March 17, 2005

Three Crusaders Honored By Atlantic Hockey

March 17, 2005

Hamden, Conn. - The Atlantic Hockey Association announced the conference awards at the league tournament banquet held Thursday night on the campus of Quinnipiac. Juniors Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ont.), Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, N.B.) and Ben Conway (South Hadley, Mass.) were each recognized by the league. McGregor received All-Conference first-team accolades, while Napert-Frenette was named to the second-team. Conway was honored with the Regular-Season Goaltending Award.

The Crusaders were honored with the Team Sportsmanship Award, given to the Atlantic Hockey team that average the fewest penalty minutes per league game. Holy Cross averaged 13.1 penalty minutes per league game this season. Only three other teams in the nation average fewer penalty minutes than Holy Cross, who ranks 55th overall, averaging 14.3 penalty minutes per game.

McGregor has tallied a career-high, team-leading 20 goals and has added 12 assists for a total of 32 points this season. He also leads the team with eight power-play goals. McGregor recorded three game-winning goals this season, including in the 3-2 win over Army on Dec. 3, the 4-3 victory of Canisius on Jan. 28 and the 7-2 defeat of Bentley. This is McGregor's first time being named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Conference team, as a freshman he was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.

Napert-Frenette leads the team in points (36) with one other player. He netted his first career-hat trick in the 5-2 victory over Air Force on Oct. 30. The forward has posted three game-winning goals, including in the Oct. 30 defeat of the Falcons, in the 4-3 overtime defeat of Quinnipiac on Dec. 5 and in the 3-2 overtime win at Sacred Heart on Jan. 4. This is Napert-Frenette's first All-Conference honor.

Conway received the Regular-Season Goaltending Award for recording a 2.31 goals against average, the best in Atlantic Hockey in conference games. He has tallied a record of 7-5-2 overall and 5-2-2 in the league. The netminder is tied for third in Atlantic Hockey games with a 9.14 save percentage (.907 overall). His highlight of the season came in the 5-2 victory over Quinnipiac on Feb. 12 when he halted a career-high 40 shots on goal. Of Holy Cross' five all-time victories over the Bobcats, Conway owns three.

Joining McGregor on the first-team was Pierre-Luc O'Brien of Sacred Heart, Tim Olsen of Connecticut, Reid Cashman of Quinnipiac, T.J. Kemp of Mercyhurst, Frank Novello of American International and Bryan Worosz of Canisius. The remaining members of the second-team were Matt Craig and Jamie Holden of Quinnipiac, David Wrigley and Conrad Martin of Mercyhurst and Kalen Wright of Sacred Heart.

The Crusaders next play in the Atlantic Hockey Semifinals hosted by Quinnipiac at the Northford Ice Pavilion, on Friday, March 18. Holy Cross will take on Mercyhurst at 7:30 p.m.