ALBANY, N.Y. - ECAC Hockey men’s weekly awards were announced Tuesday, February 16 as Mike Vecchione, Union was named the league’s Player of the Week; Harvard’s Ryan Donato was tabbed as the league’s Rookie of the Week; while Alex Lyon from Yale was voted the league’s Goaltender of the Week.
Player of the Week
Mike Vecchione, Union College
(Junior, Forward - Saugus, Massachusetts)
Vecchione produced two goals and an assist in Union’s 4-1 win at Dartmouth on Friday. He also assisted on the team’s lone goal at then No. 9/9 Harvard on Saturday, extending his point streak to four games. Vecchione’s four points for the weekend were tied for the most among ECAC Hockey skaters and sixth in Division I. He also finished with an ECAC Hockey-best 30 face-off wins, winning 61.2% of his draws (30-19).
Other nominees: Gavin Bayreuther, St. Lawrence, Jordan Boucher, Clarkson, Ryan Donato, Harvard, Ryan Kuffner, Princeton, Cody Learned, Yale & Devon Toews, Quinnipiac
Rookie of the Week
Ryan Donato, Harvard University
(Freshman, Forward - Scituate, Massachusetts)
After scoring in the Beanpot consolation game, Donato followed that up with his first-career hat trick Saturday, scoring a goal in each period, guiding the Crimson to a 4-1 win over Union. He netted goals in both Beanpot games during his rookie campaign. The freshman now has 10 goals and 16 points in his first year, ranking him eighth among freshmen scorers in ECAC Hockey.
Other nominees: Ryan Kuffner, Princeton, Michael Laidley, St. Lawrence, Joe Snively, Yale & Brett Supinski, Union
Goaltender of the Week
Alex Lyon, Yale University
(Junior, Goaltender - Baudette, Minnesota)
Lyon allowed just a pair of goal on 58 shots on the road last weekend with a short bench that did not include his All-America defenseman Rob O'Gara. Lyon allowed Yale to sweep the trip to Colgate and Cornell by stopping every power-play; all breakaway opportunities and odd-man rushes. While helping the Bulldogs win their fifth straight game, he moved into the top spot on both the national goals-against average (1.47) and save percentage (.944) lists.
Other nominees: Arthur Brey, St. Lawrence, Jason Kasdorf, Rensselaer & Greg Lewis, Clarkson
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