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Molli Mott Leads St. Cloud State in Senior Campaign

Molli Mott, Colorado Select alum and St. Cloud State senior forward, led the Huskies in scoring during the 2013-14 season for the second year in a row with 24 points. In 36 games, Molli put up 13 goals and 11 assists with 91 shots on net in her senior campaign. Three of her goals came on Husky power-play opportunities and one of which was a short-handed goal.  Congratulations Molli on wrapping up a stellar collegiate career on top!

O'Neil and Taggart Lead Stevenson Mustangs

Colorado Select alums and sophomore Stevenson Mustang forwards Molly O'Neil and McKenzie Taggart lead the offensive effort for the team during the 2013-14 season.  McKenzie led the team with 25 points on 14 goals and 11 assists, ranked second on the team with 78 shots on goal and lead the team with 8 power play goals.  In a game against St. Benedicts, she became the first person in program history to score a hat-trick.  Molly ranked second on the team with 23 points on eight goals and 15 assists, and lead the team with 15 assists and 92 shots on goal.  Nice job girls with the offensive firepower and good luck in your junior season!

Kendall Curtis Leads Ohio State in Game Winning Goals

Kendal Curtis, Colorado Select alum and Ohio State sophomore forward, tied for the Buckeyes team lead during the 2013-14 season with three game-winning goals agains each of St. Cloud State (Oct. 12), New Hampshire (Nov. 30), and North Dakota (Feb. 22).  Nice sophomore campaign Kendall and good luck during your junior year!

Brittney Brooks Garners Post-Season Awards

Colorado Select alum and Colgate junior goaltender Brittney Brooks was named the Raiders Most Improved Player for the 2013-14 season at the team's annual end of the year banquet.  The award was voted on by the team and presented by Brian Hutzley, Colgate's Vice President of Finance and Administration.

In addition, Brittney was named to the 2013-14 ECAC Hockey All-Academic team.  To be eligible for the All-Academic team, student-athletes must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or have a GPA over 3.00 over the past three semesters.

Congratulations Brittney on an outstanding season both academically and in net!
 
 

Bateman, Gross and Hensley Receive CHA Academic Awards

The College Hockey America Conference (CHA) announced that Colorado Select alums Jeanette Bateman, Taylor Gross and Nicole Hensley have been named to the CHA 2013-14 All-Academic Team.  To be eligible for the award, the student-athletes must post a 3.0 grade point average or higher in all of the academic periods during which her team was actively competing.  In addition, Hensley earned additional distinction as a CHA Student Athlete of the Year by posting a cumulative GPA of 4.0 for the second consecutive  year.

Bateman and Gross were 2 of the 18 players from the Penn State Nittany Lions named to the All-Academic Team, while Hensley was 1 of the 18 players from the Lindenwood Lions named to the All-Academic Team.  In addition, Hensley was one of 10 student athletes in the CHA to receive the Student Athlete of the Year award and one of 4 from the Lindenwood Lions, the most of any conference school..

Congratulations girls on on putting the "student" in "student-athlete"!

Nicole Hensley Named Academic All-American

Lindenwood Lions sophomore goaltender and Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley was one of three Lindenwood student-athletes named Capital One Academic All-Americans.  The award is selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  Two of the student-athletes were from the women's ice hockey team and both were third-team Academic All-American selections in the women's at-large category. They are the first women's hockey players to receive the award since Lindenwood's program moved to the NCAA level (Lindenwood's awards are at the D-II level since the institution participates at that level generally, with 3 D-I teams including women's ice hockey).  Nicole led the NCAA with 1,198 saves during the 2013-14 season. She had a .921 save percentage and a 3.31 GAA. Among her top performances were 55 saves in a win over No. 8 Robert Morris, 41 saves in a tie over eventual Final Four participant Mercyhurst, and 69 saves in a loss to North Dakota.  On the academic side, Nicole finished her sophomore year with a cumulative 4.0 GPA as an exercise science major.  With three Academic All-Americans this school year, Lindenwood has now had back-to-back years with a school record in the number of Academic All-American honors that it has earned. It also set a record this year with seven student-athletes receiving Academic All-District awards, one of which was also Nicole. 

 

Nicole Hensley Selected For US National Team Goaltending Camp for Second Consecutive Year

Nicole Hensley, Colorado Select alum and Lindenwood University sophomore goaltender, has been selected to take part in the seventh annual Warren Strelow U.S. National Team Goaltending Camp which opens on Thursday, May 8, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Nicole was one of three women's goalies invited for the second consecutive year to partiicpate in the camp.  The camp features the top goaltenders eligible for international play in select age groups and is named after the former NHL and 1980 USA Olympic Hockey Team goaltender coach Warren Strelow.  During the 2013-14 season, Nicole led the nation in saves with 1198 while having a .921 save percentage and 3.31 goals against average.

 

Taryn Harris a Dual Sport Collegiate Athlete

Colorado Select alum and Manhattanville College freshman defenseman Taryn Harris excels not only on the ice for the Valiants, but also on the lacrosse field.  Having not played lacrosse in high school, Taryn took to the sport quickly at the collegiate level.  She made made 11 appearances with 10 starts for the Valiants during her freshman season.  In her collegiate debut she came off the bench against The College of New Jersey and then proceeded to start the final 10 contests of the season.  Taryn showed amazing athleticism by becoming a starter in her freshman season in a sport  she didn't play in high school.  Very impressive Taryn and good luck with your dual sport sophomore campaign!
 

Congratulations to Our Colorado Select 2014 Alums!

The Colorado Select would like to congratulate our newest alums and wish them the best in their endeavors next year!

Kathleen Ash - University of Minnesota - Mankato

Rebecca Caswell - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Amanda Cohen - Hamline University

Kiersten Cotter - Lindenwood University

Nikki Friesen - Harvard University

Emily Harris - Undecided

Kristi Hills - Undecided

Maura Kieft - Undecided

Jordan Koop - Undecided

Taylor Kreiling - Lake Forest College

Caterina LaFontaine - Art Institute of Denver

Taylor Osowski - Utica College

Hayden Peck - University of Oregon

Mackenzie Roberts - Undecided

Kyra Smith - Undecided

Nicole Watson - Undecided

Kendra Weber - Arapahoe Community College

Vivian Zeng - Undecided

Alicia Ziff - Undecided

Best of luck girls and don't forget to hit the books!

Jordan Caldwell Hoists National Championship Trophy!

Colorado Select's own Jordan Caldwell, a redshirt senior forward for Plattsburgh State, lead the Cardinals to their third national championship and first since 2008.  Jordan netted two goals in the Cardinals 9-2 blowout win over the Norwich Cadets in the NCAA D-III National Championship Game held in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, March 22.  Caldwell finished her career with the Cardinals in phenominal fashion, as the team went 28-1-1 on the season.  As a co-captian of the team, Jordan had the pleasure of hoisting the championship trophey and taking it to her teammates.  Jordan was quoted in an interview and article prior to the frozen four stating "We came to Plattsburgh to win a national championship, this is it, do or die for a national championship."  Well, it was "do", not "die".  Congratulations Jordan on an outstanding collegiate career and finishing on the highest note possible - the Colorado Select is proud of you!  Click the links below to read more on Jordan and the championship game, including Jordan's quote in the USCHO article.

Taylor Gross and Nicole Hensley Garner College Hockey America Season Awards

Taylor Gross - CHA Sportsmanship Award

Taylor Gross, Colorado Select alum and Penn State senior forward, received College Hockey America's Sportsmanship Award for the 2013-14 season. The award is given by the CHA to one student-athlete who has consistently demonstrated superior conduct and sportsmanship on the ice as voted on by the head coaches.  Taylor, Penn's State's first captain as a varsity progrom, tallied 15 points this season on seven goals, while committing just two penalties. She also tied for the team lead in blocked shots (42).  Taylor capped her four-year collegiate career with 116 games played, 27 goals, 35 assists and 62 points. The senior forward leaves Penn State in a tie for second in goals (14), second in assists (23) and points (37).  Congratulations on a great career, Taylor!

Nicole Hensley - Second Team All-CHA

Nicole Hensley, a sophomore goalie for the Lindenwood Lions and Colorado Select alum, was named Second Team All-CHA at the College Hockey America banquet on March 5.  Nicole recorded 1,198 saves on the year, the most in NCAA Division I and the third-most for a single-season in NCAA history. She had a .921 save percentage for the season, including a .931 in CHA play. She made 718 saves in conference play and recorded 40 or more saves in 13 of her 33 games, including a season-high 69 against North Dakota (see story below).  Nicole played a big role in some of the best results in program history. She made 55 of 57 saves during the team's 4-2 win over Robert Morris, the program's first win over a nationally-ranked team (see story below) She also helped Lindenwood tie both Bemidji State and Mercyhurst. The tie with Bemidji State was the first with a WCHA program, and the tie with Mercyhurst was the first with the powerhouse CHA program.  To this point in her two-year career, Nicole has a .922 save percentage and has made 2,281 saves in 61 games.  Click the links to read more on the CHA season award.

Kerry Mayhew Named All-WIAC First Team

Kerry Mayhew, Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets senior forward and Colorado Select alum, concluded a successful career by being named All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team.  This season Kerry scored eight goals and had nine assits for 17 points in 27 games, but in 12 conference games had 10 points, including 7 goals, both of which led the Yellowjackets.  She appeared in 81 games over three season with the Yellowjacktes, scoring 28 goals and 39 assists for 67 points.  Her 39 assists rank her 9th all-time in the program, while her 67 points are tied for 8th all-time in the program.  Congratulations Kerry on a fantastic career capped off with these deserving awards!

Kendall Curtis Named to WCHA All-Academic Team

Colorado Select alum and current Ohio State Buckeye sophomore forward Kendall Curtis has been named by the WCHA to the 2013-2014 All-Academic Team.  Kendall was one of Ohio State league-high 16 student-athletes receiving the honor at the league awards ceremony in Bemidji, Minn.  To qualify for the WCHA All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at their present institution prior to the current academic year and have a GPA of at least 3.0 for the previous two semesters or three quarters.  Congratulations Kendall on putting the "student" in student-athlete!

Trenah Stauffer Named to ECAC East All-Academic Team

Colorado Select alum and Manhattanville Valiants junior defensemen Trenah Stauffer was named to the ECAC East All-Academic Team.  To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year at his or her current institution, and have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.  This was Trenah's second straight all-academic team honor.  Way to hit the books Trenah!

Molli Mott Senior Video

Colorado Select alum and St. Cloud State senior forward Molli Mott and her senior class teammates provide insight into what and who they are and are not going to miss upon completion of their collegiate career in the Huskies Senior Video.  Click on the video to hear from Molli and her teammates.  Congratulation Molli on a great career at St. Cloud State - we are proud of you!

Nicole Hensley Receives Award at Sportswomen of Colorado Banquet

Nicole Hensley, Colorado Select alum and Lindenwood Lions sophomore goaltender, received the Sportswomen of Colorado award for ice hockey at the 40th annual awards celebration on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center.  Nicole received the award  for her performance as a freshman for the Lions during 2013 (see story below).  Colorado's top athletes, coaches and mentors were honored at the banquet.  Congratulations Nicole and we hope you have a great 2014!

