March 16, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior captain Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) was named the Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Year, while five other Crusaders received honors as the league announced its regular season award winners and All-Conference teams at the Atlantic Hockey Tournament banquet at Holy Cross, on Thursday night. Holy Cross also received the Team Sportsmanship Award.
McGregor received three more honors as he earned a spot on the All-Conference first team for the second straight year, while he received the Individual Sportsmanship Award and earned the co-Regular Season Scoring Trophy. Junior defenseman Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) was also selected to the All-Conference first team, while senior captain Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) and senior goalie Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) earned spots on the second team. Quesada also earned the Regular Season Goaltending Award for his 2.22 goals against average in league games. Senior forward Blair Bartlett (Dryden, Ontario) received the Best Defensive Forward Award and junior Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario) earned the Best Defensive Defenseman Award.
McGregor is having his best season as a Crusader as he leads the team in scoring with 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points, which are all career highs. His .65 goals per game ranks him eighth in the country, while his 1.41 points per game is seventh nationally. McGregor's 131 career points (66 goals, 65 assists) is tied for 19th all-time at Holy Cross with Napert-Frenette, while his 139 games played is second. He is second in the league in goals and his 11 power plays goals is second in the league and tied for eighth in the nation. McGregor has been named AHA Player of the Week twice this season and four times in his career. McGregor (21 goals and 22 assists) tied with Mercyhurst's Ben Cottreau (17 goals and 26 assists) for the most points in conference games with 43.
Landry has had an outstanding season as he is sixth on the team in scoring with eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points, which are all career highs. He is second in the conference and 18th nationally in points per game by a defenseman with .74. Earlier in the season, Landry was named to the Rensselaer Holiday Hockey All-Tournament team.
This is the second year in a row that Napert-Frenette has been named to the second team. He is currently second on the team in scoring with 13 goals and 25 assists for 38 points. Napert-Frenette holds the Holy Cross all-time record for career games played with 142 and his 131 career points with 51 goals and 80 assists ranks him tied for 19th with McGregor.
Quesada has now made the second team for the second time in three seasons. He has been named AHA Goaltender of the Week six times in his career and three times this season. Quesada is a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award and he currently owns five of the six all-time career goaltending records at Holy Cross and is tied for the single-season record for wins. He ranks first all-time for save percentage (.915), goals against average (2.49), wins (58), games played (101) and minutes played (5793:26), while he is second in saves (2571). He is now 19-5-2 on the season and his .769 winning percentage is third in the nation. Quesada's 19 wins ties the school record for wins in a season with Mark Young who set the record in the 1979-80 season. His .926 save percentage this season is currently a single-season school record.
Bartlett is having a career year as he is third on the team in scoring with 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points, which are all career highs. He has played in 114 games with 32 goals and 46 assists for 78 points.
Godfrey has been solid on defense all year round. On the offensive end he is ninth on the team in scoring with career highs in goals (4), assists (11), points (15) and games played (35).