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NESCAC champion men's hockey has team awards banquet

WATERVILLE, Maine – The Colby College men’s hockey program, fresh off winning the New England Small College Athletic Conference title and making the NCAA Division III Frozen Four, honored their senior class and award winners at their season-ending banquet.

The guests of honor were the nine-member senior class: Mario Benicky, Dan Dupont, Michael Decker, Griffin Fadden, Phil Klitirinos, Sean Lawrence, Cam MacDonald, Andrew Reis, and Michael Rudolf

Lawrence (pictured with assistant coach Chris Hall) was named the Ellsworth W. Millett Most Valuable Player. He had a season for the record books, finishing with a record of 16-8-2, a 2.09 goals against average, and a .940 save percentage. In his last 10 games, Lawrence had a 7-1-2 record and a .961 save percentage in leading Colby to the league title and the NCAA Frozen Four. Lawrence will graduate as arguably the best goaltender in Colby history, setting single-season records for wins, save percentage and saves, as well as career records for goals against average and save percentage.

Fadden was honored as the Unsung Hero of the 2017-18 season. A true embodiment of what it means to be a Colby hockey player, he was a reliable presence all year for the Mules. Killing penalties, finishing checks and blocking shots, Fadden consistently did the little things to help the team. Diving in front of a shot in the third period of the NCAA first round game against University of New England will go down in Colby hockey history.

Dupont was the first to take home multiple awards, receiving the Horseshoe Award and the Todd McGovern Teammate of the Year. His efforts in blocking shots and finishing checks led him to pick up the award for the most horseshoes. Dupont was a tri-captain for the Mules, and his leadership and work in the locker room helped to guide the program to an historic finish.

The Mal Wilson Humanitarian Award was given to Decker for his commitment to community service work. He has spent extensive time over his four years working with the Waterville Public Schools, Colby Cares About Kids, Team IMPACT, the Movember Campaign, and in local hospitals to help mentor and teach young children. Decker also received the Defensive Player of the Year award for his stellar play on the blue line. Saving his best for last, Decker had a career year with three goals and 17 assists for 20 points and was named an All-NESCAC Second Team player.

The third defenseman to pick up two awards, Reis, was named the Norman E. Walker Most Improved Player and received the Jack Kelley Coaches Award. After three seasons cut short due to injury, Reis had a career year in 2017-18. He played in 29 games and recorded two goals and seven assists for nine points. He regularly logged 25 minutes per game against the opponent’s top line, helping to shut down their offensive production.

Sophomore Kienan Scott ’20 was the recipient of the Academic Achievement Award. Scott is working towards a degree in economics: financial markets with a minor in philosophy. In addition to his strong work in the classroom, Scott led the Mules in scoring this year with 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points.

 

Games

Goals

Assists

Points

 

Mario Benicky

95

26

22

48

 

Michael Decker

88

6

34

40

 

Dan Dupont

84

3

14

17

 

Griffin Fadden

49

2

4

6

 

Phil Klitirinos

85

17

39

56

 

Cam MacDonald

103

33

44

77

 

Andrew Reis

44

2

8

10

 

Michael Rudolf

102

29

22

51

 

 

Games

W

L

T

GAA

SV %

Saves

Sean Lawrence

45

23

14

4

2.30

.929

1236