MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) announced the league's All-Conference Team selections Thursday, naming five from Morrisville State to its first, second, third and all-rookie teams.
Freshman Vanessa Klimpke (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Kaitlyn Schlake (Nampa, ID) earned first team honors, teammate Renee Stevenson (Winnipeg, Manitoba) a nod for second team, while Kanekaroroks McComber (Kahnawake, Quebec) and Ciara Lark (Mildmay, Ontario) each received third team accolades.
Klimpke, also the 2016-17 CHC Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Team selection as a forward, led Morrisville State in scoring on the year, posting 20 goals and adding 12 assists for 32 team points for the high powered offense that averaged 3.76 goals per game. Klimpke had five games where she posted multiple scores, including a single game high four goals and an assist against Salem State. She had a four point outing against Canton, netting two scores while assisting two others.
Klimpke finished the season ranked first in the conference in points (32), is second in goals scored (20), ranks fifth in assists (12) and ranks fourth in game winning goals (3). She was a Rookie of the Week selection twice on the season for the Mustangs.
Schlake was the top ranked defenseman in the conference, collecting a league best on-ice rating of +27 across 25 games, while posting a league leading 15 points from the blue line.
The sophomore All-Conference selection last season posted six goals to rank second among all defenders and rank fourth in assists (9). Her efforts led to a selection on the D3hockey.com Team of the Week on January 12.
Stevenson, freshman forward for Morrisville State, was the second leading scorer for the Mustangs in her inaugural collegiate season, netting nine goals and assisting a team best 19 assists for 28 team points for the high powered offense that averaged 3.76 goals per game.
She registered at least one point in 16 games this season, and finished the regular season ranked third in points (28) in the conference, tenth in goals (9), first in assists (19) and third in hat tricks. Her lone hat trick of the year came in the victory over Nichols as she recorded a single game high five points.
The freshman earned Rookie of the Week honors for the conference on November 15, and was named the Player of the Week on November 28.
McComber, senior forward for the Mustangs, played a key role in leading Morrisville State back to the CHC Championship Tournament as the second seed.
The senior ranked third on the team in scoring this season, as she posted 21 points behind eight goals and 13 assists. McComber finished the regular season ranked sixth in the conference in points (21), was fourth in assists (13), and was third in on-ice rating (+22).
The Mustangs captain had at least one point in 15 games on the year, and her efforts on the ice led to her being selected to the conference's honor roll on November 8.
Lark, sophomore defenseman, compiled 11 points across the season from the blue line for the Mustangs this season, recording one goal and assisting 10.
The sophomore ranked second among all defensemen in assists in the conference (10), and was second in on-ice rating with +20.
Morrisville State (18-6-1) earned a bye in the opening round of the CHC Tournament after finishing with an 8-4 overall conference record. They will await their opponent following the quarterfinal round this Saturday.
One of the Mustangs conference wins came against Endicott College, who earned the overall top seed and will be hosting the semifinals and final round March 4th and 5th.
Tournament information will be announced once released by the conference office and Endicott.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.