Bestland Named ACHA/ CCM All-America at NCAA Banquet

Courtesy Mercyhurst Athletic Communications

HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Christine Bestland of the Mercyhurst University women's hockey team was named on the AHCA / CCM Second Team All-America Team announced Thursday evening at the NCAA Championship Banquet in Hamden, Conn. This is Bestland's first All-America honor in her career.

Bestland, a native of Brunkild, Manitoba, leads the team this season with 54 points on 22 goals and 32 assists. Of the 22 goals, Bestland has scored five game-winners, five power-play goals and a nation leader in her career-high 5 shorthanded goals this season. On the defensive end, Bestland has blocked 26 shots thus far and has collected a +38 plus/minus rating.

In the nation, Bestland ranks fourth overall in points per game after posting a 1.50 average in the 36 games played. She also ranks fourth in assists per game 0.89 and is tenth in goals per game (0.61). With all of these accomplishments throughout the regular season, Bestland is now in the hunt for an NCAA championship stating earlier today, "It's every girls dream to win an NCAA championship."

In her career, Bestland has tallied 226 points in 142 games played which ranks her second all-time in the programs all-time career list. She also took the lead in second all-time in goals with 92 and in points per game averaging 1.59 points per game. The senior has also tallied 134 assists which ranks third all-time.

Bestland and the rest of the Mercyhurst University Lakers will compete in the programs fourth Frozen Four appearance against Clarkson University on Friday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. The winner of the contest will face the winner of Minnesota/Wisconsin taking place at 5:00 p.m. All games will take place at the TD Bank Sports Complex in Hamden, Conn.