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Darby Kern


Senior - Forward
Venetia, PA
Penn State (NCAA)

2015-16 Alternate Captain

January 2015 ACHA/Harrow Player of the Month
2014-15 ECWHL First Team All-Conference
2014-15 ACHA First Team All-American
2014-15 Maurice H. Stroemel Lady Ice Lions Most Valuable Player
2015-16 ECWHL Second Team All-Conference
2015-16 ACHA Second Team All-American
2015-16 Maurice H. Stroemel Lady Ice Lions Most Valuable Player

2014-15 Pointstreak statistics page
2015-16 Pointstreak statistics page

2015-16: Kern's closing act as a Penn Stater largely duplicated her success as a junior and left her with a staggeringly tight grip on the Lady Ice Lions' record books. Her 34-27-61 goals-assists-points line from 2014-15 stands as three single-season team records by wide margins, while adding in her 25-21-46 campaign in 2015-16 results in three more records: 59 career goals, 48 career assists and 107 career points. Her senior points total ranked sixth in ACHA Division 1 and included four games with at least four points (bringing her career total to 12 such outings). Kern tied a career best with four goals in a win over Northeastern on November 8, 2015 and had two other hat tricks for the year, including in a February 6, 2016 meeting with Rhode Island that helped produced her 100th career point versus URI the next day. She received ACHA Second Team All-American recognition (in addition to a spot on the All-ECWHL second team), becoming the second Penn Stater ever to take a first or second team spot at the ACHA Division 1 level in two different seasons, following Katie King's second-team listings in both 2001-02 and 2002-03.

2014-15: It's impossible to overstate the sort of season Kern had in becoming Penn State's second-ever ACHA First Team All-American at the Division 1 level, following Lady Icers alumna Andrea Lavelle in 2001-02. Although she missed out on the Zoe M. Harris Award that Lavelle also won that year (she was a finalist), it wasn't for a lack of credentials. Kern's regular season (55) and overall (61) point totals both topped D1 despite playing in fewer games than anyone less than 24 points behind her, and her goal total in both categories was bested only by Liberty's Carrie Jickling (by one, in each case). At the ACHA National Tournament, the big winger was the only player to average two points per game, and tied for third in overall scoring despite the Lady Ice Lions' elimination in the group stage. Kern had eight games of four points or better during the season, including four straight from January 30 through February 20, 2015 - a streak that saw an incredible 14 goals and five assists against Navy and Northeastern. She performed against teams of all talent levels though, including 15 points in ten games against teams qualifying for nationals.

2013-14: Kern was rostered with Penn State's NCAA team, but did not appear in any games. She was tabbed for the College Hockey America All-Academic team, thanks to her maintaining a 3.0 grade point average through the season.

2012-13: As a freshman on PSU's first NCAA women's team, Kern demonstrated loads of potential, appearing in 18 of the Nittany Lions' final 21 games. She collected her sole point, an assist, in a rout of Chatham on January 4, 2013 while blocking 14 shots and firing nine on goal over the course of the season. Kern was honored as part of CHA All-Academic team for the first of two consecutive years.

Career Statistics (2012-13 and 2013-14 with Penn State's NCAA team):
Season GP G A Pts. PIM PP SH GW
2012-13
18
0
1
1
4
0
0
0
2013-14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2014-15
25
34
27
61
10
0
1
3
2015-16
27
25
21
46
10
4
0
1
ACHA Career
52
59
48
107
20
4
1
4
NCAA Career
18
0
1
1
4
0
0
0