The night began with a delicious meal and conversations about their past season, which ended with a record of 14-7-2. Kari Turkowski led the Stars in goals with 26 and in points with 33. Courtney Karsch led the Stars in assists with 11. Turkowski also led the team in total shots on goal with 145.
Another player from the Stars accomplished a great deal this past season: goalie Shari Vogt. She was named Senior Goalie of the Year for the state of Minnesota! "Shari is a dedicated goalie who we all trust and always have confidence in," said Karsch, who has played with Vogt for six years.
Vogt had incredible statistics this season, which have colleges asking her to play for them. Vogt saved 96 percent of the shots she faced and had seven total shutouts this past season. She gave up 29 goals in 23 games for a goals against average of 1.27.
When she was given the award, prior to the banquet, she received a gold matted goalie stick, a statue, and a Minnesota Wild jersey with her name on it. "I was a bit surprised when I found out that I had won," states Vogt.
Team awards were also given at the banquet.
Most Team Spirit: Julia Mehr;
Most Improved: Laurie Barten;
Most Valuable Players: Kari Turkowski and Shari Vogt.
Vogt and Turkowski were selected to play in an all-star series for seniors at the end of the regular season.
During the banquet, the seniors were given a video of the past season that coach Tom Petroski made and showed at the banquet. And, of course, like at every other banquet, the coaches made their final speeches. "In the second half of the season, the girls did a lot better," said Petroski.
Assistant coach Jim Caron made a speech directed towards the seniors and stated, "You all have big things coming for you in the years to come."
The girls said their good-byes until next year. Captains for the team next season will be Annie Bohlman and Marya Losinski.
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