ECAC: Weekly ECAC Hockey League Men’s Honorees Announced

By pbadmin

ALBANY, N.Y. – Three athletes have been honored by the ECAC Hockey League. It was announced earlier today that Yale University’s Bill LeClerc (Acton, Mass.) and Alec Richards (Robbinsdale, Minn.) and Dartmouth College’s Mike Devine (Orchard Park, N.Y.) have been tabbed with the league’s weekly awards.

LeClerc is the Player of the Week and Devine is the Goaltender of the Week, while Richards earned Rookie of the Week honors.

LeClerc, a junior defenseman, earned this week’s honors after picking up points in both of Yale’s victories over the weekend. He had two goals and assisted on two others for four points, which placed him among the top scorers in the league for the weekend. In the win over Princeton on Friday, he had a hand in half of the team’s scoring with a goal and two assists. On Sunday, he had the game winner vs. Quinnipiac, giving Yale four straight league wins for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

For the year, LeClerc has nine points from the blue line with five goals and four assists. The son of Bill and Cathy LeClerc, he played hockey for St. Paul’s School prior to enrolling at Yale.

Richards was also a key figure in Yale claiming its two league victories over the weekend. The freshman netminder stopped 66 of 70 shots on the weekend to earn the two wins. Against Princeton, he made 29 saves and followed that with a 37-ave performance in the one-goal win over Quinnipiac. Eighteen of his saves against the Bobcats came in the hard-fought third period of play. For the weekend, he posted a .943 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average.

This is the second straight week the Richards had earned the league’s rookie honors. He now has four wins on the year – all in league play, which is one more than the team posted last season. He has a 3.43 goals against average and a .909 save percentage through the first half of the season. The son of Michael Richards, Alec played for hockey at the Breck School last year.

Devine earned the league’s weekly goaltending honor after helping his team earn three points on the road over the weekend. He started things off with a 4-1 victory over Rensselaer and then tied Union 2-2 the next night. The sophomore tied his career-high with 33 stops vs. the Engineers and then had 19 the next night against the Dutchmen. For the weekend, he stopped 52 shots and posted a 1.44 goals against average and a .945 save percentage.

The son of Patrick & Patricia Devine, Mike played junior hockey with the Buffalo Lightning (OPJHL) prior to attending Dartmouth.

Eleven other student-athletes were named to the league’s weekly honor roll: Brown — Adam D’Alba (So., G, Glencoe, Ill.); Clarkson – Nick Dodge (So., C, Oakville, Ont.); Clarkson – David Cayer (So., RW, Longueuil, Que.); Colgate — Nick St. Pierre (Fr., D, St. Etienne, Que.); Cornell — Matt Moulson (Sr., F, Mississauga, Ont.); Dartmouth — Rob Pritchard (Fr., F, Burnaby, B.C.); Harvard — Alex Meintel (So., F, Yarmouth, Maine); Princeton — Brett Wilson (Fr., F, Calgary, Alb.); Quinnipiac — David Marshall (Fr., F, Buffalo, Minn.); Quinnipiac — Jamie Bates (So. F, Toronto, Ont.); Union — Kris Mayotte (Sr., G, Pittsburgh, Pa.).