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February 24, 2012

2011-12 OUA women's hockey major awards and all-stars announced

Source: OUA Communications

HAMILTON, Ont. – Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is pleased to announce this year’s women’s hockey all-stars and major award winner recipients.

Nine different hockey institutions have players represented on the 2011-2012 all-stars and awards list, demonstrating the growth and competition around the league.
 
Morgan McHaffie of the Queen’s Gaels is this year’s OUA women’s hockey Player of the Year. The centre from Guelph, Ont. led the league scoring race from nearly start to finish this season and ended the year with 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points. Those 38 points also ranked her fourth in the nation. McHaffie is the first Gael to earn Player of the Year status since the 2003-04 season and led Queen’s to a national ranking in 13 of the 14 weeks this season. The third-year player has also been named a First-Team All-Star.
 
The Waterloo Warriors had a turn around season in 2011-2012 and have been rewarded with two major awards. Goaltender Rebecca Bouwhuis (Orillia, Ont.) is this year’s Rookie of the Year. The first-year netminder logged the second most minutes among OUA goalies, finished second in saves with 584, tied for third with nine wins, third with a 1.95 goals against average, and second with a 0.933 save percentage. Bouwhuis, the first Warrior ever to earn Rookie of the Year, has also been named a First-Team All-Star and to the OUA All-Rookie team.
 
In his first year as head coach, Warriors bench boss Shaun Reagan takes home Coach of the Year honours. With just four wins and finishing out of the playoff picture by 20 points a year ago, Reagan entered the season with a new plan and was able to get his players to buy into a new system and right the ship. The Warriors won ten games this season and finished tied for the final playoff spot, but came out on the losing end of the tiebreaker. The future looks bright with Reagan behind the bench in Waterloo.
 
This year’s Marion Hillard Award nominee is UOIT’s Jill Morillo (Whitby, Ont.). The award is given to a student-athlete for outstanding achievement in hockey, academics, and community involvement. Morillo finished the season third in league scoring with 32 points and set several program records along the way. The third-year nuclear engineering student has been an honour roll student for the past two years and was named a CIS Academic All-Canadian last year. The Ridgebacks’ captain also stays active in the community, appearing at fundraisers and elementary school visits while also volunteering with local hockey associations at skills clinics and practices. Morillo has also been named a First-Team All-Star.
 
Joining Morillo and McHaffie on the First-Team All-Star squad at forward is Laura Brooker (Fergus, Ont.) of the Laurier Golden Hawks. Coming off an impressive rookie season that garnered her the rookie of the year award, Brooker finished tied for fourth in league scoring with 30 points and tied for second with 17 goals this year. The gifted goal scorer led the league with six game winning goals to help Laurier post a 25-0-1 record and earn the top spot in the national rankings.
 
Rounding out the First-Team All-Star team are defencemen Jackie Sollis (West Vancouver, B.C.) of the Guelph Gryphons and Alicia Martin (Etobicoke, Ont.) of the Golden Hawks. Sollis led all defencemen in scoring this year with 23 points to earn her first appearance on the First-Team after being a Second-Team All-Star for the past two seasons. Fifth-year Alicia Martin is a shut down defender but had a career year with 16 assists and 17 total points and earns her second consecutive First-Team All-Star honour.
 
The Guelph Gryphons have two players on this year’s Second-Team All-Star squad including forward Erin Small (Pickering, Ont.) and goaltender Stephanie Nehring (Oshawa, Ont.). Small, a fifth-year senior, finished second in league scoring with 34 points and earns her first all-star nod. Rookie goaltender Nehring was one of only two goalies to reach double digits in wins with 14 and finished second with a 1.89 goals against average.
 
Brock’s Jessica Fickel (Fort Erie, Ont.) and Windsor’s Courtney Spoors (Kingsville, Ont.) round out the forwards on this year’s Second-Team. Fickel finished tied for fourth with 30 points and topped the leader board with three short handed goals on the year. In her sophomore season Spoors notched 28 points and held the longest goal scoring streak on the year at five games, and tied for the longest point streak after registering a point in 12 straight contests.
 
Making their first appearances on an all-star team are defencemen Katie Duncan (Kitchener, Ont.) of Queen’s and Kristen Barbara (Mount Hope, Ont.) from York who round out the Second-Team All-Stars. These two all-stars finished tied for fourth among OUA defencemen with 15 points. Duncan led all blueliners with six goals on the season while Barbara was also named to the OUA All-Rookie team.
 
Two Western Mustangs rookies were rewarded for their breakout seasons by being named to the OUA All-Rookie team. Stacey Scott (London, Ont.) led all first year players with 27 points which put her eighth in overall scoring. Teammate Katelyn Gosling (London, Ont.) finished second among rookie defencemen with 13 points, good for sixth amongst all OUA blueliners.
 
Also selected to the OUA All-Rookie team is Jessica Pinkerton (Oshawa, Ont.) who notched 14 goals in her debut season, tops among all rookies, and finished second with 26 points. Her nine power play goals led the league and helped the Gryphons finish second in the standings. Rounding out the All-Rookie team is Queen’s Taryn Pilon (Peterborough, Ont.). The first-year winger dressed in every game this season and showed both discipline and skill, recording 21 points and taking only one penalty.
 
2011-2012 OUA WOMEN’S HOCKEY MAJOR AWARD WINNERS
 
Player of the Year: Morgan McHaffie – Queen’s
Rookie of the Year: Rebecca Bouwhuis – Waterloo
Marion Hillard Award Nominee: Jill Morillo – UOIT
Coach of the Year: Shaun Reagan – Waterloo
 
2011-2012 OUA WOMEN’S HOCKEY ALL-STARS
 
First-Team
 
Forwards
Jill Morillo – UOIT
Morgan McHaffie – Queen’s
Laura Brooker – Laurier
 
Defencemen
Jackie Sollis – Guelph
Alicia Martin – Laurier
 
Goaltender
Rebecca Bouwhuis – Waterloo
 
Second-Team
 
Forwards
Erin Small – Guelph
Jessica Fickel – Brock
Courtney Spoors – Windsor
 
Defencemen
Katie Duncan – Queen’s
Kristen Barbara – York
 
Goaltender
Stephanie Nehring – Guelph
 
All-Rookie Team
 
Forwards
Stacey Scott – Western
Jessica Pinkerton – Guelph
Taryn Pilon – Queen’s
 
Defencemen
Kristen Barbara – York
Katelyn Gosling – Western
 
Goaltender
Rebecca Bouwhuis – Waterloo

-OUA-

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