UWSP Men’s hockey announces team awards at postseason banquet
STEVENS POINT, Wis. – The national runner-up UW-Stevens Point men’s hockey team announced their team awards at the team’s postseason banquet on Saturday, April 12 at the Holiday Inn Banquet Center.
Junior Garrett Ladd (Fenton, MI/Fenton), the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Player of the Year, received the team’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award after ranking fourth in the nation in scoring this season with 42 points. Ladd ‘s 42-point season makes him the second UWSP player to hit the 40-point mark in a single season in the last 13 seasons. Ladd also was named a 2014 CCM Division III Men’s Hockey All-American this season.
Freshman Kyle Sharkey (Moore, OK/Insight School of Kansas) earned Rookie of the Year honors for the Pointers. Sharkey joined Ladd as the only two WIAC players to tally 30-point seasons, finishing second with 33 points, which ranked him in the top 25 nationally. The freshman’s 15 goals in 2013-14 were tied for the second-most in the conference and his 18 assists were second in the WIAC.
The team’s most improved player award went to sophomore Nick D’Avolio (North Riverside, IL). After playing in six games last season as a freshman, D’Avolio finished fifth on the team in goals (11) this season, while playing in 29 games. The sophomore was one of five WIAC players to record a hat trick in 2013-14 and also contributed eight assists.
Evan Dixon (Novi, MI) won the team’s Purple Heart Award, given to the player who lays it on the line, day in and day out, on and off the ice. The assistant captain played in all 30 games in his sophomore season, scoring six goals and adding four assists.
The banquet concluded a season in which the Pointers were the national runner-up for the third time. UW-Stevens Point wrapped up the season with a 22-6-2 record overall and made its first appearance in the NCAA Division III postseason in 16 years, including the team’s seventh trip to the Frozen Four.
UW-Stevens Point finished the season ranked No. 2 in the country and will lose four seniors next season.