Jordan "Jordy" Caldwell Featured in Article on Return From Injury

Colorado Select alum Jordan Caldwell, a redshirt senior for the Plattsburgh State Cardinals, known to her teammates as "Jordy", was recently featured in an article in Cardinal Points Online entitled "Caldwell Returns to Ice after Injuries".  After appearing in just six games in the 2012-13 season, Jordan's season ended after she suffered a torn ACL and fractured tibia in her right leg. After suffering the injuries, she returned home to have reconstructive surgery at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver.  On the bright side, while being sidelined Jordan said "it was actually better for my game sitting there watching it play out.  I learned a lot in the stands just seeing the way that the puck moves. Positioning-wise, it did wonders for my game.”  Coach Kevin Houle stated that “It was certainly a bonus to have Jordan back this year.  It’s made us a better team having her back in the lineup in terms of overall team speed, overall team tenacity. She just brings so much more to the table with having her in the lineup than without.”  One of her fellow seniors agreed, stating “Everything that encompasses a captain is Jordy.  To have the positivity and the work ethic that she had to have for a full year, before she could even think about stepping on the ice, is not something that most people could do. I definitely think that helps us respect her even more than we already did.”  Congratulations Jordan on successfully returning from the injury!  Click on the link to read the full article.

Nicole Hensley Named CHA Goalie of the Month

Lindenwood sophomore goaltender and Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley was named the goalie of the month for Feruary 2014 by College Hockey America.  Nicole ended the regular season by going 3-3-1 during the month of February with a .945 save percentage. She stopped at least 40 shots in every game but one, and had a total of 310 saves for the month, while allowing two or fewer goals in four games.  During the month of February, Nicole led Lindenwood to two of its biggest results in program history. At the start of the month, the Lady Lions defeated a nationally-ranked team for the first time with a 4-2 win over Robert Morris (see story below). She made 55 saves in that game and both goals she allowed came while the Colonials had an extra attacker on offense. The regular season ended with a 2-2 tie against nationally-ranked Mercyhurst, a team that Lindenwood had never played closer than three goals before (which was the previous day with Nicole in net). She made 41 saves in that game, including eight in the overtime period.  Click the links to read more on Nicole's award.
 

Kendall Curtis Notches Game Winner Against No. 7 North Dakota

Ohio State's Kendall Curtis, a sophomore forward and Colorado Select alum, notched the game winning goal on Senior Day to complete the Buckeye's series sweep of No. 7 North Dakota in a 3-1 win.  After a scoreless second period, Kendall skated the puck to the center of the North Dakota zone and fired a shot past the ND goaltender at 3:27 into the final period. The unassisted score was Kendall's seventh goal on the season.

Ava Plamondon and Hannah Smith Guide Wisconsin-Stephens Point to NCAA Tournament

The Colorado Select alum duo of senior defenseman Ava Plamondon and junior forward Hannah Smith lead the Univerity of Wisconsin-River Falls Pointers to the inaugural Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championship game and a berth in the NCAA D-III tournament.  Although the Pointers failed to prevail in those games, it was the Pointers fifth appearance in the NCAA D-III tournament and first since 2007.  The team ended the seaon with 19 wins and ranked 6/7 nationally.  Congratulations ladies on a great season and Ava on a great ending to your collegiate hockey career!

 

Kat Armstrong Nets First Collegiate Goal

Katharine "Kat" Armstrong, current UMass-Boston Beacon freshman defenseman and Colorado Select alum, netted her first collegiate goal in a 3-0 win over the Manhattanville College Valiants. Kat helped the Beacons notch their first-ever win over the Valiants in post-season play and advance to the ECAC East semifinals in the conference tournament.  Congratulatins Kat - keep them coming!

Maura Allen Not Just a College Hockey Player

Colorado Select alum and Bowdoin College senior defensemen Maura Allen is a two-sport/three-season varsity student athlete.  During the past four winters, Maura has been a rock-solid defenseman for the Bowdoin women's ice hockey program, playing in over 90 games over the last four seasons. New to the sport, she joined the varsity rugby team as a freshman and has competed each fall and spring since. She has become known for her counter rucking ability to create turnover ball. Scoring 12 tries this season, Maura is also the second-leading tackler. She anchored and co-captianed a Bowdoin team that captured their second consecutive conference rugby championship, and in post-season play advanced to a #5 ranking in the ACRA inaugural fall season. Maura garnered her team’s MVP Forward Award, was named All-Conference Team #8 and earned Academic High Honors awards from NESCAC, the rugby conference, USA Rugby, and ACRA for her outstanding achievement in the classroom.  Congrats Maura on exceeding in the classroom and your career in 2 collegiate sports!

Molly O'Neil and McKenzie Taggart Lead Stevenson Mustangs

The Colorado Select alum duo of sophomore forwards Molly O'Neil and McKenzie Taggart lead the Stevenson University Mustangs in their second season of NCAA competition, as their line combined for 68 points this season while scoring 30 of the team's 58 goals.  In a 2-1 victory over Chatham, their line totaled all six points as the in a series sweep.  McKenzie was tied for second in Division III in power-play goals scored this season.  In a 4-3 overtime win against Neumann, Molly scored the game-winner 3:03 into overtime, pushing the Mustangs to a win in their first overtime game in the program's two-year history.  Molly lead the team in assists with 15, while McKenzie lead the team with 14 goals and 25 points.  Congratulations to the Stevenson dynamic duo on a great season!

Brittney Brooks Recepient of Colgate Dean's Award

Brittney Brooks, a junior goaltender for the Colgate Raiders and a Colorado Select alum, is a recipient of the Dean’s Award for academic excellence during the fall 2013 term at Colgate University.  To be eligible for the Dean’s Award, a Colgate student must achieve higher than a 3.30 average while enrolled in at least four courses.  Brittney accomplished this while majoring in Neuroscience.  Nice job hitting the books Brittney!

Nicole Hensley Starts Out 2014 Strong

2014 SportsWomen of Colorado Award

Sportswomen of Colorado named their 2014 award winners in January 2014 for outstanding performances in 2013 and Colorado Select Alum Nicole Hensley, a sophomore goaltender for Lindenwood University, was selected to receive the Sportswomen of Colorado Award for ice hockey.  Colorado's outstanding female athletes will be honored for their performance in 2013 during their 40th annual awards celebration on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center.

College Hockey America Goalie of the Week

College Hockey America has named Nicole Hensley, Lindenwood University goaltender and Colorado Select alum, as the Goalie of the Week for the week ended February 9, 2013.   It is the second time that Nicole has been named the CHA Goalie of the Week, and the seventh time that she has won a CHA weekly award.  She went 2-0-0 in goal the prior week and led Lindenwood to a series sweep over Penn State. She had a 1.95 GAA, a .957 save percentage, and collected 89 saves in the series. In the first game of the series, she did not allow a goal for the final 36:35 of the contest as Lindenwood held on for a 2-1 win. In that span, she made 27 saves, including 21 in the third period. Nicole stopped 44 shots in the second game of the series as Lindenwood earned a 4-3 overtime win. In the extra period, she stopped eight shots in the first three minutes before the Lady Lions scored the game-winning goal.  Click on the video below to see some of Nicole's saves in the weekend sweep from the CHA

 

"Bedeviling" No. 8 Ranked Robert Morris

Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley, a sophomore goaltender for the Lindenwood University Lady Lions, was prominent in helping the Lady Lions pull off the biggest upset of its NCAA history as they shocked No. 8 ranked Robert Morris by a 4-2 score. The win was the first in the history of the Lady Lions program over a NCAA Division I nationally-ranked team.  Nicole saved 55 of 57 shots in the contest, allowing only two power play goals in the victory. In a USCHO article on the game discussing the Lady Lions' "bedevilments" of the Colonials, USCHO indicated that Nicole was "tormenting" the Colonials, making 26 of her 55 saves in the final 20 minutes.  Click on the video below to see Nicole's post-game interview.
 

Lyndsey Fry Featured in Denver Post Article

Lyndsey Fry, the Colorado Select's first alum to compete on the US Women's Olympic Team, was featured in an article entitled "Fry Skating for Gold in Russia, With Love" on page 2CC of the Denver Post's sports section on February 9, one day after her first Olympic game, a 3-1 win over Finland.  The article chronicles Lyndsey's relationship with the late Elizabeth Turgeron when they played together on the Colorado Select U19AAA team (see the stories below).  Good luck the rest of the way to gold Lyndsey!

Kerry Mayhew Moves Into Yellowjackets' All-Time Top 10 List

Wisconsin - Superior Yellowjackets forward and Colorado Select alum Kerry Mayhew, following a 5-0 win over Wisconsin - Eau Claire, moved into 9th on the Wisconsin - Superior all-time assists list with 39 and 9th on the all-time points list with 66.  In 20 games this year, Kerry has 6 goals and 8 assists for a total of 14 points.  Kerry we hope you have a strong finish this year to a great career!

O'Neil and Taggart Lead Stevenson Mustangs

Colorado Select alums and current Stevenson Mustang sophomore forwards Molly O'Neil and McKenzie Taggart are leading the offensive way for the Mustangs this season.  In 19 games so far this season, McKenzie is leading the team with 21 points and 13 goals, closely followed by Molly with a team-leading 11 assists and 19 points.  Molly and McKenzie play on the same line, which recently accounted for 6 points in a 5-1 win over New England College with an aggregate +9 rating in the game for that line.  Colorado Select alum and current Stevenson Mustang sophomore defenseman Emma Sunness has also appeared in 15 games for the Mustangs this season.  A strong Colorado Select contigent at Stevenson - way to go ladies!

Drue Engleman Collects First Collegiate Goal

Drue Engleman, freshman forward at St. Olaf College and Colorado Select alum, collected her first collegiate goal in a 4-2 loss to Bethel College.  She has played in 13 games for the Oles and has also collected an assist.  Drue, we hope this goal is the first of many more to come!

Jordan Caldwell Nets Game Winner for Cardinals

Colorado Select alum and current Plattsburg State redshirt senior forward Jordan Caldwell netted the game winning goal in the Cardinals 2-0 win over the Utica College Pioneers.  The win runs Plattsburg State's record to 16-0-1 on the season with a No. 1 ranking in D-III.  Jordan has totalled 8 goals and 11 assists for 19 points on the year.  Nice way to finish out the career Jordan!

Taryn Harris Bags Impressive Goal

Manhattanville Valiants freshman defenseman and Colorado Select alum Taryn Harris scored her third goal of the season in a 3-2 loss against Salve Regina in impressive fashion.  After picking up the puck in the defensive zone, Taryn carried it the length of the ice, cut down the face-off circle and fired a shot high over the glove hand of Salve Regina goaltender.   She has played in all 19 games for the Valiants and has 3 goals and 3 assists for a total of 6 points.  Trenah Stauffer, a junior defenseman for the Valiants and a Colorado Select alum, also has 10 points for the Valiants with 4 goals and 6 assists and is a plus 3.  Great freshman campaign Taryn and keep up the good work Trenah!

