- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth hockey team posted a 22-5-0 record in 2004-05, and advanced to its first ECAC Northeast title game since 1999. Four members of the Corsairs were honored Tuesday as members of the 2005 New England Hockey Writers ECAC Northeast All-Star Team.
Leading the UMD honorees were junior forward Eric Frank (Waltham, Mass.), who was tabbed as the Most Valuable Player. Additionally, UMD Head Coach John Rolli was voted as the coach of the year. The team was announced after a vote of league head coaches and an esteemed panel of local media members.
The two goaltenders on this year's squad are UMass Dartmouth senior Kevin McGowan (Hingham, Mass.) and Plymouth State freshman Karl Helgesson (Lerum, Sweden). McGowan, who earned ECAC Northeast Goaltender of the Year and All-ECAC Northeast First Team honors, posted a 21-5-0 record in 26 games with a 2.59 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. He concludes his career with a 55-14-1 mark to go along with a 2.82 save percentage. Helgesson, a member of both the All-ECAC Northeast Second and All-Rookie Teams, had an impressive rookie campaign, posting a 12-7-1 record, with a 2.89 goals against average, and a .904 save percentage, to help the Panthers to a fourth place finish in the ECAC Northeast.
The blueline corps consists of Salve Regina senior Gino Binda (South Boston, Mass.), Wentworth junior Blayne Goodman (Westlock, Alb.), Curry senior Chet Ferreira (Wilmington, Mass.), and UMass Dartmouth senior Brandon Koziara (West Springfield, Mass.). Binda, a First Team All-ECAC Northeast selection, was the Seahawks' leading scorer, tallying 13 goals (including nine on the power play) and 17 assists for 30 points. Goodman, an Honorable Mention All-ECAC Northeast selection, posted eight goals (including five on the power play) and nine assists for 17 points. Ferreira, a First Team All-ECAC Northeast selection, scored 11 goals and added 21 assists for 32 points for the Colonels, who captured the ECAC Northeast crown and earned their second consecutive berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Koziara, an All-ECAC Northeast Honorable Mention selection, scored six goals and assisted on 12 others for 18 points.
Up front, UMass Dartmouth junior Eric Frank (Waltham, Mass.) and senior Scott Trahan (Chelmsford, Mass.), Curry seniors Mike O'Sullivan (Dorchester, Mass.) and Brian Doherty (Franklin, Mass.), Wentworth senior Brad Carpenter (Kamloops, B.C.), and Southern New Hampshire senior Pat Doherty (Wakefield, Mass.) earn honors. Frank, the ECAC Northeast Player of the Year and first team selection, led all of Division III in scoring, tallying 24 goals and 35 assists for 59 points - 2.27 per game - and earned Second Team All-America honors. His teammate Trahan tallied 38 points (19 goals and 19 assists) and had 11 special team goals. O'Sullivan, the 2004 MVP, earned Second Team All-ECAC Northeast honors after posting 17 goals (including five shorthanded) and 20 assists for 37 points. Brian Doherty led the Colonels in scoring, scoring 15 goals and 41 assists, and earned First Team All-ECAC Northeast honors. Carpenter, a Second Team All-ECAC Northeast selection, scored 10 goals and 21 assists for 31 points and ends his career as Wentworth's third all-time leading scorer with 146 points. Pat Doherty, the Northeast-10 Player of the Year, helped the Penmen earn a spot in the NE-10 finals by scoring 26 goals (including 13 on the power play) and 21 assists for 47 points.
Rolli has been a fixture behind the Corsairs' bench for 21 seasons and has posted an impressive 416-111-19 (.779) record. This season he led UMass Dartmouth to the ECAC Northeast finals for the first time since 1999. A 1973 graduate of Salem State, Rolli has directed the Corsairs to five conference championships.
The members of this year's team and its coach will be honored at the annual New England Hockey Writers' Association banquet, which will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at the Prince Restaurant on Route One in Saugus, Mass. For ticket information, please contact John Gruppo at Northeastern University (617/373-4458).
2005 NEW ENGLAND HOCKEY WRITERS ECAC NORTHEAST ALL-STAR
G Kevin McGowan UMass Dartmouth Sr. Hingham, Mass.
G Karl Helgesson Plymouth State Fr. Lerum, Sweden
D Gino Binda Salve Regina Sr. South Boston, Mass.
D Blayne Goodman Wentworth Jr. Westlock, Alb.
D Chet Ferreira Curry Sr. Wilmington, Mass.
D Brandon Koziara UMass Dartmouth Sr. West Springfield, Mass.
F Eric Frank UMass Dartmouth Jr. Waltham, Mass.
F Brian Doherty Curry Sr. Franklin, Mass.
F Mike O'Sullivan Curry Sr. Dorchester, Mass.
F Scott Trahan UMass Dartmouth Sr. Chelmsford, Mass.
F Brad Carpenter Wentworth Sr. Kamloops, B.C.
F Pat Doherty Southern New Hampshire Sr. Wakefield, Mass.
Coach of the Year: John Rolli, UMass Dartmouth
MVP: Eric Frank, UMass Dartmouth