The second time was a charm for Canadian goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens of the Wisconsin Badgers.
The La Malbaie, Que. native, who was a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in NCAA Division 1 women's hockey last season, was named winner of the prestigious award on March 18 during the women's Frozen Four in St. Charles, Missouri.
She lost out to senior forward Kendall Coyne of the Northeastern Huskies in 2016.
This season, Desbiens was in the final trio with Clarkson Golden Knights forward Cayley Mercer from Exeter, Ont. and Lucerne, Switzerland native Lara Stalder of the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.
Desbiens, 23, dominated her final season of university hockey, leading the nation in save percentage with .963, goals against average at 0.69, wins with 25 and shutouts with 15. She held opponents to one goal or less in 24 of 30 games in 2016-17.
Only two other goaltenders have captured the award, Jessie Vetter of the Badgers in 2009 and Ali Brewer of the Brown Bears in 2000.
Mercer led the Knights in scoring this past season with 55 points. Her 25 goals led the NCAA and she placed third overall in points. The 23-year-old is the second all-time leading scorer at Clarkson. In 155 games, she has tallied 77 goals and added 94 assists for 171 points.
Desbiens and Mercer both played prominent roles in the Frozen Four final as Mercer tallied twice against Desbiens as the Knights claimed the national crown with a 3-0 victory over the Badgers.
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