Kristen Embrey Scores First Collegiate Goal in 3 Point Game

Kristen Embrey, UMass-Boston freshman forward and Colorado Select alum, notched her first collegiate goal against New England College in a game where she also collected her first 3 collegiate points by adding 2 assists to go with the goal.  In the 8-0 victory, Colorado Select alum and UMass-Boston freshman defenseman, KC McGinley, added 2 assists for her first collegiate points.  Keep up the scoring attack girls!  Click on the video to see Kristen's goal.

Kendall Curtis Scores 9th Round Shootout Winner

Colorado Select alum and current Ohio State sophomore forward Kendall Curtis helped the Buckeyes pick up an extra league point by scoring the lone goal in the 9th round of a shootout to break a 2-2 tie with the Minnesota Gophers.  In addition to the shootout winner, on the season Kendall has two game winning goals, 6 total goals and 4 assists for 10 points.  Keep up the great season Kendall!

Brittany Brooks Impressive in Net for Raiders

Colgate Raiders junior goaltender and Colorado Select alum Brittney Brooks has recorded some recent impressive outings in net for the Raiders.  In a recent game against Dartmouth, Brittney had an impressive performance recording 30 saves in the game, including a game-high 17 in the middle frame.  In a previous game against the Syracuse Orange, she made 35 stops, including 18 in the third period.   Brittney has appeared in 13 games this season for the Raiders, compiling 284 saves with a 2.59 GAA and .907 save percentage.  Brittany, keep the brick wall up in net the rest of the season!

Lyndsey Fry On Cover of Arizona Rubber Hockey Magazine

Colorado Select's own US Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team member Lyndsey Fry was recently featured on the cover of the Arizona edition of Rubber Hockey Magazine after her selection to the Olympic Team.  In an article entitled "Going for the Gold", Lyndsey is called an Arizona hockey icon.  Good luck in Sochi Lyndsey!

Z Karlis Nets First Collegiate Goal

In a first round victory against Stevenson University in the 7th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament in Boston, Alexandra "Z" Karlis, Colorado Select alum and redshirt junior forward for the University of Massachusetts - Boston Beacons, found the back of the net for her first collegiate goal in the second period.  She was also won 10 of 12 faceoffs in the contest.  Z is returning this year from injuries the last two years.  Select alum Katherine Armstong, a Beacon freshman defensemen, also collected an assist in the contest.  Other Colorado Select alums also play for the Beacons and the Stevenson Mustangs - Kristen Embrey (UMass), KC McGinley (UMass), Molly O'Neil (Stevenson), Emma Sunness (Stevenson) and McKenzie Taggart (Stevenson).  The Beacons went on to defeat Connecticut College the following day to win their first-ever tournament championship.  Click on the videos to see Z's goal and to hear UMass Coach Colleen Harris' comments about Z in her post-game press conference.  Congrats Z!

Nicole Hensley Featured in USCHO Article

On January 2, USCHO's weekly feature "This Week in Women's D-I" was entitled "Hensley Helps Lay a Foundation at Lindenwood" and focused on Colorado Select alum and current Lindenwood University sophomore goaltender Nicole Hensley.  The article focuses on Lindenwood's efforts to build a D-I program around Nicole in net, as she currently leads the country in saves with 749.  Coach Vince O'Mara of Lindenwood stated in the article:  “Last year, a lot of people were talking about the way we ended the season, and almost criticizing us for having [her],” O’Mara said. “Well, we’re not going to apologize for having Nicole Hensley in goal. We’re going to pat ourselves on the back for getting her. That’s the type of goalie a new program needs to have. Where we’re at, we wouldn’t be even close to where we are headed if it wasn’t for [Hensley] and someone to build this program around. We’re very fortunate and happy to have her.”  Congratulations Nicole on being a strong foundation at Lindenwood!

COLORADO SELECT'S OWN LYNDSEY FRY MAKES US OLYMPIC TEAM!

On New Year's Day, in front of the largest crowd to turn out for a hockey game — 105,591 fans at Michigan Stadium — and a national television audience between periods of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Mapleleafs, USA Hockey annouced its 2014 US Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.  With that announcement, Lyndsey Fry became the first ever Colorado Select alum to make the US Olympic team roster, landing one of 11 slots on the roster as a forward as she survived the final two cuts to get the roster to 21 players.  Colorado Avalanche TV play-by-play annoucer Mike Haynes shared the news of the Colorado Select alum during the Avalanche game against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 2.  While making the annoucement of the Colorado connection to the US Olympic team, Haynes showed the picture at left of Lyndsey with Elizabeth Turgeon's US National Team jersey and described the story of the traveling jersey as set forth in the stories below.  Congratulations Lyndsey - you made the Colorado Select proud!

6th Annual Colorado Select Alumni Game

The Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association held its 6th Annual Alumni Game at the Edge Ice Arena in Littleton, Colorado on Saturday, December 21, 2013.  One surprise annoucment at the event was the impending retirement at the end of May of Colorado Select Director of Hockey and U19AAA Head Coach Marnie Hill after 8 years with the Assocation.  Marnie indicated to the crowd after a round of applause that she would be moving to Florida to pursue her career as a helicopter pilot.  The festivities started out with a silent auction of great sports and other items, along with event booths, which included the hardest shot competition.  The highlight of the day was a large crowd for the battle between the current U19AAA team and CSGHA Alumni back in town for the holidays and the big game.  The game was followed by an autograph session with the alums, which basically occurred on the glass with the young players as the alums came off the ice after the game.

After the introduction of all the players for both teams and other alums at the game by Marnie, and the playing of the Canadian and U.S. National Anthems, the annual hockey battle was on.  The game was close for the first two periods, as the 19's held a 2-1 lead and then it was knotted at 2-2.  The alumni broke it open in the third period, skating to a 6-2 win behind a hat trick by Taylor Gross and a shutout during her half of the game in net by Nicole Hensley, and evening the overall alumni game record at 3-3.in the annual battle enjoyed by all.  Alumni returning this year to play in or attend the game included:

Maura Allen - Bowdoin College

Katherine Armstrong - University of Massachusetts - Boston

Jeanette Bateman - Penn State University

Kendall Curtis - Ohio State University

Lauren Davis - Yale University

Sierra Dell - St. Mary's University

Kristin Embrey - University of Massachusetts - Boston

Drue Engelmen - St. Olafs College

Courtney Gacek - Metroplitan State College of Denver

Taylor Gross - Penn State University

Meghan Haarberg - University of Northern Colorado

Michelle Harcrow - Colorado State University

Taryn Harris - Manhattanville College

Nicole Hensley - Lindenwood University

Shara Jasper - Lindenwood University

Alexandra Karlis - University of Massachusetts - Boston

Avery Kaufmann - Colorado State University

Kerry Mayhew - University of Wisconsin - Superior

KC McGinley - University of Massachusetts - Boston

Kacee Medved - St. Benedicts College

Molli Mott - St. Cloud State University

Ava Plamondon - University of Wisonsin - Stevens Point

Lizzy Revers - University of Colorado

Emma Sunness - Stevenson College

Brooke Valbert - Colorado State University

Amanda Vandenberg - Colorado State University

Chloe Williams - Lindenwood University

 

 

Jordan Caldwell's Goal Featured on NBC Affiliate Report

Colorado Select alum and Plattsburgh State redshirt senior forward Jordan Caldwell scored one of 7 goals and had an assist in the Cardinals' win over the Neumann University Knights.  Jordan's goal was one of the goals featured in a news report on the Cardinals' undefeated season on local NBC affiliate WPTZ NewsChannel 5.  Click on the video to see the news report.  So far this season, Plattsburgh State has scored 46 goals and allowed 1 goal, while compiling a 9-0-1 overall record and a 5-0-0 conference record and are ranked #1 in the nation in D-III.  Jordan has 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points on the season.  Keeping heading toward that National Championship Jordan!

Lindenwood Coach Calls Nicole Hensley "One of the Best Goaltenders in the Country"

During a post-game interview after the Lindenwood Lions home game against the Mercyhurst Lakers, Lindenwood head coach Vince O'Mara complimented Colorado Select alum and Lindenwood sophmore goaltender Nicole Hensley by describing her as "one of the best goaltenders in the country".  (Click on the video to hear Coach O'Mara's comments and see save highlights).  Coach O'Mara was speaking about Nicole's play against the Lakers one day after missing her first start of the year due to illness and still being ill for the game, and in reference to her save on a breakaway by College Hockey America Player of the Year Christine Bestland of Mercyhurst.  (Click on the video to see the save).  Hopefully Nicole has a few of these save left in her glove!

Lyndsey Fry Graces Cover of December 2013 USA Hockey Magazine

Colorado Select's own Lyndsey Fry, battling to make the last cuts for the U.S. Women's Olympic Team, was featured on the cover of the December 2013 USA Hockey Magazine.  The cover story was The Sisterhood of the Traveling Hockey Jersey and chronicles the relationship between Lyndsey and Elizabeth Turgeon when they both played for the Colorado Select.  (See the stories below).  Good luck Lyndsey!

Taylor Gross Featured in Penn State Article for Hockey Leadership

Taylor Gross, senior captain for the Penn State Nittany Lions and Colorado Select alum, was recently featured in a Penn State article discussing the leadership of three University of Connecticut transfers to the new Penn State women's ice hockey program.  "Honestly, I felt like a Penn Stater the second I got here," said Gross. "My heart was always with Penn State and all the girls on the club team were very welcoming so it certainly made my transition easier."  In speaking about the three transfers, including Taylor, Penn State coach Josh Brandwene stated "Certainly as a coach and alum I know that they are Penn Staters in every sense of the term and I think that's the highest compliment anyone can get." Good luck on a strong senior season Taylor!

Molli Mott Nets All St. Cloud Goals in Series Against UM-Duluth

St. Cloud State Huskies senior forward and Colorado Select alum Molli Mott did all the scoring for the Huskies in two 2-1 losses in a series against the University of Minnesota - Duluth, scoring an even strength goal late with :52 second left in the first game and scoring late in the second period of the second game of the series to tie it at 1-1.  See the video for Molli's post-game interview after the first game of the series.  The prior weekend against Minnesota State Molli  had two goals, one assist, and eights shots on goal.  Nice senior season underway Molli!

McKenzie Taggart Nets Her First Collegiate Hat Trick

McKenzie Taggart, Colorado Select alum and Stevenson College Mustangs sophomore forward, scored her first collegiate hat trick in an 8-4 loss to the St. Benedicts Blazers.  This was also the first hat trick in the history of the Stevenson women's ice hockey program.  McKenzie currently ranks second in all of Division III with 1.38 goals per game and ranks first with 0.75 power-play goals per game. Through just nine games this season, she has 11 goals and one assist and is already one point shy of tying the 13 points she had all last season.  Colorado Select alums Molly O'Neal and Emma Sunness also played in the game for Stevenson, while Colorado Select alum Kacee Medved played in the game for St. Benedicts College (see stories below).

Molly O'Neil Banks Two Three-Point Games

Molly O'Neil, Colorado Select alum and Stevenson College Mustangs sophomore forward, has produced two 3-point games for the Mustangs this season.  In an early season 4-0 win over SUNY-Canton, Molly had 1 goal and 2 assists.   Subsequently, she had 1 goal and 2 assists in an 8-4 loss to St. Benedicts College.  Molly is second on the team to Colorado Select alum McKenzie Taggart (see story above) with 11 points and is tied for the team lead in assists with 7.  Colorado Select alum Emma Sunness is defensemen for Stevenson College also.

