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Six Lady Ice Lions Receive 2014-15 All-ECWHL Recognition

Devon Fisk (left) and Darby Kern (right) were among PSU's All-ECWHL selections



Six Lady Ice Lions have been named to the 2014-15 All-ECWHL teams, as determined by a vote of the league's head coaches.

Junior forward Darby Kern leads the group as Penn State's sole first-teamer. The January Harrow/ACHA Player of the Month had a staggering 18 goals and 10 assists in 12 conference matches. Her 28 points were second among all ECWHL players, trailing only the 30 of Rhode Island's Kristy Kennedy (who played 16 times). Kern surged in the regular-season closing weekend against Navy and Northeastern from January 30th through February 1st, scoring 10 times over the three games. On November 2nd against the Midshipmen, she posted a season-best six points on three goals and three assists.

Half of the second consists of Penn Staters: junior forward Devon Fisk, senior defenseman Madison Smiddy and senior goaltender Mary Kate Tonetti.

Fisk is among the most decorated players in the Lady Ice Lions' short history, as her all-league nod joins ACHA All-American honors in 2012-13 (honorable mention) and 2013-14 (second team), as well as first-team All-ACHA Tournament nods in each of those seasons. This season, the West Chester, PA native has 20 points against ECWHL competition, including four-point outings on September 28th at Vermont, November 2nd vs. Navy and January 31st vs. Northeastern.

After two years spent playing forward, Tonetti has emerged as one of the nation's best backstops this season. The September 2014 and January 2015 Warrior/ACHA Goaltender of the Month boasts a 0.953 save percentage in ECWHL play this season to go with a pair of shutouts, and is one of just two goalies in the league (first-team pick Kasey Zegel is the other) to defeat each conference rival in 2014-15.

2015 U.S. National University Team member Smiddy has headlined one of the ACHA's best defenses all year, while contributing key offensive production. Within the conference, she has chipped in a pair of assists and a goal - the overtime winner at Northeastern on November 22nd.

Cara Mendelson and Katie Murphy round out the PSU picks as honorable mention nominations. Murphy's strongest attributes are her two-way excellence, skating and ability to play in all situations. Along the way the Michigander has posted 10 points in ECWHL games, including five in her last three. Mendelson selflessly undertook a mid-season position change from defense to forward and has been one of the Lady Ice Lions' most explosive scorers since. Her eight goals in 14 league contests include her first career hat trick against Navy on January 30th, and a key goal in a November 9th win at Rhode Island.

Here is the complete list of All-ECWHL selections:

First Team
All-ECWHL
Second Team
All-ECWHL
Kasey Zegel
Massachusetts
G
Mary Kate Tonetti
Penn State
Darby Kern
Penn State
F
Devon Fisk
Penn State
Kristy Kennedy
Rhode Island
F
Emily Ford
Vermont
Amanda Abromson
Massachusetts
F
Brittani Lanzilli
Massachusetts
Paige Harrington
Massachusetts
D
Madison Smiddy
Penn State
Caleigh LaBossiere
Massachusetts
D
Sydney Collins
Rhode Island

Honorable Mention
All-ECWHL
Pos.
School
Cara Mendelson
F
Penn State
Katie Murphy
F
Penn State
Michaela Tosone
F
Massachusetts
Emily Buzzard
F
Navy
Claire Clark
D
Navy
Sarah Hutchinson
G
Navy
Cara Pastrana
D
Navy
Allyson Strachan
F
Navy
Kelsey Hickey
F
Northeastern
Michelle Macchione
F
Northeastern
Kat So
D
Northeastern
Brenna Callahan
D
Rhode Island
Cassie Catlow
F
Rhode Island
Alisha DiFilippo
F
Rhode Island
Kristen Levesque
F
Rhode Island
Audrey Currier
G
Vermont
Rosie Gluck
G
Vermont
Katherine Kreis
F
Vermont
Erin McDonald
F
Vermont
Greer Vogl
D
Vermont

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