Comeback ‘Cats: QU’s Cashman, Pecknold Lead AHA Honors

After rebounding from one foot in the grave all the way to the league’s regular-season championship, it’s no surprise that Quinnipiac cleaned up at the Atlantic Hockey awards banquet, taking home two of the league’s top three honors.

Defenseman Reid Cashman, who led the nation in scoring for defensemen this season with 43 points, was named Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year. Bobcats coach Rand Pecknold, who resurrected his team from seventh place at one point in January all the way first come season’s end, was presented Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year honors.

Mercyhurst freshman Ben Cottreau, with 30 points in 32 games, received the nod for Rookie of the Year.

The league, in its second full season of existence, also handed out a host of new awards.

Two Lakers were recipients of new defensive awards. Scott Reynolds was named the league’s Best Defensive Forward while Conrad Martin was chosen as Best Defensive Defenseman.

Army’s Chris Garceau, who totaled only 12 minutes in penalties this season, won the league’s Individual Sportsmanship Award, while Holy Cross as a team was presented with the first-ever Team Sportsmanship Award.

Cashman and Sacred Heart’s Pierre-Luc O’Brien were unanimous First Team All-Conference selections. Joining the pair on the All-Conference team were Holy Cross’ Tyler McGregor, Connecticut’s Tim Olsen, Mercyhurst’s T.J. Kemp, and two goaltenders, Frank Novello from American International and Bryan Worosz of Canisius.

The following is a complete list of awards:

Atlantic Hockey First Team
Pierre-Luc O’Brien, F, Sacred Heart*
Tyler McGregor, F, Holy Cross
Tim Olsen, F, Connecticut
Reid Cashman, D, Quinnipiac*
T.J. Kemp, D, Mercyhurst
Frank Novello, G, American International
Bryan Worosz, G, Canisius

* — unanimous selection

Atlantic Hockey Second Team
Pierre Napert-Frenette, F, Holy Cross
David Wrigley, F, Mercyhurst
Matt Craig, F, Quinnipiac
Conrad Martin, D, Mercyhurst
Kalen Wright, D, Sacred Heart
Jamie Holden, G, Quinnipiac

Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team
Ben Cottreau, F, Mercyhurst
Ben Nelson, F, Quinnipiac
Alexandre Parent, F, Sacred Heart
Matt Sorteberg, D, Quinnipiac
Scott Marchesi, D, Sacred Heart
Brad Smith, G, Connecticut

Player of the Year
Reid Cashman, Quinnipiac

Best Defensive Forward
Scott Reynolds, Mercyhurst

Best Defensive Defenseman
Conrad Martin, Mercyhurst

Rookie of the Year
Ben Cottreau, Mercyhurst

Individual Sportsmanship Award
Chris Garceau, Army

Team Sportsmanship Award
Holy Cross

Regular Season Scoring Trophy
Reid Cashman, Quinnipiac

Regular Season Goaltending Award
Ben Conway, Holy Cross

Coach of the Year
Rand Pecknold, Quinnipiac