Nicole Hensley Presented CHA Student Athlete of the Year Award

Prior to a recent home game against RIT, College Hockey America (CHA)Commissioner Robert M. DeGregorio, Jr. presented Nicole Hensley, Lindenwood Lions sophomore goaltender and Colorado Select alum, with the CHA Student Athlete of the Year award.  Nicole earned the award by achieving a 4.0 GPA during her freshman year of CHA play.  (See story below).  Commissioner DeGregorio was joined on the ice for the pre-game presentation by Lindenwood Athletic Director John Creer and Nicole was joined on the ice by her parents, Darren and Linda Hensley.  Click on the video of post-game interviews to see the presentation.

Jordan Caldwell Keeps Plattsburg State Undefeated

Colorado Select alum and redshirt senior forward Jordan Caldwell scored with just nine seconds remaining to earn the top-ranked Plattsburgh State women's hockey team a 1-1 tie against Amherst in the Panther/Cardinal Classic hosted by Middlebury College during Thanksgiving.  Jordan received a pass down low and quickly one-timed the pass from a tough angle to beat the Amherst goaltender to force the game into overtime.  Jordan's goal kept the No. 1 ranked Plattsburg State Cardinals undefeated on the season.  Hopefully Jordan can help the Cardinals run the table this year!

Taryn Harris Scores First Collegiate Goal

Taryn Harris, Manhattanville Valiant freshman defenseman and Colorado Select alum, scored her first collegiate goal in a 4-3 loss to Nichols College.  Taryn's shot was off the post and hit the back of the Nichols' goaltender before finding the back of the net, tying the score with 12:36 to go in the third period.   Taryn we hope this is the first of many more to come in your collegiate career!

Kacee Medved Scores First Collegiate Goal

Colorado Select alum and St. Benedicts College Blazers freshman defenseman Kacee Medved scored her first collegiate goal in an 8-4 win over Stevenson College.  Kacee was playing against Colorado Select alums McKenzie Taggart, Molli O'Neil and Emma Sunness with Stevenson. (See stories above). Keep 'em coming Kacee!

Kendall Curtis Nets Second Game Winner of the Season

Colorado Select alum and current Ohio State Buckeyes sophomore forward Kendall Curtis netted her second game winning goal of the season in a 3-2 win over the University of New Hampshire.  (See story below)  Kendall scored the game winner in the third period.  Hopefully Kendall has a few more left in this stick this season!

Hensley Collects Win In Net Against Penn State

Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley was in net in a 2-1 victory over Penn State, with the Lindenwood Lions sophomore goaltender making 22 saves on 23 shots.  Colorado Select alum Janette Bateman, a sophomore defensemen, and Taylor Gross, a senior forward, were starters in the game for the Penn Nittany Lions, while Colorado Select alum Shara Jasper, a medical red-shirt junior forward for Lindenwood, was in the stands for the game.  A small group Colorado Select alumni reunion!  Nicole did a post-game interview, which can be seen in the video along with some of her game highlights for Lindenwood.

Brittney Brooks Collects First Collegiate Win

Brittney Brooks, a Colorado Select alum and current junior goaltender for the Colgate Raiders, collected her first collegiate win in net in a 5-1 decision over Union College at Colgate's home rink.  Brittney turned away 19 of 20 shots in the victory.  Congratulations Brittney and we hope there are many more wins to come!

Jordan Caldwell Notches A 3-Point Game Against Buffalo State

Jordan Caldwell, a Colorado Select alum and a redshirt senior forward and captain for the No. 1-ranked Plattsburgh State Cardinals, had an offensive outburst in the team's 7-0 ECAC West triumph over the Buffalo State Bengals.  Jordan is returning from a season-ending knee injury last year and collected an assist in each of the first and second periods to total 5 on the season and then knocked down her first goal of the season in the second period.  She had two assists in her first game back from injury in a 6-0 win against Norwich.  Jordan, we are glad to see the knee is doing well and good look in your senior season!

Janette Bateman Featured in Greeley Tribune Article

Jeanette Bateman, Colorado Select alum and current Penn State sophomore defensemen, was recently featured in the "Week in Weld" section of the Greeley Tribune.   The article highlighted that Janette landed a starting spot as a freshman for the Nittany Lions and played in all 35 games games last year. Good luck in your sophomore campaign Janette!

Alexandra "Z" Karlis Featured in Beacons Season Preview Video

Colorado Select alum Alexandra "Z" Karlis, current junior forward for the UMass-Boston Beacons, was featured in the team's 2013-14 season preview video.  Z returns this season from an injury that kept her sidelined last season.  Good luck this season Z and good to see you back on the ice!

Click on the video to see the interview with Z.

Kerry Mayhew Named Yellowjackets Assistant Captain

Colorado Select alum and current University of Wisconsin-Superior senior forward Kerry Mayhew has been named assistant captain of the Yellowjackets for her senior campaign.  This is the first season the Yellowjackets will compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Conference.  Kerry, good luck on a strong season to finish your career!

Trenah Stauffer Named Assistant Captain of Valiants

Trenah Stauffer, Colorado Select alum and current Manhattanville Valiants junior defensemen, will serve as assistant captain of the nationally-ranked Valients for the 2013-14 season.  Congratulations Trenah!

Taylor Gross Repeats as Nittany Lions Captain

Penn State senior forward and Colorado Select alum Taylor Gross is repeating as the captain of the Nittany Lions for the 2013-14 season after serving in that position during the 2012-13 season.  Good luck in your senior campaign Taylor!

McKenzie Taggart Helps Mustangs to First Ever Home Win

Colorado Select alum and current sophomore forward for the Stevenson Mustangs, McKenzie Taggart, scored a goal in a 4-2 win over SUNY-Canton to help the Mustangs get their first-ever win at home.  McKenzie leads the team with 8 goals so far this season.  Good luck the rest of the year McKenzie!

Click the video to see McKenzie's post-game interview after the SUNY-Canton victory and click the links to read more about McKenzie's season.

Former Select U19AAA Goalie Partners Have Strong Weekend Against Nationally Ranked Opponents

Brittney Brooks

Colorado Select alum and current Colgate Raiders junior goaltender Brittney Brooks made 44 saves on 46 shots against the Clarkson Golden Knights, ranked #5 nationally.  The 44 saves were a career high for Brittany at Colgate.  Brittney's head coach, Greg Fargo, praised her performance in the game:  "She was phenomenal.  She kept us in the game by giving our team a chance to get a goal there in the first two periods to tie it up and that's all you can ask of your goaltender every night. You just want to give your team a chance to win and ............. she went in there without fear and competed super hard today. I'm really proud of Brittney."   Although the Raiders were outshot in the game 46-11, Brittney allowed no power play goals in 3 chances for the Golden Knights.  She kept her team in the game in the second period when she blanked Clarkson on 20 shots, keeping the score 1-0 going into the third period.

Click on the video below to hear Coach Fargo's post-game interview comments on Brittney's game.
 

Nicole Hensley

After a weekend series with the Wisconsin Badgers, ranked #2 nationally, in an article in The Badger Herald, Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson stated that Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley's goaltending kept the Lindenwood Lions in the game.  Nicole had 87 saves in the weekend series with Wisconsin.  Although the final score in the second game made the Wisconsin women’s hockey victory over Lindenwood seem like a lop-sided affair, the 4-1 winning margin for the Badgers wasn’t indicative of how close the game was. Despite a strong effort from the Lady Lions, Wisconsin notched two third period goals to edge Lindenwood in the second game of the series at Wisconsin.  Following the game, Johnson referred to strong goaltending from Lindenwood’s sophomore Hensley as the key factor for keeping the Badgers from pulling away until the game’s later stages.  “If a goaltender from either team is playing well, usually the game is going to be tight. We were up 2-0, obviously, and if you can get it to three, it’s a big difference … They jumped on an opportunity and made it 2-1 and then it becomes a much tighter hockey game.”

Nicole Hensley Receives Lindenwood Athletics NCAA Award

On October 17, the Lindenwood University Athletics Department held one of its biggest events of the year, the annual Sports Hall of Fame banquet. Lindenwood President James D. Evans and Athletic Director John Creer spoke at the event and helped hand out the awards, while Lindenwood alum and St. Louis sports personality Bob Ramsey emceed the event.  In addition to the induction of seven new members into the Lindenwood Sports Hall of Fame, several current Lindenwood student-athletes were also honored.  Among those honored was Colorado Select alum and current Lindenwood Lions sophomore goaltender Nicole Hensley, who received the annual Lindenwood Student Achievement award for the NCAA Athletics Department.  Hensley had one of the most impressive goalie performances in NCAA history last season when she made 90 saves during a CHA playoff game against Robert Morris. Congratulations Nicole!
 

Kendall Curtis in Buckeyes Red

Kendall Curtis for the Buckeyes


Molli Mott After Another Goal

Kendall Curtis Scores Game Winner Playing Molli Mott

Colorado Select alum Kendall Curtis, a sophomore forward for the the Ohio State Buckeyes, scored the game winning goal in Ohio State's recent 4-2 win over St. Cloud State in a WCHA contest.  It was Kendall's second goal of the season.  Kendall was playing against Select alum Molli Mott, a senior alternate captain and forward for the St. Cloud State Huskies.  Molli had a goal and an assist in the contest and the previous night she had an assist and a shootout goal to help the Huskies earn the shootout win.

Inside Hockey Article Quotes UND Head Coach on Nicole Hensley After NCAA Top Six Save Game and Being Named to CHA Weekly Honor Roll

Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley, sophomore goalie for the Lindenwood Lions, set a personal best and sixth most in NCAA history by making 69 saves in regulation in a 6-1 loss to nationally ranked North Dakota (last year she recorded 90 saves in a triple overtime contest with Robert Morris to set an NCAA record) in which the Lions were outshot by UND 75-9.  In the first game of the series, Hensley made 46 saves in a 5-1 loss with the Lions getting outshot 51-16.  The final totals were 115 saves on 126 shots in the two game series for a 91.2% save percentage for the series.  On October 7, College Hockey America named Nicole to its weekly honor roll for her performance against North Dakota.  In an article by Inside Hockey reviewing the series, the author stated that if it hadn’t been for her play, "the scores would have been more lopsided then they were". Opposing UND head coach Brian Idalski was complimentary of Nicole in the article, stating:  “Their goaltender (Hensley) is legit.  She was solid; it kind of takes you back when Bemidji had a couple of goaltenders. She was fantastic, or I think the score would have been a little bit different.”  Although two tough games, keep up the work during the season Nicole!

Kendall Curtis Scores First Collegiate Goal

Colorado Select alum and Ohio State Buckeye sophomore forward Kendall Curtis started off the 2013-14 season with a bang, scoring her first collegiate goal and adding an assist in a Buckeye's 4-3 overtime win over nationally ranked Mercyhurst.  She also won 10 of 24 faceoffs in the contest.  Congrats Kendall!  We hope this is one of many more goals to come!

