UMass Hockey Announces Awards At Team Banquet
April 26, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass hockey program handed out its team awards at the squad's annual banquet on Saturday afternoon. Senior co-captain Conor Sheary headlined the five honorees as team MVP.
Sheary led the Minutemen in points both overall and in Hockey East play during the 2013-14 campaign with nine goals and 19 assists overall and 17 points (6g, 11a). He paced the squad in assists and committed just one penalty over 34 contests. On Feb. 14 at UMass Lowell, Sheary became the 12th player in program history to reach the 100-point milestone and finished his career in the top-10 all-time for points (8th) and assists (t-7th). He was a point-per-game player against nationally ranked teams in 2013-14, totaling 17 points (5g, 12a) in 17 games.
For a third straight year, senior defenseman Joel Hanley received the Jack Canniff Unsung Hero Award, "given to the UMass player recognized by his teammates to have contributed the most to the team without receiving the recognition that others have."
Hanley saw action in all 34 games for the Minutemen and recorded 16 points on two goals and 14 assists to go along with a career-high 58 blocks. He tied with Sheary for the team lead in power-play points with 12 (2g, 10a) and finished his career as the fourth-highest scoring defenseman in UMass history with 75 career points (17g, 58a).
Freshman forward Steven Iacobellis was honored as the team's Rookie of the Year after he tied for third on the team in scoring with 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists in 2013-14. Iacobellis saw significant time on both the power play and penalty kill units, tallying six power-play goals and one short-handed goal he had two game-winners, as well.
Iacobellis raked fourth among Division I freshmen with 383 faceoff wins and was eighth in faceoff winning percentage (.563, 383-for-680). He tied for 16th among the nation's freshmen in goals scored and was third in power-play goals.
Freshman goaltender Alex Wakaluk received the Most Improved Player award. Wakaluk appeared in three games on the season, which he capped off by stopping 18 of 19 shots, allowing just one power-play goal in 35 minutes, six seconds, in net against UMass Lowell on Feb. 8.
For a second consecutive season, redshirt senior Anthony Raiola was the recipient of the Minuteman Award, which is presented to the player "recognized by the team for having exemplified the standards upon which the UMass program is built...dedication, determination, character and sportsmanship." Raiola saw action in seven games in 2013-14, recording three shots on goal and six blocked shots.