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2019 Girls Player of the Year Candidates

By Peter Odney , 03/14/19, 3:30PM CDT


Girls from 12A to high school selected for their ability to dominate at their respective level.

Olivia King stopped 51 of 55 shots in Brainerd/Little Falls' 4-3 overtime loss to Edina in the Class 2A state championship game.

12A Candidates

Hannah Halverson, Edina Green 

It's impossible not to notice Halverson on the ice for the Hornets, with the fiery forward typically weaving through the offensive zone with the puck. Halverson is a crucial cog in the Edina Green machine, which competes at this year's 12A State Tournament in Grand Rapids. 

Cailin Mumm, Andover 

Mumm has been one of the driving forces for the Huskies this season, as the team rolled into the state tournament on a seven-game winning streak and an overall record of 37-6-2. As stable as they come on defense, Mumm's superior skating and poise under pressure offer the Huskies peace of mind with the puck in their zone. 

Josie St. Martin, Stillwater Black 

Joining Halverson and Mumm at the state tourney will be St. Martin and the Stillwater Ponies, champions of this year's Dangelfest Tournament in December. St. Martin oscillates between defense and forward for the Ponies, playing both positions exceptionally well with her mix of power and hockey sense. Her slap shot late in the third period of the Dangelfest title game won the crown for the Ponies over Andover, a play sequence that resulted in dropped jaws and rode eyes from fans and players alike. 

Hannah Halverson, Edina Green 12A.

15A Candidates

Berit Lindborg, Edina Green

Lindborg is a shifty skater that gives the Hornets yet another offensive weapon in the war chest of a group that's lost just twice this season in 40 games. While still technically playing at the youth level, Lindborg skated (and held her own) in the Girls' High School Elite League, going up against some of the top players in the country.

Grace Sadura, Minnetonka Black 

Sadura and the Skippers are the only Minnesota team that could defeat Edina Green this season, thanks in large part to the play of the game-breaking Sadura. The diminutive forward has a knack for scoring goals and has proven she can produce on the biggest stage. Skating for Minnesota Selects during the 2018 World Selects Invite, Sadura tallied three goals against some of the top players in the world for her age group.   

Grace Sadura, Minnetonka Black 15A.

High School Candidates

CC Bowlby, Edina, Sr.  

If not for the otherworldly resume of Madeline Wethington, Bowlby had serious cause to be named this year's Ms. Hockey Award winner. A three-time state champion and four-year varsity skater, Bowlby's instincts and drive are second to none. Bowlby totaled 28 goals and 57 points for this year's Hornets, tops on the team, and is committed to Dartmouth.  

Hannah Corneliusen, Warroad, Jr. 

Arguably the top uncommitted girls' hockey player in the nation, Corneliusen ranked as one of the state's overall leading scorers with 48 goals and 80 points for the Class 1A state runner-up Warroad. Corneliusen has one of the hardest shots in the state and combined with dizzying stick-handling, and a powerful stride has totaled 92 goals and 146 points in her varsity career.

Calla Frank, White Bear Lake, Sr. 

Frank won the girls' Goaltender of the Year Award in February after leading a shorthanded Bears' squad to the Class 2A State Tournament. The Minnesota State commit faced over 1,090 shots this season and stopped an incredible 1,029 of them. Her stat line of a 2.01 goals-against average, .944 save percentage, and four shutouts is impeccable, as was her 50-save shutout performance against No. 1 seed Hill-Murray in the Section 4-2A final. Internationally, Frank won a gold medal with the U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team in the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship. 

Olivia King, Brainerd/Little Falls, Sr. 

After falling in overtime to Edina in the Class 2A state championship game, King said she might have played her last hockey game ever. Looking at the performance she put on this season, a collegiate team would be hard-pressed (if not downright blind) to ignore her. In addition to her 24-5-1 record, 1.61 GAA, and .920 save percentage, King fueled the underdog Warriors' run to the state finals, where she made 51 saves on 55 shots. 

Madeline Wethington, Blake, Sr. 

The Minnesota commit has virtually defined girls' high school hockey for the past two seasons and is almost always the best player on the ice no matter the opponent. In addition to winning this year's Ms. Hockey Award, posting 21 goals and 53 points as a senior, and winning two Class 1A State Tournament championships in 2016 and 2017, Wethington's play against the rest of the world ranks among the best. The defender won three gold medals in 2016, 2017, and 2018 with the United States at successive Under-18 IIHF Women's World Championships.  

Hannah Corneliusen, Warroad.

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