Nicole Hensley Named College Hockey America Goalie of the Week

On September 30, the College Hockey America Conference named Colorado Select Alum and Lindenwood Lion sophomore goaltender Nicole Hensley as the conference goalie of the week.  In a 3-2 loss and 1-1 tie in a series against Bemidji State the prior weekend, Hensley had a .940 save percentage and a 1.92 GAA. In the first game of the series, she saved 36 of 39 shots. She then stopped 27 of 28 shots during the second contest. Out of the four goals she allowed, two came on the power play and another was just three seconds after a power play ended before the skater could return to action.  A strong start to the season Nicole - keep it up this year!

Click on the videos to watch Nicole's Bemidji State post-game interview and to see the CHA Players of the Week Video.
 

Molli Mott Named a Captain at St. Cloud State

Colorado Select alum and St. Cloud State senior forward Molli Mott has been named an alternate captain for the Huskies for the 2013-14 season.  Molli appeared in 35 games last season for St. Cloud recording one of her best seasons on the ice. She was tied for first on the team in number of points (22) and tied for second in goals (9) and assists (13). She also led the Huskies in power-play goals (7) and game-winning goals (3). She put-up a total 116 shots and earned 14 blocks. Molli went four straight games scoring one goal which all were power-play goals for the Huskies.  Good luck this season Molli - we hope you have an even better senior year!
 

Lyndsey Fry Attempting to Become the First Hockey Olympian from Arizona

Colorado Select alum Lyndsey Fry was featured this summer in numerous articles and interviews as she attempts to become the first native of Arizona to be a hockey Olympian.   Fry, from Chandler, Arizona and a Harvard University forward, recently made the 25-player National team that will train and play games this fall in preparation for the Winter Olympic Games in Russia in 2014. Lyndsey is taking the year off from Harvard to focus on training for the Olympics.  Only a final cut to 21 in late December stands between her and the Sochi Olympics.  “It feels like a big deal to me,” Fry said. “I don’t know so much on the boys side how big it is. Hopefully because all the hockey I played here (Arizona) was boys, it has some sort of impact. But I definitely would like it to promote and grow the sport for the girls side.”  Fry returned to her home in Chandler after the stress of a week-long National team selection camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., that ended the Olympic hopes of 16 players.  She stated that "there was a lot of emotion that day,” when the team was named June 24, continuing that "there was relief especially after playing with the National team this whole season. It becomes your spot to lose so there’s a little more pressure. That day was so emotionally taxing because you had to say goodbye to so many people. You’re getting what you worked so hard for but also seeing these girls having their dreams crushed.”  She’s back in Chandler for the moment, spending mid-mornings at Arcadia Ice Arena in Phoenix preparing for the Team USA training. She goes to the gym with her folks, lifts weights four days a week and does what she can to train without overdoing it.  Fry will head back to Massachusetts and will join her fellow campers in Bedford, which is about 20 miles outside Boston. From there, she will have approximately three months to prove she belongs on the final roster.  She stated that she has “been incredibly lucky and blessed. Sometimes I have to stop and take it all in because I can’t even believe it.”  Good luck Lyndsey and we hope to you in Sochi!

Click on the video to see the Know99Television video interview with Lyndsey (including photos of Lyndsey in her Colorado Select gear!).

Katy Walker's International Play Featured in Everett Herald Article

Select alum Katy Walker, an Elmira College graduate, returned home to Edmonds, Washington in March from a season playing professionally for the Pantera Minsk in Belarus and was featured in an article in the Everett Washington Herald. Katy indicated that it was "a great experience........a chance to go somewhere I'd never been and see a lot of countries I'd never been to." Although there was a language barrier as Katy never learned to speak Russion, she said that "even with the girls who only spoke Russian, we still had a common thing and that was hockey. We could smile over a good pass or a nice goal. You don't need to talk for that kind of stuff. So hockey definitely helped (create a) bond with teammates you couldn't necessarily communicate with." Her team played in the Elite Women's Hockey League (EWHL), one of the top women's pro hockey leagues in the world. There are eight teams, with three in Austria, two in Germany, one in Switzerland, one in Italy and one in Belarus. Because the EWHL restricts the number of non-native players on team rosters, Walker was the only American on Pantera Minsk. A Canadian player, Jess Jones from Picton, Ontario (she played at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa.) showed up a month later, becoming Walker's roommate and close friend.  Pantera Minsk ended up qualifying for the league playoffs and went on to win the championship, beating a team from Vienna, Austria, in the championship game, 6-1.  Her salary was enough "that I didn't go in debt playing over there, but I certainly didn't make anything that would be like the pro lifestyle here," she said. "But it was enough that I could enjoy the experience and not be frantic about money."  Katy has decided not to return to the team next season. She was a mathematics major in college and figures it might be time to put those studies to work.  Looking back, she said, "I'm glad I went. It was a really good experience."  And in the end, she said, "we made friendships with the girls on the team, and that was the hard part to leave. But I just kind of figured it was time for me to move on. I had a great experience, we won the championship and now it's time for me to start the next chapter of my life."

Ashley Furia to Go International

Ashley Furia, a Colorado Select alum and North Dakota 2013 graduate, is continuing her hockey career this fall in Sweden with team Linköping.  A recent post regarding the Swedish league stated that Ashley was involved in nearly upsetting Minnesota in the six period nail biter preceding the Frozen Four this past spring, and predicted that "she will be the best of the trans-atlantic players and she will play a heavy role for newcomers".  Congtratulations Ashley on "going international" and good luck!

Nicole Hensley Named to CHA 2012-13 All-Academic Team and a CHA Student Athlete of the Year

On July 29, 2013, College Hockey America (CHA) announced that Nicole Hensley, a Colorado Select alum and a freshman goaltender for the Lindenwood Lions, was named to the CHA 2012-13 All-Academic Team.  To qualify for the All-Academic team a student-athlete much have a 3.0 or higher GPA in the academic periods duirng which her team was competing. The CHA also named Nicole a CHA Student Athlete of the Year by posting a cumulative GPA of 4.0 during her freshman year.  Lindenwood lead the conference with 5 players receiving this honor out of 11 total receipients.  Congrats Nicole on a stellar freshman season between the pipes and in the classroom!

Brittany Brooks Named to ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team

Colorado Select alum and Colgate Raiders sophomore goaltender Brittany Brooks was recently named to the 2012-13 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team.  To be eligible for the All-Academic Team, players must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or have a GPA over 3.0 for the past three semesters.  Congrats Brittany on the great academic achievement and good luck during the 2013-14 season!

Trenah Stauffer Named to ECAC East All-Academic Team

Manhattanville College sophomore defensemen and Colorado Select alum Trenah Stauffer was recently named to the 2012-13 ECAC East All-Academic Team.  To be eligible for either the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year at her current institution, have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, and must have dressed in at least 50 percent (33 percent for goaltenders) of her team's games this year.  Congratulations Trenah on a great academic year!
 

Jordan Caldwell Repeats as Captain for the 2013-14 Season and is Named to the SUNYAC All-Academic Team and Commissioner's List

Colorado Select alum Jordan Caldwell, a redshirt senior forward for the Plattsburg State Cardinals, has been named co-captain  of the Cardinals for the 2013-14 season.  Jordan was also a captain during the 2012-13 season but suffered a season ending knee injury just six games into this past season. She has appeared in 91 games for the Cardinals and scored 51 points during her collegiate career.

In addition, Jordan was named to The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) 2013 Spring All-Academic Team and Commissioner's List.  To be eligible for the SUNYAC All-Academic Team a student-athlete must maintain a grade-point average of 3.3 or higher in the spring semester. Student-athletes selected to the Commissioner's List must have a grade-point average of 3.3 or higher based on three semesters at their institution.
 
Jordan has worked hard this summer to rehab her knee and is looking forward to her final campaign with the Cardinals.  Congratuations Jordan on being selected a captain again!  Keep up the great academic work and good luck your senior year!

Lyndsey Fry Named to ECAC All-Academic Team

Colorado Select  alum, Harvard junior forward and National Team member Lyndsey Fry was recently named to the 2012-13 ECAC All-Academic Team.  Players are eligible for the All-Academic Team if they earn a cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or have a GPA over 3.00 during the past three semesters.  Congrats on the great academics Lyndsey and good luck with the National Team!
 

Britney Ryan Sets Games Played Record at Trinity

Britney Ryan, a tri-captain during her 2012-13 senior season for the Trinity Bantams and a Colorado Select alum, finished her career at Trinity having played in more games (105) than any player in the team's history.  In addition, her 37 assists ranks her sixth all-time at Trinity.  Britney ranked eighth in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in scoring among blueliners during her senior campaign with 13 points (2g, 11a).  She was also selected to the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team.  During her career at Trinity, the Bantams compiled a 67-27-9 record with four straight trips to the post-season, including a NESCAC Finals appearance in 2010 that sent the Bantams to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time.  Congratulations Britney on your record-setting career at Trinity!

Lyndsey Fry Featured in Colorado Rubber Hockey Article


Fry in Her Harvard Gear

Colorado Select alum and U.S. National Team player Lyndsey Fry was featured in an article titled "Expectations High for Fry as Olympics Approach" in the Summer 2013 edition of Colorado Rubber Hockey.  The article recaps Lyndsey's career up to making the U.S. National Team.  (See stories below).

Nicole Hensley Featured in Lakewood Sentinel Article


Nicole in Net Against Wisconsin

Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley was recently featured in an article titled "Hensley Skates to National Level" in the July 11, 2013 edition of the Lakewood Sentinel (Colorado).  The article recaps Nicole's 2012-13 season as a freshman goaltender for the Lindenwood University Lions.  (See stories below).

Nicole Hensley Featured in 2012-13 Lindenwood Athletics Top 10 Moments

On July 12, 2013, Lindenwood University announced that Select Alum Nicole Hensley's NCAA record setting 90 save game against Robert Morris University in the College Hockey America playoffs on March 1, 2013 has been selected as the No. 5 Top Moment in 2012-13 Lindenwood Athletics.  In just over 108 minutes in the triple overtime game, Hensley recorded an NCAA-high 90 saves against the Colonials, which topped the previous mark of 78 saves set by Mercyhurst's Desi Clark in 2005, which came in a 112 minute triple-overtime loss against Harvard. Nicole was presented with a game puck and the official stat sheet after the game.  Head coach Vince O'Mara commented:  "The triple overtime performance by Nicole was one of the most impressive moments I have ever seen.  She absolutely stood on her head and single handedly kept us in that game. She made some great saves and showed how great her conditioning was. We all really wanted to win that one for her."  (See stories below)
 

Fry Makes U.S. Women's National Team

USA Hockey announced the 25-player roster for the U.S. Women's National Team that will train together and participate in various competitions in the build-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which includes the Colorado Select's own Lyndsey Fry, a forward. The announcement is the culmination of a seven-day selection camp that began on June 17, 2013  in Lake Placid, NY and included 41 players. The roster features 13 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders.  (See stories below).

