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Four Named To All-WIAC Men's Hockey Team
Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2008
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - The most successful postseason team in UW-Eau Claire men's hockey history found out this week that four members are on the All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) team.
The members on the first team include forward Sean Garrity (Sr.-North St. Paul, MN/North) and defenseman Greg Petersen (Jr.-Maple Grove, MN/Totino-Grace). Garrity leads the Blugolds in points with 26 and in assists with 15. His 11 goals are second on the squad. He also is tops for Eau Claire in power-play goals with four. Among Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) players, Garrity is tied for 13th in points by forwards, tied for 14th in goals, 15th in assists and tied for 15th in points.
Petersen has 18 points off five goals and 13 assists, which ties for second on the team in points. Only Garrity's helpers best Petersen's assist total. The five goals actually tie for third on the team. In the NCHA, Petersen is fourth for points by a defenseman and is tied for 19th in assists.
The only honorable mention for Eau Claire was goalie Tyler Brigl (So.-Eagan, MN). Brigl has gone 11-14-1 this year and has appeared in 26 games, 25 of which he started. He holds a 90.1 save percentage and allows 2.50 goals per game. Brigl has also turned away 580 shots on the year, second-most in the conference. He is also tied for third in shutouts (4) and is 10th in goals-against average.
The five-man All-Sportsmanship team included defenseman John Kearns (Fr.-Park Ridge, IL), the fourth member of the Blugolds to join the All-WIAC ranks.
Coach of the Year went to UW-River Falls' Steve Freeman, who led his team to a 16-6-3 record in the regular season before being upset by St. Scholastica (MN) in the Peters Cup playoffs. The Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete honors went to Dustin Cosgrove of UW-Superior.