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DI Flames reap several ESCHL awards in inaugural season

March 15, 2017  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Sophomore forward Zak Hayes (back), the ESCHL Tournament MVP, comes out of the tunnel before the Flames' midnight game, Dec. 9 at the LaHaye Ice Center. (Photo by Nathan Spencer) test test test test
Sophomore forward Zak Hayes (back), the ESCHL Tournament MVP, comes out of the tunnel before the Flames' midnight game, Dec. 9 at the LaHaye Ice Center. (Photo by Nathan Spencer)

In its first season playing in the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League, Liberty University's ACHA Division I men's hockey team was well represented in the ESCHL's all-conference awards, released this month.

The Flames (29-13) captured the ESCHL tournament title by upsetting four-time defending tournament champion Stony Brook in the Feb. 26 final at Rhode Island, where sophomore forward Zak Hayes was named Tournament MVP.

For the overall awards, Liberty received two ESCHL First-Team nominations and three All-Rookie Team selections, including freshman forward Quinn Ryan, who was named ESCHL Rookie of the Year after ranking second on the Flames and sixth in the conference in scoring with 18 goals and 27 assists.

He was joined by Liberty's third-leading scorer, sophomore defenseman Zane Schartz (18G, 24A), on the First Team, and by freshmen forward Josh Hamilton and defenseman Matt Cruickshank on the All-Rookie Team. Cruickshank was Liberty's lone representative on the All-Defensive Team while senior forward Grant Garvin, the Flames' leading scorer with 21 goals and 25 assists, was named to the ESCHL's Second Team.

Stony Brook, the regular-season champion, received Most Valuable Player (forward JT Hall) and Coach of the Year (Chris Garofalo) awards.

Next year, the ESCHL will expand from six to eight teams with the addition of Syracuse University and New York University.

2016-17 All-ESCHL Awards

Tournament Most Valuable Player

Forward                      Zak Hayes                 Liberty University

Most Valuable Player

Forward                      JT Hall                        Stony Brook University

Coach of the Year

Chris Garofalo                                               Stony Brook University

The Sportsmanship Award

Forward                      Ray Boudiette            University of Rhode Island

Rookie of the Year

Forward                     Quinn Ryan               Liberty University      

1st Team All-League

Goalie                         Chris Marsillo             Rutgers University

Defense                     Zane Schartz             Liberty University

Defense                      Frank Sherding          Stony Brook University

Forward                      JT Hall                        Stony Brook University

Forward                      Chris Stemke              Stony Brook University          

Forward                     Quinn Ryan               Liberty University

2nd Team All-League

Goalie                         Dylan Troiano            University of Delaware

Defense                      Billy D' Amore            University of Rhode Island

Defense                      Max Freeman             University of Delaware

Forward                      Ray Boudiette             University of Rhode Island

Forward                     Grant Garvin              Liberty University

Forward                      Cole Zucker                University of Delaware

All-Rookie Team

Goalie                        JT Ketzenberger          University of Rhode Island

Defense                     Matt Cruickshank      Liberty University

Defense                      Devin Jenny                University of Delaware          

Forward                     Quinn Ryan                Liberty University

Forward                     Josh Hamilton           Liberty University

Forward                      Jake Horachek            West Chester University

All-Defensive Team

Forward                       John Redgate             University of Delaware

Forward                       Matt Crockett              Stony Brook University

Defense                       Alex Miller                   Stony Brook University

Defense                      Matt Cruickshank      Liberty University

Defense                       Billy D'Amore              University of Rhode Island

Defense                       Bill Swahl                    West Chester University

Freshman Quinn Ryan's lacrosse-style wraparound goal against Rutgers First-Team All-ESCHL
goalie Chris Marsillo on Feb. 11 was featured at No. 2 on ESPN's Top 10 Plays of the Day.

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