as we would’ve liked to be and it can take a little while to get going. But we all worked really hard this summer because we knew the chance our team had this year.”
The hard work could also pay off individually for Webster, Miller or Marchment in the form of the Patty Kazmaier Award.
“It’s a huge honor whenever you’re in consideration for any award, especially one like that,” Miller said. “The first thing that comes to mind is all the great players and names that have won the award or have been in consideration before. It’s exceptional to even be mentioned in the same breath.”
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