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Northeastern women’s hockey freshman named top-10 finalist for nation’s best player award

Photo: Alina Mueller, center, leads the Huskies with 43 points this season. Photo by Jim Pierce.

Alina Mueller, a freshman forward on the Northeastern women’s hockey team, was named a top-10 finalist on Thursday for this year’s Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which is presented annually by the USA Hockey Foundation to the top player in NCAA Division 1 women’s hockey.

Alina Mueller fights for a loose puck. Photo by Jim Pierce.

Mueller leads the Huskies, which are ranked No. 3 in the country, with 43 points this season. She is first in goals (16), game-winning goals (5), and assists (27) among all freshmen in the Hockey East conference. She also tallied a point in 22 consecutive games from Oct. 6 to Jan. 19, which marks the longest scoring streak in the nation this season.

Mueller is one of only two freshmen among the top-10 finalists this year. A selection committee will narrow the field to three finalists, and the winner will be announced on March 23.

Mueller is the eighth player, and the first freshman, in Northeastern history to be named a top-10 finalist for the award. Two Northeastern players have won the award: Kendall Coyne in 2016, and Brooke Whitney in 2002.

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