Covach chosen as one of six among New England's best
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The leading scorer for the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team was chosen as one of six finalists for the 19th Joe Concannon Award, as announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston on Thursday.
Senior Michael Covach (Shillington, Pa.), who led the Panthers' high-scoring offense with 40 points, became the second player in program history to be named a finalist for the prestigious award, joining Chris Chambers from the 2009-10 season. Last month he was chosen as one of 25 semifinalists for the honor.
University of New England senior Brady Fleurent (Biddeford, Maine) was named the winner, which is presented annually to the best American-born NCAA Division II/III college hockey player in New England.
Other finalists included UNE junior Ryan Bloom (Northville, Mich.), University of Massachusetts Boston junior Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.), Babson College sophomore Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) and Wesleyan University junior Tim Sestak (Darien, Conn.).
"What Michael fought through to get to where he was this season was nothing short of amazing," said ninth-year head coach Craig Russell. "His work ethic and drive went unmatched. He made that line go all season and was a great compliment to Matt [Volonnino] and Ryan [Stevens]. Statistically, we haven't seen too many seasons in our program like the one he just had. He's an unbelievable teammate and one of the best human beings in this world. I couldn't be happier for him."
Covach had an outstanding senior campaign, leading the Panthers with 28 assists, tied for the seventh most in a season in program history, and 40 points, a mark that sits just outside the top ten all-time. The All-MASCAC First Team selection opened the season on a tear, recording a point in ten of the first 11 games, including seven multi-point games. He ended the season eighth in the nation in assists per game (1.00), 19th in the country with 1.43 points per game and 25th in power play goals (six). He was the lone member of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) to be considered a finalist.
The Concannon Award was established in 2001, shortly after the passing of the longtime Boston Globe writer who had a great passion for the game of college hockey, while always advocating strongly for amateur athletics.
Plymouth State finished the season with a 17-8-3 mark and captured a third straight MASCAC regular season title before blanking long-time rival Salem State University in the championship game to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history. PSU led #6/#8 Hobart College, 1-0, after the first period of the first round game, though the Statesmen rallied for a 2-1 win.
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