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Hockey Jersey

Colorado Select alums Lyndsey Fry and the late Elizabeth Turgeon were the subject of a recent article out of the U.S. National Team training camp from USA Hockey and ESPN.  Lyndsey and Elizabeth were best of friends when playing for the Colorado Select.  During that time, Elizabeth made the first U.S. Under-18 Team that took home gold at the inaugural IIHF World Championship in 2008 and Lyndsey would make the next two teams.  But no matter who made what team, the pledge made inside the locker room after a loss in the semifinals of the 2010 USA Hockey National Championships in Green Bay remained. While they may have played their last youth hockey game together, some day they would reunite to lead Team USA to Olympic gold and glory.  Lyndsey is currently at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. battling with 41 of the best female hockey players for a coveted roster spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team. From that team will come the 21 players who will eventually wear the red, white and blue in Sochi, Russia at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.   She recently received a call from Reagan Carey of the U.S. Women’s Program. Turgeon’s blue jersey, with the No. 23 on the back just below her name in block letters, was unearthed from a Colorado Springs warehouse. Carey wanted the Turgeon family to have it. After talking it over, Fry made a case to bring the jersey with her through her Olympic odyssey, however long it may last.  “It’s been in my suitcase the whole time I’m here, but just knowing that I have it, whether on the plane with me or in the car coming over here, it’s always in the back of my mind,” she says.  "In the future I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but it’s incredibly special to me.”  And if she does complete the final leg in this long journey and makes it to Sochi, Fry knows that Turgeon will be there too.

Colorado Select Congratulates "Newest Alums"!

The Colorado Select congratulates its newest set of alums and wishes them well in college beginning next fall:

Katharine Armstrong - University of Massachuesetts-Boston - ECAC East - DIII

Kaelyn Daniel - Colorado School of Mines

Kristen Embrey - University of Massachusetts-Boston - ECAC East - DIII

Drue Engleman - St. Olaf College - MIAC - DIII

Courtney Gacek - Metropolitan State College of Denver

Wylie Handleman - Undecided

Michelle Harcrow - Colorado State University - ACHA - Club DI

Taryn Harris - Manhattanville College - ECAC East - DIII

Amanda Hefner - University of North Dakota

KC McGinley - University of Massachusetts-Boston - ECAC East - DIII

Kacee Medved - St. Benedicts College - MIAC -DIII

Taylor Newlun - Undecided

Madison Smith - Minnesota State University - Mankato

Congratulations girls on a great club career and best of luck in the future!  Don't forget about the academics!


 

Erin Wente Wins Russell O. Sunderland Memorial Trophy

Erin Wente, a senior co-captain forward for the Vermont Catamounts and a Colorado Select alum, won the Russell O. Sunderland Memorial Trophy given to the senior male and female Vermont student-athletes who, throughout their college careers, havs demonstrated a high level of athletic achievement and exemplified the qualities of character, leadership and persistence in overcoming obstacles. Last season Wente's father who encouraged and supported his daughter throughout her hockey career passed away while playing the sport they shared a passion for in Arizona. Wente, a captain each of the last two seasons, missed just one weekend of games. The team wore MW decals on their helmets to honor Wente's father Michael. This season she became the all-time Division I leading scorer at Vermont. In 123 games for the Catamounts over the last four seasons she had 27 goals and 20 assists for 47 points. Wente was named the Hockey East Gladiator Best Defensive Forward as a senior and helped guide the women's hockey team to its first ever Division I playoff appearance as the Catamounts advanced to the Hockey East Quarterfinals and set a program record for wins and points in league play.

Taylor Gross Earns Academic All-Big Ten Honors

Colorado Select Alum and current Penn State Junior Team Captain Taylor Gross recently earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades as student-athlete (the Penn State woman's ice hockey team plays in the College Hockey America conference). To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.  Keep up the good work Taylor!

Nicole Hensley Wins Lindenwood 2013 Athletic Awards

Colorado Select Alum and current Lindenwood University netminder Nicole Hensley was named the Best Female First-Year Competitor at Lindenwood and won the Stat of the Year Award for Lindenwood as selected by The Legacy, the student newspaper of Lindenwood University.  With respect to the Best Female First-Year Competitor award, Michael Sprague of The Legacy stated:  "Hensley's play was outstanding all year long, but when the ladies strung a lot of wins together at the end of the year, it all started with Hensley remaining rock-solid."  Hensley won the Stat of the Year Award for her 90 saves in a College Hockey America playoff game against Robert Morris University, an NCAA Division I record.  Taylor Land of The Legacy stated:  "It's extremely impressive for a team to put the puck on net 92 times in a game at any level.  Even more impressive, Hensley saved 90 of them."  Ironically, Nicole won the Best Female First-Year Competitor Award over fellow nominiee and Women's Lacrosse Team freshman standout Maddie Osello, also of Lakewood, Colorado and a classmate of Nicole's at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood.  In addition, at the Lindenwood Honors Convocation Hensley was named to the Lion Honor Roll - NCAA recognizing student athletes for academic performance as recommended by their coaches.

The awards topped off a stellar freshman campaign for Hensley, as she won the Lindenwood Female Student Athlete of the Week Award, three CHA weekly Honor Roll awards, five CHA Rookie of the Week Awards, and the CHA Rookie of the Month Award; was named to the CHA All-Rookie Team (unanimous), to the CHA All Conference Second Team, CHA Rookie of the Year and to the USCHO National All-Rookie Team; and was invited to the Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (See stories below).

Select Alum Lyndsey Fry Invited to National Team Olympic Selection Camp

Lyndsey Fry, a Colorado Select alumni and current forward at Harvard, was one of 41 players invited by USA Hockey to attend the  U.S. Women's National Team Selection Camp that will take place at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., June 16-23, 2013.  The camp, which will consist of daily practices, off-ice testing, and three intrasquad scrimmages, will be used to determine the U.S. Women's National Team roster that will train together and participate in various competitions in the build-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.  USA Hockey will unveil the players selected to the U.S. Women's National Team on June 24 and that group will continue to train in Lake Placid until June 27.  The final 21-player U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team roster is expected to be announced in late December 2013.  Earlier this year, Lyndsey was one of 23 Team USA players to help win the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF Woman's World Championships in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (See stories below).  Good luck Lyndsey!

Nicole Hensley Attends Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp

Lindenwood University freshman goaltender and Colorado Select 2012 alum Nicole Hensley was one of twelve women goalies in the country selected to attend the sixth annual Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp from May 9-12 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The camp features the top goaltenders eligible for international play in select age groups.

The four-day elite camp covers the physical and mental aspects of the goaltending position, helping each goaltender master the fundamentals of the position while developing a personal identity that translates into game success.

The camp is led by Mike Ayers, the goaltending coach of USA Hockey's National Team Development program and the coordinator of the organization's Warren Strelow National Goaltending Mentor Program. Also coaching at the camp are Ty Conklin, former NHL and World Championship goaltender, and former NHL and Olympic goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck.

Hensley was named the top rookie goalie in NCAA Division I after her stellar freshman season in 2012-13. She led the nation with 1083 saves. She had a 3.42 GAA and a .922 save percentage for the Lady Lions.

Molli Mott Named St. Cloud Times Star of the Season

Molli Mott, a Colorado Select Alum and current junior forward for St. Cloud State, on April 21 was named the St. Cloud Times Star of the Season for the St. Cloud Woman's ice hockey program.  Molli tied for the team lead in points this past season with 22.  Congratulations Molli and have a strong senior campaign in 2013-14!

Click the video below to see Lyndsey's two goals against Dartmouth in the ECAC playoffs and her post-game interview.

Lyndsey Fry Helps Team USA Win Gold

Colorado Select Alum Lyndsey Fry, a current Harvard University junior forward, was one of 23 players on the roster for Team USA in its winning of a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF Women's World Championship in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on April 2-9 (see stories below).  The USA Hockey Women's National Team defeated Canada 3-2 to claim gold in the championship game and  went 4-0-0-1 during the week-long tournament. Team USA outscored its opponents 17-7 during the five games.  Lyndsey played in 4 games and had 6 shots on goal.  During the 2012-13 season, Lyndsey helped the Crimson post a 24-7-3 record and carry Harvard to its first NCAA tournament berth since 2010. Fry, a native of Chandler, Ariz., was second on the team with 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points and tied for the squad's lead with five game-winning scores.  Lyndsey is the first male or female ice hockey player born in Arizona to be selected to Team USA. The Colorado Select is very proud of Team USA and especially our own Lyndsey!  Congratulations and good luck at the 2014 Olympic Games!

Nicole Hensley Named to National All Rookie Team

Lindenwood women's hockey goalie Nicole Hensley, a Colorado Select Alumni, was named to the National USCHO All-Rookie team on Friday, March 28.  Hensley was joined on the National All-Rookie team by defensemen Erin Ambrose (Colgate) and Alexis Crossley (New Hampshire), and forwards Hanna Brandt (Minnesota), Haley Skarupa (Boston College), and Sarah Lefort (Boston).

Hensley led the nation last season with 1083 saves (see story below) and was 17th with a .922 save percentage. In conference play, she had a 7-4-3 record with a 2.39 GAA and a .939 save percentage. Hensley made headlines earlier in the month when she made 90 saves in a CHA playoff game against Robert Morris, 12 more than the NCAA Division I record for saves in a game (see story below).

Hensley was selected a second-team all-CHA performer this season. She was also named to the conference All-Rookie team and was the CHA Rookie of the Year (see story below).

Maura Allen Named to 2013 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team

Colorado Select Alum and current Bowdoin College junior defensemen Maura Allen has been named to the 2013 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team.  To be honored, a student-athlete  must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35.  Maura helped the team win the NESCAC Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.  Congratulations Maura and thanks for being an exemplar "Athlete-Student"!

Jeanette Bateman Featured in The Greeley Tribune Article

Colorado Select Alum and current Penn State defenseman Jeanette Bateman was featured in a March 14, 2013 article in The Greeley Tribune discussing options for high school graduates playiing hockey in the Greeley area.  The article described Nette as a "standout student-athlete" recently finishing her freshman season seeing action in 35 games, scoring one goal and recording four assists.  Good luck in your sophomore campaign Nette!

Nicole Hensley Named College Hockey America Rookie of the Year, Second Team All Conference and to the All Rookie Team

At the College Hockey America Tournament Banquet held on March 7, Nicole Hensley, 2011 Colorado Select alum and Lindenwood University freshman goalie,was named the CHA Rookie of the Year, was a unanimous selection to the All Rookie Team and was selected Second Team All Conference.  The Rookie of the Year Award is given to a first year player among those nominated for consideration who has shown skill, ability, and leadership beyond that expected of a player in her rookie year.  Nicole is eligible for the National Rookie of the Year as selected by conference commissioners.

She is first in the nation among goaltenders with 1083 saves, a Lindenwood record, and finished conference play with 557 saves, first all-time in CHA history, along with a 2.39 GAA.  Nicole finished second in the CHA with a .939 save percentage in league games, just .001 percent behind the league leader.  She finished the season with a overall 3.42 GAA and a .922 save percentage.  Hensley's final game of the season was one of the most memorable in the history of NCAA Division I hockey. She stopped 90 shots in the triple-overtime conference tournament game against Robert Morris University, 12 more saves than the NCAA Division I record. She allowed just two goals in that game and had a save percentage of .978 (see story below). Nicole was a five-time CHA Rookie of the Week selection, was named the CHA February Rookie of the Month and was named to the CHA Honor Roll four times (see stories below).  Congratulations on an outstanding freshman season Nicole!

