Linnick, Fagan, Connor named All-NEHC
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Just two days before opening the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Tournament, a program record three members of the Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team were honored with All-NEHC recognition as the league announced its all-conference teams and major awards winners on Thursday.
Senior Sydney Linnick (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was selected to the All-NEHC Second Team, while classmates Alexis Fagan (Burrillville, R.I.) and Caitlin Connor (Bow, N.H.) each earned Third Team honors.
A 5-9 defenseman, Linnick had an outstanding season. She registered career highs of 12 assists and 14 points to finish second in the league in defenseman scoring. Her 12 assists ranked seventh in the conference, while her seven power play points were tied for fifth-most in the NEHC. She opened the season with a bang, logging three helpers in the Panthers' season opening, 5-4 overtime setback at NCAA Division I Franklin Pierce and added multipoint games against New England College and Johnson & Wales. It was her first NEHC postseason honor.
A 5-6 forward, Fagan will leave Plymouth State at the end of the season as the most prolific scorer in program history. Her 18 goals shattered the previous school record and rank second in the NEHC, while her 22 points this winter also set a new school standard and are tied for the sixth-most in the conference. She tallied her first career hat trick in the Panthers' 8-3 win over D-I Saint Michael's on Nov. 26, sparking a remarkable stretch during which she scored 14 goals over a 13-game span. She also owns PSU's records for career goals (40) and career points (56). It was Fagan's first all-conference nod.
A 5-3 forward, Connor has also enjoyed a career year with personal highs in goals scored and points. Her 16 points rank among the top-20 in the NEHC, while her seven goals are tied for 22nd in the league. She has been a key component on the Panthers' power play, totaling six points for the league's third best power play unit. She logged a point in each of PSU's first four games and recorded multipoint games in each of the Panthers' final three games of the fall semester. She claims her first conference postseason honor.
Plymouth State finished the regular season with a 7-16-2 mark while going 5-9-2 in NEHC play to claim the seventh seed for the upcoming NEHC Tournament. PSU travels to second-seeded Castleton on Saturday (Feb. 22) for a 4:00 p.m. quarterfinal game.
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