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Ryan, Cheverie, Kessel voted PWHL Coach of the Year finalists

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Toronto's Troy Ryan, Montreal's Kori Cheverie, and Boston's Courtney Kessel are the three finalists for the PWHL Coach of the Year award, the league announced Wednesday.

Ryan, 52, led Toronto to a league-best 17-7-0 record with 47 points. After a poor start to the campaign, Toronto fired off an 11-game win streak to rocket to first place. Toronto scored the most goals (69), allowed the fewest (50), and had the best penalty kill (91.8%) in the league.

Cheverie, 36, guided Montreal to second place in the regular season with a 13-6-5 record and 41 points. Montreal dealt with notable injuries throughout the campaign but managed to still claim home ice in the postseason.

Kessel, 34, steered Boston to a 12-9-3 record and 35 points, the third-best mark in the league. Boston surged upon returning from the international break. It went 4-0-1 to end the campaign, clinching a playoff spot in its final game.

Boston swept Montreal in three games Tuesday. Each contest went to overtime, including a triple OT thriller in Game 2.

Toronto will look to advance to the Walter Cup Final against Boston with a win Wednesday against Minnesota.

The PWHL's 18-member selection committee voted for the awards. Winners will be announced in June.

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