 

Erin Wente Named Hockey East Gladiator Best Defensive Forward

Erin Wente, Colorado Select alum and current Vermont senior co-captain, was named  the Hockey East Gladiator Best Defensive Forward for the 2012-13 season.  Jim Plumer, head coach of the Vermont Catamounts stated:  "I'm thrilled that Erin has been recognized by the other Hockey East coaches for her gritty, two-way play.  Erin was really the soul of our team this year and her drive and competitive mindset is what I believe made her the perfect candidate for this award,” continued Plumer. “She's a phenomenal role model who brought her best to the rink every day and it was an honor to have coached her. We will be talking about Erin Wente's contributions to Vermont women's hockey for many years to come.”
 

Wente played in 123 games for the Catamounts over the last four seasons. She became Vermont's all-time Division I leading goal scorer this season with a goal against Colgate on January 6. She had 27 goals and 20 assists for 47 points in her career.  Wente and the Catamounts set several program records over the course of this season. Vermont scored a team record 71 goals en route to earning the program's first ever Division I playoff berth.  Congratulations Erin on a great hockey career!

Jordan Slavin and Ashley Furia Earn WCHA Academic Honors

Select Alums Jodan Slavin, a senior defenseman, and Ashley Furia, a senior forward/defensemen, for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, have earned 2012-13 All-WCHA Academic Team Honors.  To qualify for the All-WCHA Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at their present institution prior to the current academic year and have a GPA of at least 3.0 for the previous two semesters or three quarters.

In addition, Jordan was the receipient of the WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award for 2012-13.  This was the third time she has won the award.  To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at her present institution.

Jordan and Ashley were able to play their final shift together as seniors at North Dakota on home ice as time ran out in a victory over Minnesota State on March 2 and then returned to the ice to give the fans one more victory lap and another salute at center ice.  Slavin, Furia and their Fighting Sioux teammates are currently preparing to face the Minnesota Gophers in the NCAA woman's ice hockey quarterfinals.  Congratulations Jordan and Ashley on the honor and good luck in the NCAA tournament!

Nicole Hensley Earns 5th College Hockey America Rookie of the Week Award

Colorado Select Alum and Lindenwood University freshman goaltender Nicole Hensley earned the College Hockey America Rookie of the Week Award on March 4.  This was the 5th time Hensley has won the award this season (3 of which were consecutive), along with one CHA Rookie of the Month Award for the month of February 2013 and 4 CHA Honor Roll Awards.  For the week, Nicole had a .960 save percentage and a 1.83 GAA in three games. She went 1-1-0 in the series with Syracuse, including making 42 of 43 saves in Lindenwood’s 2-1 win, the first win for Lindenwood over the Orange. In game one of the CHA Tournament against Robert Morris, she made 90 saves, 12 more than the NCAA Division I record for a game. The 90 saves set a CHA Tournament single-game and single-tournament record, and was a new Lindenwood single-game record. She had a .978 save percentage in that contest. For the week, Hensley made 168 saves and finished the season with 1083.  For the season, Hensley finished with a .922 save percentage and she recorded 1083 saves on the year, which is a new Lindenwood single-season record.

Hensley Sets NCAA D-I Record with 90 Saves

Lindenwood Lions women's ice hockey goalie and Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley became the first NCAA Division I goalie to record over 80 saves in a game. The true freshman finished with 90 saves, but Lindenwood fell in triple overtime to Robert Morris (Pa.) by a 2-1 score. The game was the first in a best-of-three series in the first round of the College Hockey America Tournament.  Hensley bettered the NCAA Division I record of 78 saves which is held by Desi Clark of Mercyhurst. However, Hensley's record won't officially become the new NCAA mark since Lindenwood is in its provisional year of moving to the NCAA level. Hensley's 90 saves are a new Lindenwood record and also set CHA Tournament records for most saves in a game and most saves in a tournament.  Hensley kept the Lady Lions in the game despite being outshot 92-42. She made 51 saves in regulation and had another 39 saves in over 48 minutes of overtime play. The game was also the longest contest played in the history of the CHA Tournament.

Hannah Smith Recives Second Consecutive NCHA All-Academic Team Award

Hannah Smith, a Colorado Select alum and sophomore forward for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, was selected to the 2013 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) All-Academic Team for her performance in the classroom this season.  This was the second consecutive year that Hannah has received the award.  The honor is given annually to hockey student-athletes who earn a 3.5 or higher grade point average.  Hannah is currently majoring in dietetics.  In addition, Hannah delivered the game-winning goal for UW-Stevens Point in their last regular season game against Adrian college in an overtime mini-game to send the team into the NCHA semifinals.  Congratulation Hannah on a great first two years of college!

Hensley Receives College Hockey America Rookie of the Month Award for February

Lindenwood University women's hockey goalie Nicole Hensley, freshman and Select Alum, was named the CHA Rookie of the Month for February. She is the first Lindenwood player to win one of the CHA monthly awards.  Hensley was the top reason why Lindenwood had its best month of its NCAA history in February. She went 5-1-2 in goal, allowed just over two goals a game, and had a save percentage of .946. Hensley, who won three consecutive CHA Freshman of the Week awards during February, saved at least 90 percent of the shots she faced in every game but one, and had over a .960 save percentage in half of the games.  One of her top performances was saving 42 of 43 shots in a 2-1 overtime victory over Syracuse. She saved a month-high 49 shots in a 4-2 win over Robert Morris. Hensley had three games of allowing just one goal, and two others with allowing a pair of goals. Hensley allowed just six power-play goals during the month and helped hold the opposing team scoreless on the power play four times, and only allowed more than one power-play goal in a game once.

 

Fry Named Second Team All Ivy League and Third Team ECAC All League

Colorado Select Alum Lyndsey Fry, a junior forward for the Harvard Crimson and a staple their first line, was selected to the second team All Ivy League and Third Team ECAC All League for the 2012-13 season.  Congratulations on a nice season Lyndsey!

Select Alums Taggart, O'Neil and Sunness Lead Stevenson in Inaugural Season

Colorado Select Alums and current Stevenson Mustang freshman forwards McKenzie Taggart and Molly O'Neil concluded the Mustangs' inaugural season as the leading scorers for the team, both netting 6 goals with Taggart notching 7 assists while O'Neil picked up 6 assists.  In the final game of the inaugural season against Buffalo State, McKenzie scored the first shorthanded goal in Stevenson progam history.  Freshman Emma Sunness, another Colorado Select alum, also logged plenty of ice time for the Mustangs on the defensive end.  With the strong Colorado Select influence on the Stevenson program, next year should be even more successful for the Mustangs!

Nicole Hensley Three-Peats as College Hockey America Rookie of the Week

Nicole Hensley, freshman goaltender for the Lindenwood Lions and a Colorado Select alum, made it three in a row as she earned the CHA Rookie of the Week award for the third straight week for the week of February 18. Hensley has now won the award four times this season and has been named to the CHA Honor Roll three times this season (see stories below).  Hensley led Lindenwood to its first ever CHA series sweep on Feb. 15-16 with 3-2 and 4-2 victories over Robert Morris. She made 88 saves on the week, had a 1.99 GAA, and a .957 save percentage. In the first game of the series, she stopped 39 shots. Sixteen of those saves came in the first period as she kept the game close despite Lindenwood being outshot by a 17-5 margin. She also stopped 11 shots in that game while Robert Morris was on the power play and held the Colonials to 0-for-five with a man advantage. In Saturday's victory, Hensley made 49 saves, stopped all 26 shots that she faced in the third period and allowed no power play goals in the game on 7 shots.  Nicole now leads the CHA in league games with a .939 save percentage. She is 4-0-2 during Lindenwood's current six-game unbeaten streak.

Click below, from left to right, to see CHA Highlight video, Nicole's post-game interview video after Coach O'Mara on Friday night and Coach O'Mara's post-game interview video comments about Nicole on Saturday night.

Taylor Gross and Jeanette Bateman Featured in Big Ten Network Report and Penn State Hockey Videos

Penn State junior forward Taylor Gross, the first NCAA captain of the Nittany Lions and a Colorado Select alum (see story below), was interviewed by the Big Ten Network in their video report on Penn State's first NCAA D-1 ice hockey season.  Colorado Select alum Jeanette Bateman, a freshman defenseman for the Nittany Lions (see story below), can also be seen in the video.  Taylor is also featured in a Penn State video displaying the new uniforms and discussing the inaugural season for the Nittany Lions and also in the Penn State Media Day video, while Jeanette is featured in a "Meet Nette" introductory video for Penn State.


Jeanette Bateman

Sarah Nelson Named ECAC West Rookie of the Week

Potsdam Bears freshman forward Sarah Nelson, a 2012 Colorado Select Alum, was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference West Rookie of the Week for her play during the week ending February 17.  In a two game series with Buffalo State that the Bears needed to sweep to qualify for the ECAC West playoffs, Sarah had an assist on the game winning goal in a 4-3 win on Saturday and scored the lone goal in the Bears 1-0 win in Sunday's battle.  The game winner in the 1-0 victory on the Bears Senior Day came as Sarah jammed home her own rebound.  The victory pushed Potsdam over Cortland and Neumann for the last playoff spot in the ECAC West Tournament where the Bears will play Utica in the first round.  The Bears have now reached the playoffs in three of their first five seasons and for the second consecutive season.  Keep it up into the playoffs Sarah!

Hensley Earns Back-to-Back College Hockey America Rookie of the Week Awards

Nicole Hensley, a Select alum and freshman goaltender for Lindenwood University, earned the College Hockey America Conference Rookie of the Week Award for the second consecutive week and the third time this season (see story below). Nicole won the award for the week of February 11, 2012 for her play the prior weekend at Penn State, helping Lindenwood have a season-high four game unbeaten streak .  Against Penn State, Nicole went 1-0-1 with a 1.93 GAA and .938 save percentage, making 60 saves on 64 shots in the 2-game series.  Over her last four games against RIT and Penn State, she has a 1.93 GAA and a .942 save percentage.  Nicole currently leads the College Hockey America Conference with 827 saves on the season and is second in minutes played for goalies at 1247.

Nicole Hensley Earns Second CHA Rookie of the Week Award

Lindenwood Lion's freshman goaltender, Nicole Hensley, a Select alum, earned the College Hockey America Conference Rookie of the Week Award for the week of February 4, 2012 for the second time this season (see one of the stories below).  She has also been named to the College Hockey America Conference Honor Roll three times this season (see one of the stories below).  Nicole won the award for her play the prior weekend against RIT during Lindenwood's Paint the Rink Pink Weekend to raise money to fight breast cancer.  Against RIT Nicole went 1-0-1 with a 1.92 GAA and .946 save percentage, with no even strength goals scored against her while making 70 saves in the 2-game series.

Below, from left to right, CHA highlight video, Nicole's post-game interview video after Coach O'Mara for the first game, and post-game interview video of Coach O'Mara and Nicole's teammates discussing her after the second game.

