Hockey Announces 2011-12 Team Awards
April 11, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass hockey recently announced its 2011-12 team awards at the squad's annual banquet. Six individuals collected honors, including senior T.J. Syner who was named the Minutemen's MVP.
Syner served as team co-captain this past season and was tabbed a Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star after leading UMass in scoring with 37 points, including a team-high 24 assists. He totaled a career-best 13 goals on the year and ranked eighth in Hockey East in scoring with 1.03 points per-game, tied for 41st nationally.
Sophomore Joel Hanley earned the Unsung Hero, Jack Canniff Award. Hanley finished fourth on the squad in scoring with 25 points and was fifth among all defensemen in Hockey East. He was a +12 for the year and totaled seven goals and 18 assists, both career highs.
Sophomore Patrick Kiley was tabbed the team's Most Improved Player. Coming off a 2010-11 freshman campaign that saw Kiley play in seven games and record one assist, he appeared in 26 contests this season and scored the first four goals of his collegiate career. The four tallies contributed to his total of eight points to go along with four assists.
Kevin Boyle and Steven Guzzo shared the squad's Rookie of the Year honors. Boyle saw action in a team-high 21 games in net and started 19, posting a record of 8-7-4. The goalkeeper logged a .895 save percentage and a 3.00 goals-against average in 1140:56 minutes between the pipes. Guzzo scored 10 goals and dished 10 assists in his first collegiate season. He was +6 for the year and won 52.6% of the faceoffs he took, tops among the Minutemen centers.
Senior goaltender Kevin Moore was recognized with the Minuteman Spirit Award for having exemplified dedication, determination, character and sportsmanship. Moore, who played in his second career game in UMass' 5-1 win over #12 Merrimack to clinch a playoff berth, earned the honor for a second straight year. An inspirational leader for the squad, Moore has been a member Hockey East All-Academic Team in the past two seasons.
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