Williams’ Smigelski Scores Player of the Year
HADLEY, Mass. – Williams senior forward Alex Smigelski (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) has been named the 2010 NESCAC Player of the Year. Smigelski helped the Ephs to a 13-5-1 conference record and the number three seed in the NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship this season. He is the first skater from Williams to be selected for the top honor in the NESCAC.
In addition to being named Player of the Year, Smigelski earned a spot on the All-Conference First Team, as he was one of three individuals on the squad that received Second Team recognition last winter. Smigelski’s final season in an Ephs’ sweater proved to be his best during his tenure, as the two-year captain tallied a league-leading 17 goals and added 11 assists for a team- and career-high 28 points through 24 games. He netted his first collegiate hat trick in a 6-2 win at St. Anselm on Jan. 22 and finished the contest with a personal-best four points. Two weeks later against St. Michael’s, Smigelski had another four-point performance when he had a hand in all four scores with two goals and two assists in the 4-1 Eph victory. Of his 17 markers, five came on the power play and two served as the game-winner. Smigelski is also a semifinalist for the Joe Concannon award, presented annually by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston to the best American-born college hockey player in Divisions II and III in New England.
Middlebury sophomore forward Martin Drolet (Lachine, Quebec) was the only individual on the All-NESCAC First Team to repeat from last year. The 2009 NESCAC Rookie of the Year has already surpassed his freshman scoring totals with a conference-high 35 points on 14 goals and 21 assists. Twelve of his 35 points have come on the power play (2-10-12), as he is second among all league players in man-advantage point production. A threat to score every time he hits the ice, Drolet tied a personal record when he tallied two goals and three assists for five points in a 7-3 win over Wis.-Stout on Nov. 28. His longest scoring streak of the season lasted for eight games (8-12-20).
Junior forward Adam Houli (Howell, N.J.) represented Trinity on the First Team after being honored on the Second Team last March. Like Smigelski and Drolet, Houli is enjoying a career year of his own on the ice as he paces the Bantams in scoring for the second-straight season with 25 points (7th NESCAC) on 15 goals and 10 assists. Nearly half of his markers have come from his special teams play, potting five power-play and two short-handed goals.
Joining Smigelski from Williams was Brian Malchoff (West Hartford, Conn.). The junior blue liner had the best point production of his Eph career in 2009-10, collecting five goals - four on the power play - and 10 assists for 15 points. Of those 15, 12 came in league competition. The Ephs’ top defenseman also helped make his team one of the top defenses in the NESCAC, as Williams was second with an average 2.08 goals allowed per game.
Bowdoin junior Kyle Shearer-Hardy (Montreal, Quebec) earned First Team honors for the first time in his career. A member of the 2009 Second Team, Shearer-Hardy not only leads the Polar Bears in offensive production while patrolling the blue line but is also the top scoring defenseman and ranks fifth among all conference skaters with a career-high 27 points (8-19-27). The dynamic defender has excelled at special teams as well this season, notching 11 assists on the power play. Heading into this weekend’s NESCAC tournament, Shearer-Hardy has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances, scoring four goals and dishing out 10 assists.
Tufts sophomore goaltender Scott Barchard (Reading, Mass.) completed the 2010 NESCAC All-Conference First Team. It was a record-setting year in the crease for Barchard, who eclipsed the program mark which he set last year for saves in a season with 986 stops and established a new single-game record for the Jumbos with an eye-popping 63 saves in a 4-3 overtime victory at St. Anselm on Dec. 5. Barchard saw a lot of rubber this winter, as he was called upon to make 40 or more saves in 16 out of Tufts’ 25 games and went 12-9-3 with a 2.74 goals against average and a .939 save percentage, a figure that currently puts him atop the nation’s netminders. Barchard is also up for consideration for the Concannon award.
Rookie of the Year went to Bowdoin freshman forward Daniel Weiniger (Warren, N.J.). The third leading scorer for the Polar Bears despite missing five games to injury, Weiniger has an even 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points, second among NESCAC first year players.
Hamilton second year head coach Norm Bazin was the consensus among the coaches and earned Coach of the Year honors. The Continentals are back in the NESCAC semifinals for the first time since 2006 and Bazin’s club is one of the hottest teams in the league with a 10-2-1 record since January. A 1994 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Bazin began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1996 under Hamilton alum Tim Whitehead ‘85, the current coach at the University of Maine.
| 2009-10 NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey
|F||Martin Drolet||Middlebury||So.||Lachine, Quebec|
|F||Adam Houli||Trinity||Jr.||Howell, N.J.|
|F||Alex Smigelski||Williams||Sr.||Mountain Lakes, N.J.|
|D||Brian Malchoff||Williams||Jr.||West Hartford, Conn.|
|D||Kyle Shearer-Hardy||Bowdoin||Jr.||Montreal, Quebec|
|G||Scott Barchard||Tufts||So.||Reading, Mass.|
|F||Billy Crinnion||Colby||Jr.||Long Island, N.Y.|
|F||Tom Derosa||Tufts||Jr.||Charlestown, Mass.|
|F||Anthony Scarpino||Hamilton||So.||Meadville, Pa.|
|D||Jamie Hawkrigg||Amherst||Fr.||Waterdown, Ontario|
|D||BJ Lalonde||Hamilton||So.||Pointe Claire, Quebec|
|G||Wesley Vesprini||Trinity||Jr.||Lexington, Mass.|
|Player of the Year|
|F||Alex Smigelski||Williams||Sr.||Mountain Lakes, N.J.|
|Rookie of the Year|
|F||Daniel Weiniger||Bowdoin||Fr.||Warren, N.J.|
|Coach of the Year|