COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Two members of the defending National Champion Gophers Women's Hockey team are among the top-ten finalists for an award recognizing the best player in college hockey.

The USA Hockey Foundation announced the finalists for the 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award on Thursday. The honor is bestowed annually upon the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey, and will be awarded as part of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four weekend hosted by Quinnipiac University.

Gophers forwards Rachel Bona of Coon Rapids and Hannah Brandt of Vadnais Heights are among the ten skaters up for the award.The others are sophomore defenseman Erin Ambrose (Keswick, Ont./Clarkson University); senior forward Brittany Ammerman (River Vale, N.J./University of Wisconsin); senior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ont./Quinnipiac University); senior forward Christine Bestland (Brunkild, Man./Mercyhurst University); sophomore forward Sarah Lefort (Ormstown, Que./Boston University); sophomore goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta./Harvard University); senior forward Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont./Clarkson University) and junior forward Jillian Saulnier (Halifax, N.S./Cornell University).

Three finalists will be chosen by a 13-person selection committee made up of NCAA Division I women's ice hockey coaches, representatives of print and broadcast media, an at-large member and a representative of USA Hockey, the national governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. The top-3 finalists will be announced on Thurs., March 6.

Brandt was also a top-ten finalist in 2013.

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