Finalists Named for League’s Best Defensive Forward Award

Reagan Fischer, Dartmouth (l); Alisa Harrison, Rensselaer (c); & Chelsea Karpenko, Cornell (r)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced the finalists for the 2012 Women’s Best Defensive Forward Award. Reagan Fischer, Dartmouth, Alisa Harrison from Rensselaer and Cornell’s Chelsea Karpenko have each been nominated as finalists for the honor by the League’s coaches.

One of the all-around leaders for Dartmouth, Reagan Fischer continued to develop into a solid player at both ends of the ice for the Big Green during her senior campaign in Hanover. The Irma, Alberta native was the player who the Big Green counted on to be the responsible center. She was a +25 on a team that did not overpower teams with its scoring. Her five-on-five and penalty-kill play defensively was exceptional all season. She also had 14 blocked shots in conference play. Fischer ranked second on the team in goals (10) and third (21) in points in conference action. She scored three game-winning goals and one shorthanded goal as well.

A mainstay and key component on both Rensselaer’s power-play and penalty-kill units, Alisa Harrison has been a reliable player appearing in every game (141) for the Engineers since arriving in Troy in 2008-09. Harrison, the team’s captain, finished third on the team in scoring; ranked second overall in total assists; led the team in total shots (99); and recorded the most blocked shots among the team’s forwards (21). Harrison also posted second-best plus/minus on the team (+4). She was penalized just seven times on the season. She was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week (10/4/11).

Rounding out the finalists is Chelsea Karpenko, a senior, who led the Big Red with six power-play goals this season and also netted three game-winners. She scored (0.90) points per game this year in conference action, and her six power-play points put her in the top 20 in power-play scoring in league-play. Karpenko's plus-15 was also good enough to place her in the upper tier among her counterparts in the conference plus/minus category. On the defensive side, Karpenko is a physical player who rarely lets opposing forwards get past her. She blocks shots regularly and was part of a Cornell roster that gave up a league-low 28 goals this year.

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