Covach named NEHWA DII/DIII All-Star
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The leading scorer from the Plymouth State University men's ice hockey team was honored by the New England Hockey Writers Association (NEHWA) the organization announced on Monday.
Senior Michael Covach (Shillington, Pa.) was named a NEHWA Division II/III All-Star following a standout campaign. The group will recognize 20 student-athletes from the region's 40 NCAA Division II and III ice hockey programs when it hosts its annual dinner on Apr. 17.
A 5-11 forward, Covach led the Panthers' high-flying offense with 40 points. His 28 assists were tied for the seventh-most in a season in program history and his 1.00 assists/game average was eighth best in the country. He averaged 1.43 points/game, good enough for 19th in the nation, and was selected as one of six finalists for the 19th Joe Concannon Award two weeks ago, just the second finalist for the prestigious award in program history.
The All-MASCAC First Teamer recorded a point in 22 of the team's 28 games, including 11 multi-point games. He finished second on the team with six power play tallies and logged the fewest penalty minutes of any of Plymouth's regulars.
In addition to honoring the New England All-Stars, the NEHWA will present its Coach of the Year and Player of the Year awards at the banquet. The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston will also present the Walter Brown and Concannon awards, while the Eastern Massachusetts Hockey Officials Association will present the J. Thom Lawler Award – won by Plymouth State senior goaltender Evan Morelli (Reading, Mass.).
The annual dinner will take place at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass. Anyone interested in attending must contact the Hockey East office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (781-245-2122) to reserve a seat. Tickets are $40 per person.
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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