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Fusion lead All-BRC picks

Left to right: Seniors Kalli Armagost, Sally Cranston and Heather Shew. <i>Submitted photos</i>

Seven St. Croix Valley Fusion players, including both goaltenders, have been named to 2012-13 All-Big Rivers Conference Girls Hockey teams.

Senior goaltender Kalli Armagost was named the BRC Player of the Year and was joined on the all-conference first team by senior forward Sally Cranston.

Senior defensemen Heather Shew and Micha Bennett were both named to the All-BRC second team while junior goaltender Carlie Christensen, freshman defenseman Maddie Rowe, and freshman forward Hanna Zevenbergen all earned honorable mention.

St. Croix Valley led the conference in All-BRC picks with seven. Eau Claire Memorial and Chippewa Falls/Menomonie had four each while Hudson had three.

In addition to the all-conference awards, Armagost was named to the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association All-State first team while Cranston and Shew both received honorable mention.

Armagost was named to the All-BRC first team for the second time in three years after earning second team honors last season. She went 10-5-1 between the pipes this season with four shutouts, a 1.45 goals-against average and a .938 saves percentage.

Cranston earned All-BRC and all-state honors for the first time after tying for the team lead with 13 goals and contributing 14 assists for 26 points. She led the team with three game-winning goals this season.

Shew was named second team all-conference and honorable mention all-state for the second straight year after finishing third on the team in scoring from her blue-line position with 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists).

Bennett was named to the 2012-13 All-BRC second team after earning honorable mention a year ago. The defenseman scored four goals and had four assists this season.

Christensen shared the team's goaltending duties with Armagost and finished with a record of 6-5-0. She posted four shutouts and a 1.99 goals against average with a save percentage of .938.

Rowe finished her freshman season with 12 goals and led the team in total points with 30, while Zevenbergen was fourth on the team in scoring with five goals and eight assists in her rookie season.

The Fusion, a co-operative team consisting of players from River Falls, Baldwin-Woodville, St. Croix Central, Glenwood City and Boyceville high schools, won the BRC title for the sixth time in seven years this season and advanced to the WIAA sectional final for the seventh straight year. They finished with a record of 15-10-1 overall.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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