---- — CORTLAND — Kevin Emmerling of the Plattsburgh State men’s hockey team has been named SUNY Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
Emmerling joins Oswego’s Paul Rodrigues, the Herb Hammond Player of the Year, and Geneseo’s Chris Schultz, the Coach of the Year, with the SUNYAC’s highest honors. The three awards are voted on annually by the conference coaches.
As a member of an impressive class of freshmen, Emmerling is the Cardinals’ top goal-scorer (14) and has amassed 17 points in league games. The Northbridge, Mass. product is ranked third in team scoring with 24 points. He’s 15th in conference scoring and averages 1.09 points per game. Emmerling has also contributed four power-play goals and three game-winning goals in 22 games this season.
Emmerling has been named SUNYAC Rookie of the Week three times. His most notable weekly award stemmed from his performance against Oswego on Feb. 16. In Plattsburgh’s 4-3 win over the Lakers, Emmerling had an assist and two goals, including the game-winner.
Emmerling becomes the 10th Plattsburgh State men’s hockey player to receive the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year Award and the first since Pier-Luc Belanger during the 2006-07 season.
Cards dominate ECAC West awards
CENTERVILLE, Mass. — The Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team claimed three major awards while six players received ECAC Women’s West All-Conference honors for the 2012-13 season.
For the second straight season, senior forward Teal Gove was named Player of the Year and junior goaltender Sydney Aveson was voted Goaltender of the Year. Head coach Kevin Houle was also recognized this season, sharing Coach of the Year honors with Utica’s Dave Clausen.
In addition to the major awards, Gove and Aveson received First-Team All-ECAC West honors with teammates Allison Era and Shannon Stewart. Giovanna Senese and Andrea Ziesmann made the All-Rookie Team.
Gove paced the Cardinals’ offense throughout the majority of the year and finished the regular season leading the league in points (41), goals (21), assists (21), power-play goals (8) and game-winning goals (4). With her 41 points this season, she has already matched her career-high, which she set last season. This is the second straight season the Berwick, Ontario native has been named to the First Team.
Aveson also garnered her second straight First Team nod after posting an 11-0-1 record in league play. Hailing from West Covina, Calif., Aveson helped the Cardinals become the top defense in the league by holding opponents to 1.00 goals per game. She posted a .952 save percentage against ECAC West opponents and allowed just 10 goals in league play. Aveson also led the league with seven shutouts.
Houle guided the Plattsburgh State women to an undefeated regular season with a 23-0-2 overall record and a 15-0-1 mark in the ECAC West. In his 10th season, Houle and the Cardinals have been in the top spot of the USCHO.com Division III Women’s poll for 11 straight weeks.
This is the fifth conference Coach of the Year citation for Houle, who last received the honor in 2009-10.
Receiving her first All-Conference nod, Stewart has emerged as one of the league’s top offensive players in her second season with the Cardinals. She is second on the team with 20 goals and 17 assists for 37 points. A forward from Pickering, Ontario, Stewart is second in the conference and sixth in Division III with an average of 1.48 points per game.
Era has been a constant on the All-Conference squads. The junior from Glendale, Ariz. was selected to the First Team this season after receiving Second-Team honors in 2011-12 and All-Rookie recognition the year before. Era has proved to be one of the Cardinals’ most versatile players this year, playing as a forward and on defense while amassing 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists).
A freshman forward out of Huntley, Ill., Senese lands on the All-Rookie team despite missing most of the first semester due to injury.
She has appeared in 17 games, and nine of her 10 points have come in conference play.
Ziesmann has made an immediate impact on the Plattsburgh blueline, appearing in all 25 games. The Oakville, Ontario native has recorded three goals and 11 assists in her first season.