Individual honors abound in Atlantic Hockey

Before the holiday break, I looked at what would happen from a playoffs standpoint  if season ended today. And while the playoff picture is still up in the air, some candidates for individual honors have begun to emerge.

Here are my picks for the Atlantic Hockey All-Star teams at the midway point of the season. (Stats are overall numbers since the number of conference games each team has played are different.)

First Team:
F – Tyler Brenner, jr., RIT: 15 goals and 22 points
F – Nathan Lonpre, sr., Robert Morris: 27 points
F – Paul Zanette, sr., Niagara:  16 goals and 24 points so far
D – Scott Mathis, jr., Air Force: 14 points
D – Denny Urban, sr., Robert Morris,  25 points
G – Shane Madolora, so., RIT:  2.11 GAA, .925 save percentage

Second Team:
F – Cory Conacher, sr., Canisius: 9 goals and 18 points
F – Andrew Favot, sr., RIT:  26 points
F – Bryan Haczyk, sr., Niagara 16 goals and  24 points
D – Ryan Annseley, sr.., Niagara: 14 points
D – Chris Haltigin, jr., RIT:  9 points
G – Brooks Ostagard, jr., Robert Morris: 2.32 GAA,  .921 save percentage

Third Team:
F – Giancarlo Iuorio so., Niagara: 21 points
F – Cody Omilusik sr., Army:  8 goals and 15 points
F – Everett Sheen, sr., Holy Cross: 16 points
D – Marcel Alvarez, jr., Army: 10 points
D – Jeff Terminesi, sr., Mercyhurst:  9 points
G – Joe Calvi, sr., Bentley 2.62 GAA,  .921 save percentage

F – Scott Arnold, Niagara:  12 goals
F – Adam Mitchell, RIT:  8 goals
F – Cole Schneider, Connecticut:  16 points
D – Ben Danford, Canisius: 11 points
D – Adam McKenzie, Air Force: 8 points
G – Jason Torf, Air Force:  2.81 GAA, .914 save percentage AHA Player of the Week:

Jason Torf, Air Force – The freshman goaltender stopped 68 of 72 shots, including a career high 39 saves on Saturday, to help the Cadets to a pair of 3-2 wins at Bentley.


Tyler Brenner, RIT – Brenner had three goals last week, including a pair in the Tigers’ 3-2 win over Robert Morris.

Garrett Bartus, Connecticut – The sophomore made 68 saves to help the Huskies to a second-place finish in the Toyota UConn Holiday Classic.

And hot off the press from the league office:

AHA Players of the Month for December:

Player of the Month:
Nathan Longpre, Robert Morris – Had 11 points to help the Colonials to a 5-1-1 record in December.
Other players nominated:  Derrick Burnett, Air Force; Phil Ginand, Mercyhurst; Tyler Brenner, RIT.

Goalie of the Month:
Shane Madolora, RIT – Was 5-0 in December with a 1.60 GAA and a .943 save percentage.
Other goalies nominated: Jason Torf, Air Force; Garrett Bartus, Connecticut; Eric Levine, Robert Morris; Brooks Ostergard, Robert Morris.

Rookie of the Month:
Billy Latta, Connecticut – Had two goals and six assists including a point in four straight games.
Other rookies nominated: Cole Schneider, Connecticut.

Getting My Vote

My Men’s D-I Poll ballot this week:
1. Yale
2. North Dakota
3. New Hampshire
4. BC
5. Duluth
6. Denver
7. Michigan
8. Miami
9. Maine
10. RPI
11. UNO
12. Wisconsin
13. Union
14. Notre Dame
15. Merrimack
16. Colorado College
17. BU
18. Princeton
19. Clarkson
20. Ferris State