Nicole Hensley Named to CHA Honor Roll

Select Alum and Lindenwood Lions freshman goaltender Nicole Hensley was named to the College Hockey America Honor Roll for the third time this season (see story below) for the week of January 14, 2012 for her play the prior weekend against Robert Morris University.  She picked up a 5-2 win on Friday night with a .942 save percentage.  Nicole had a .924 save percentage for the weekend, saving 73 of 79 shots before leaving the game Saturday with a concussion with 7 minutes minutes to play.  Recuperate fast Nicole!

Jordan Caldwell Named Captain at Plattsburgh State

Plattsburgh State Cardinals forward Jordan Caldwell, a Select Alum, has been named a captain of the Cardinals for the 2012-13 ice hockey season.  The Cardinals are currently undefeated and ranked #1 in the nation in D-III.  Although this is Jordan's senior season, she recenlty tore her ACL.  As a result, she is redshirting this year and will play a redshirt senior season for the Cardinals next year.  Good luck Jordan!

Aimee Dennett Named Captain of Williams Ephs

Colorado Select Alum Aimee Dennett has been named a captain of the Williams College Ephs for her senior season.  Head coach Meghan Gillis stated that Dennett is a strong leader and has a "tireless work ethic".  Congrats Aimee!

Erin Wente Sets Vermont Career Scoring Record

Alum Erin Wente, senior forward for the Vermont Catamounts, scored the 26th goal of her career against the Colgate Raiders, setting the career D-I scoring record for Vermont.  Erin is also the Catamounts' Team Captain this year. Congratulations Erin for a setting a great career mark!

Avery Kauffman Leads New England College Past St. Michael's College

Avery Kauffman, a Colorado Select alum and sophomore for New England College, netted two goals and dished out an assist in a three-point game to lead the New England College Pilgrims past the visiting St. Michael's College Purple Knights in a 5-1 victory on January 26.  Good luck the rest of the seaon Avery!
 

O'Neil Shines in Codfish Bowl

Molly O'Neil, Select Alum and Stevenson College Mustangs forward, netted her second game-winning goal and team leading fifth goal of the season to lead Stevenson to a 3-1 win over Plymouth State in the consolation game of the 6th Annual Codfish Bowl tournament hosted by UMass-Boston.  Molly is tied with Colorado Select Alum McKenzie Taggart, also of Stevenson College, for 15th in the nation in points per game for rookies, each with 10 points in 12 games.

Jeanette Bateman Accomplishes a First for Penn State

Colorado Select Alum and Penn State freshman defenseman Jeanette Bateman  became the first player in Penn State D-I ice hockey history to record 3 assists in a game during Penn State's 10-0 win over Chatham University.

5th Annual Alumni Game and Winter Hockey Festival A Huge Success

The Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association held its 5th Annual Alumni Game and Winter Hockey Festival at the Edge Ice Arena on Saturday, December 22, 2012.  One of the main attractions of the event was the unveiling of the new CSGHA trophy case outside the CSGHA office.  Although it took some time in coming together, the final result is fantastic to showcase the association trophies and awards, including the medals won at Nationals.  The festivities started out with a silent auction of great sports and other items, along with event booths, which included the hardest shot competition.  The highlight of the day was a standing room only crowd for the battle between the current U19AAA team and the CSGHA Alumni back in town for the big game.  The game was followed by an autograph session by the alums. 

After introductions of all the players by CSGHA director Marnie Hill and the playing of the Canadian and U.S. National Anthems, the hockey battle was on.  The crowd enjoyed having Colorado Avalanche play-by-play announcer Mike Haynes call the action.  The game was initially close, but later broke open by the alumni lead by Molli Mott of St. Cloud State who notched 4 goals in the contest.  The alums skated home with an 8-2 win, bringing the alumni record to 2-3 in the annual battle enjoyed by all.  The alumni returning this year to play or watch the game included:

Lauren Davis - Yale University

Taylor Gross - Penn State University

Chloe Williams - Lindenwood University

Kendall Curtis - Ohio State University

Maddy Charbonneau - University of Denver

Kerry Mayhew - University of Wisconsin - Superior

Shara Jasper - University of Minnesota - Duluth

Molli Mott - St. Cloud State University

Jeanette Bateman - Penn State University

Maura Allen - Bowdoin College

Avery Kauffmann - New England College

Mel LaTerra - Fordham University

Brooke Valbert - Colorado State University

Alex Kuhn - Colorado State University

Melanie Sherlock - Salve Regina University

Alex Bresler - Elmira College

Channing Ahbe - University of Miami - Ohio

Paige Mount - Concordia College

Shannon Ellis - Salve Regina University

May Wilkerson - Colorado State University

Breanna Snyder - Colorado State University

Hannah Harvey - Trinity College

Sierra Dell - St. Mary's University

Nicole Hensley - Lindenwood University

Amanda Vandenberg - Colorado State University

Alexandra Karlis - University of Massachuesetts - Boston

Sarah Nelson - Potsdam State University

Leah Nelson - Rockhurst University

Meghan Nelson - Franklin Pierce Unviversity

Britney Ryan - Trinity College

Ava Plamondon - University of Wisconsin - Stephens Point

Ashley Furia - University of North Dakota

Emma Sunness - Stevenson University

Molly O'Neil - Stevenson University

 

Check out additional photos of the game (265 total!) by Chris Goione at http://www.monmouthsportsphotos.com.  Thanks Chris!

Select Alum Goes International With Professional Contract

Katy Walker, a CSGHA Alum and former Elmira College Soaring Eagle defenseman, has become the first Elmira College woman's ice hockey player to sign a professional contract.  Katy is currenty living in Minsk, Belarus and playing for the Pantera Hockey Club.  The team plays in the EWHL, comprised mostly of teams from western Europe - Italy, Switerland, Germany, Austria and Hungry.  Katie reports that everyone speaks Russian, but a few know English to help her translate and she lives with a Canadian she can talk to!  Congrats Katie for taking the Colorado Select both professional and international!

Hensley Named CHA Rookie of the Week

Select Alum Nicole Hensley, freshman goalie for the Lindenwood Lions, was named the College Hockey America Rookie of the Week for the week of December 17, 2012 for a weekend series with RIT, becoming the first Lady Lion to earn the Rookie of the Week Award and just the second Lady Lion ever to win a CHA Award. She also earned the first star of the game on RIT home ice. Select Alum Chloe Williams also played defense for Lindenwood against RIT.  Read more at: http://www.lindenwoodlions.com/news/2012/12/17/WHOCKEY_1217122538.aspx?path=whockey and at http://www.chawomenshockey.com/news/2012-13_News/awardwinners121712.  Click below to see the CHA highlight video.
 
Nicole was also named to the College Hockey America Honor Roll on October 1, 2012 for her first two collegiate starts against Ohio State on September 28-29, 2012 (read more at http://www.chawomenshockey.com/news/2012-13_News/awardwinners10112), and on November 19, 2012 for her series against Penn State on November 16-17, 2012 in which she notched her first collegiate win (5 -1)  (read more at http://www.chawomenshockey.com/news/2012-13_News/awardwinners111912).  Williams and Hensley played against Select Alumni Kendall Curtis (forward) in the Ohio State series and Janette Bateman (defense) and Taylor Gross (forward) in the Penn State series.  Hensley was also nominated for the College Hockey America Rookie of the Month for December 2012.

Click to watch the CHA highlight video

McKenzie Taggart Fuels First Ever Win for Stevenson Mustangs

 
McKenzie Taggart, a forward on the first Stevenson Mustangs woman's ice hockey team and a Colorado Select Alum, propelled the Mustangs to their first ever victory in school history in the second ever game in school history. Taggart had two assists to help lift Stevenson past Buffalo State. Colorado Select Alumni Molly O'Neil (forward) and Emma Sunness (defense) also played for the Mustangs. Read the full story at http://www.gomustangsports.com/sports/wice/2012-13/releases/20121027b0e53y

Select Alum Britany Ryan Named Captain of Trinity Bantams

Senior Britany Ryan, a Colorado Select Alum playing defense for the Trinity Bantams, has been named a captain for the 2012-13 season. Read the full story at http://athletics.trincoll.edu/sports/wice/2012-13/releases/Women-s_Ice_Hockey_31213.

She has the durable distinction of having played in every game of her collegiate career and has twice been named to the NESCAC All Academic Team.  Read more at http://athletics.trincoll.edu/sports/wice/2012-13/bios/RYAN_BRITNEY. Congratulations Britany!

Sarah Nelson Scores in 1st Collegiate Game

Colorado Select Alum Sarah Nelson scored a goal in her first college game skating as a forward for the SUNY-Potsdam Bears in the season opener against Salve Regina University. Way to go Sarah - keep it up! Read the full story at http://www.potsdambears.com/news/2012/10/27/WHOCKEY_1027122013.aspx?path=whockey

Mott Featured in University Chronicle Article

Colorado Select Alum Molli Mott, currently a forward for the St. Cloud State Huskies, was featured by the University Chronicle in an article titled "Humble Molli Mott Has High Hopes for Season" in which she is described by a teammate as a creative and crafty player that has a way of finding the back of the net. Read the full story at http://www.universitychronicle.net/index.php/2012/10/05/right-wing-molli-mott-hoping-for-good-season/

Wente Named Catamounts Team Captain

Erin Wente, Colorado Select Alum and Senior Forward for the Vermont Catamounts, was named team captain for the 2012 - 13 season after serving as an assistant team captain during the 2011-12 season. Congratulations Erin! Read the full story at http://uvmathletics.com/news/2012/9/26/WHOCKEY_0926124652.aspx?path=whockey

Fry Leads Team USA to Gold at Four Nations Cup in Finland

Lyndsey Fry, Colorado Select Alum and current Harvard Crimson hockey player, helped the USA Women's National Hockey Team capture gold at the recent Four Nations Cup tournament held in Vantaa, Finland. Fry scored her first international goal, one that would prove to be the game-winner, in a 15-1 rout of Finland in round robin play. She also added two assists in the game to total three points. Team USA shutout Canada in a 3-0 win for the gold medal. Read the full story at:

http://www.gocrimson.com/sports/wice/2012-13/releases/20121111t2lufl

In addition, Fry was featured in an article by USA Hockey after making the Four Nations Cup roster. Read the article at: http://www.usahockey.com/Womens/Features/Fry.aspx


 

Select Alum, Nicole Hensley, Named Athlete of the Week!

Select Alumni, Nicole Hensley (Lindenwood University) was named Athlete of the Week at Lindenwood University.  Nicole stopped over 92 percent of the shots that she faced last weekend against Minnesota State, a squad receiving votes in a NCAA Division I national poll. She kept Lindenwood in both games by stopping 40 shots on Friday and 42 on Saturday. Three of the seven goals she allowed over the weekend came on power plays

Select Alum, Fry, chosen to play for the US Women's National U22 Team!

Former Select Alumni, Lindsey Fry (Harvard University) was selected to the US Women's National U22 Team.  Congratulations to Lindsey!  http://www.usahockey.com/Template_Usahockey.aspx?NAV=TU_02_05_01&id=318433

CSGHA Alumni, Taylor Gross, Named Penn State Captain!

Former Select Player, Taylor Gross will be Penn State's 1st ever NCAA Women's Captain!  Gross will lead Penn State in their first NCAA Division I Season!  Click here to read more!