Ryckman Player of the Year Leads Lengthy List of League Awards for UWSP Men’s Hockey

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MADISON, Wis. -- Sophomore goaltender Connor Ryckman (Minesing, Ont.) was named the WIAC Player of the Year, headlining a lengthy list of awards handed out by the conference to the UW-Stevens Point men's hockey team today (Feb. 28). Ryckman joined Stephan Beauvias, Tanner Karty (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Luke McElhenie (Sauk City, Wis.) and Steven Quagliata (Bartlett, Ill.) on the first team. Drew McLean (Waterford, Mich.), Carter Roo (Champlin, Minn.) and Zach Zech (South Lyon, Mich.) picked up honorable mention team honors. TJ Roo (Champlin, Minn.) was named to the All-Sportsmanship team and Tyler Krueger was named the league's Coach of the Year.

Ryckman nabs a pair of honors after an unbeaten sophomore season. He is 22-0-1 on the season and has led the Pointers to the No. 1 ranking in the country for the 14th-straight week. He has a 1.40 goals against average, second-best in the nation. He has recorded two shutouts and his .934 saves percentage is 12th in the country. Ryckman was named the WIAC Athlete of the Week on Dec. 4 following his first shutout.

Krueger is selected Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after guiding the Pointers to the only unbeaten record in the country this season through 27 games. In his second season at the helm, he holds a career record of 46-6-5.

Beauvais lands his fourth league honor in as many years. He captained the Pointers' defense this year and is one of 15 UWSP players with double-digit points on the season. He has scored three goals, two of which have been game-winners, and added eight assists. His +23 rating is fourth on the team.

Karty is named to his second-consecutive league first team after also collecting Player of the Year honors a season ago. He leads the Pointers with 33 points on the season and 23 assists. He has netted six game-winning goals, tied for the most in the country this year. Karty has had a multi-point game in each of the last seven UWSP games. On Feb. 5, he was named the WIAC Athlete of the Week.

McElhenie grabs his first career league honor. He is third on the squad in scoring with 24 points and has at least one point in 19 of his 26 games played. McElhenie had a season-high two goals int eh win over UW-Stout on Feb. 8.

Quagliata earns his second league award after an honorable mention team selection last year. He tops the team with a +28 rating. He has scored five of his seven goals on the power-play, tied for the team lead. Quagliata also has 10 assists on the season.

McLean grabs his second-straight honorable mention nod. He has scored five goals and added 12 assists on the year. Three of his goals have been game-winners and three have come on the power play. McLean has had four different games in which he has recorded two assists, including both games of the WIAC semifinals against UW-River Falls.

Carter Roo (Champlin, Minn.) pockets his first league award after a break-out sophomore campaign. He is fourth on the team with 23 points with 10 goals and 13 assists. He is tied for the team-lead with five power-play goals and has netted two game-winners. Roo has had six multi-point games on the season, including a season-best three-point night at Bethel on Nov. 3.

Zech also lands his first conference award after upping his offensive output from a season ago. He has 26 points, second on the team. He has scored nine goals, two game-winners, and his 17 assists are second-most among the Pointers. Zech has registered eight multi-point nights on the season and his +24 is third-best on the squad.

TJ Roo (Champlin, Minn.) has been impactful in his first season at UWSP. He has six goals, three of which were game-winners. He also has 11 assists on the year and is tied for seventh on the team with 17 points. He has had three multi-point games, including a pair of assists at St. Olaf and again in the second WIAC semifinal versus UWRF.