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February 28, 2014

Eight Cardinals honored by ECAC West

CENTERVILLE, Mass. — The ECAC announced its 2013-2014 ECAC Women’s West hockey All-Conference Teams Thursday.

Plattsburgh State senior goaltender Sydney Aveson (West Covina, Calif.) was named the ECAC West Player of the Year, and Cardinals’ coach Kevin Houle was voted by his peers as the ECAC West Coach of the Year for the sixth time.

Elmira junior defensemen Brooke Wilgosh was selected Defensive Player of the Year, and Potsdam freshman forward Jordan Ott was voted Rookie of the Year.

The voting for the ECAC West All-Conference Teams and major award winners were completed by the head coaches within the ECAC West.

Aveson posted a 17-1-1 record in goal for the Cardinals this season, leading the country in goals-against average (0.37) after surrendering just seven goals in Plattsburgh’s first 25 games. In 1146:40 minutes of action, she recorded the nation’s best save percentage (.980) and has the most shutouts in the country with 13. She was named the ECAC West Goaltender of the Week seven times, her most recent coming after back-to-back shutouts in a sweep over Oswego.

Wilgosh anchored the Soaring Eagle defense, which was the second-best scoring defense in the conference and was among the top five in the country. Offensively, Wilgosh leads the conference in defenseman scoring, netting seven goals and handing out 19 assists for 26 points during the regular season.

Ott led the Bears to a 12-9-4 overall record and 7-5-4 conference mark to secure the No. 5 seed in the ECAC West Tournament. She is the top-scoring freshman in the conference, notching 22 goals and recording 14 assists for 36 points. She is second in the nation in goals per game and is among the top-10 in points per game. Ott was named ECAC West Rookie of the Week eight times this season.

Houle earned his sixth Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Cardinals to a share of the ECAC West regular-season crown with a 15-1 conference record and a 23-1-1 overall record. In his 11 seasons behind the bench, Houle has compiled a 256-42-20 record and owns a .836 winning percentage, which ranks first among all active women’s coaches. During his tenure, Plattsburgh has qualified for the NCAA Tournament nine times, while winning eight conference regular-season titles and three ECAC West Tournament championships.

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