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Cara Mendelson


Senior - Forward/Defense
Pittsburgh, PA
Penn State (NCAA)

2014-15 ECWHL All-Conference Honorable Mention
2014-15 ACHA Second Team All-Tournament

Pointstreak statistics page

2014-15: A mid-season position change from defense to right wing proved a boon for Mendelson in her return to ACHA hockey as a senior. A two-goal game (one shorthanded) at eventual national champion Liberty on December 5, 2014 triggered a run of 24 points in 15 games to close the campaign, including two goals against Massachusetts on March 5, 2015 in a 3-3 tie at the ACHA National Tournament. Other highlights for the All-ECWHL honorable mention selection with an off-the-charts hockey IQ included a career-best five points (all assists) on February 20, 2015 against Navy in the ECWHL playoffs, as well as a trio of three-point outings in the immediately-preceding games, against both the Middies and Northeastern.

2013-14: Mendelson 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 member of PSU's inaugural NCAA women's team, Mendelson appeared in a pair of contests as a forward - a 6-1 win at Sacred Heart on October 20, 2012 and a 4-0 home victory versus Division III Chatham on January 5, 2013 - and fired three shots on goal. She was an Academic All-Big Ten selection, an honor which requires student-athletes to be a letterwinner in at least their second academic year while carrying a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.

2011-12: Mendelson spent her freshman season as a key member of the final Lady Icers team, which secured the ECWHL regular season championship for the program's first crown in nine league seasons. She scored her initial collegiate goal on October 28, 2011 against California and was regularly part of a unit that showed well against top competition, including an upset of NCAA Division I Sacred Heart on January 14, 2012 and ACHA wins against perennial power Rhode Island and eventual national champion Northeastern. Despite playing eleven games against NCAA competition, Penn State only allowed 2.43 goals per outing.

Career Statistics (2012-13 and 2013-14 with Penn State's NCAA team):
Season GP G A Pts. PIM PP SH GW
2011-12
26
1
3
4
2
0
0
0
2012-13
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2013-14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2014-15
27
15
18
33
4
0
1
3
ACHA Career
53
16
21
37
6
0
1
3
NCAA Career
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0