Maine Hockey Journal

Three USM players named to ECAC East All-Conference Teams

Gorham, ME — Three members of the University of Southern Maine men’s ice hockey were among the honorees today as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its Men’s East All-Conference teams and awards. Commissioner for the ECAC, Rudy Keeling, made the announcements.

Keeling announced that senior center Dan Gordon (Lynnfield, Mass.) was named to the All-Conference first team, sophomore defenseman Paul Conter (Woodbridge, Ontario) was tabbed for a spot on the All-Conference second team, and junior forward Chris Travis (Scituate, Mass.) picked up a slot on the honorable mention team. The all-conference teams and individual awards were voted upon the league’s head coaches.

This is the first time that Gordon and Travis have received a conference end-of-season award. Conter was a member of the All-Rookie team last season.

“I’m really happy for all three,” commented head coach Jeff Beaney. “(Gordon) came in (from UMass Amherst) and had two great seasons for us, and developed into a team leader this year. (Conter) is probably the best pure offensive defenseman that the school has ever had, and he’s work on the defensive side of the puck. (Travis) is a natural scorer with great leadership skills who took a gigantic step toward realizing his potential.”

The Huskies’ leading scorer this season, Gordon finished the season with 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points in 25 games. Based upon regular season conference games, Gordon was tied for second in points scored (23) with Conter and three other players. Twice during the season he received a spot on conference’s weekly honor roll, and he was named a semifinalist for the Joe Concannon Award given annually by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston to the top American-born player in New England at the Division II/III level.

During his two seasons at USM after transferring from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Gordon played in 50 games tallying 28 goals and 36 assists for 64 points.

Conter led the conference in assists during the regular season with 17. He finished the season as the Huskies’ second leading scorer with 26 points on eight goals and 18 assists. Conter the team with five power-play goals. Over his first two seasons, Conter has amassed 16 goals and 29 assists in 47 games.

Travis, a Player of the Week (February 3) selection during the season, tied Gordon for the team lead in goals scored with 15, and finished with 23 points. He had two hat tricks, two power-play goals and led the team with two short-handed goals. In three seasons, Travis has racked up 31 goals and 26 assists for 57 points.

Southern Maine finished the season 11-12-3 overall and 8-8-3 in ECAC Men’s East play (tied for fifth). USM was the fifth seed in the playoffs and dropped a heart-breaking, 4-3 overtime decision at New England College last weekend.

2008-09 ECAC Men’s East All-Conference Teams

First Team All-ECAC East
Forward Nikita Kashirsky Norwich Senior
Forward Justin Fox Salem State Sophomore
Forward Dan Gordon Southern Maine Senior
Defense Alex DiPietro Babson Senior
Defense Eric Tallent Norwich Junior
Goalie Ryan Hatch Salem State Senior

Second Team All-ECAC East
Forward Jason Schneider Babson Junior
Forward Brandon Heck Castleton State Senior
Forward Brad Baldelli Babson Senior
Defense Paul Conter Southern Maine Sophomore
Defense Trevor Turner New England College Junior
Goalie Ryan Klingensmith Norwich Junior

Honorable Mention
Forward Chris Travis Southern Maine Junior
Forward Stephen Culbertson Castleton State Junior
Forward Olli Kalliosaari New England College Freshman
Defense Omar Pacha Castleton State Sophomore
Defense Kevin Huinink Salem State Sophomore
Goalie Ryan Donovan UMass Boston Junior

All-Rookie Team
Forward Emmond Bell Norwich
Forward Olli Kalliosaari New England College
Forward Sasha Thomas Skidmore
Defense Wayne Sands UMass Boston
Defense Jarkko Leppanen New England
Goalie Colin Bessey Skidmore

ECAC Men’s East Player of the Year
Nikita Kashirsky, Norwich University

ECAC Men’s East Goalie of the Year
Ryan Hatch, Salem State College

ECAC Men’s East Rookie of the Year|
Olli Kalliosaari, New England College

ECAC Men’s East Co-Coach of the Year
Mike McShane, Norwich University
Bill O’Neil, Salem State College

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