Union Men’s Hockey Wins ECAC Monthly Awards
Junior forward Jeremy Welsh, freshman forward Max Novak and sophomore goaltender Troy Grosenick all earned ECAC Hockey monthly honors, the league announced on Friday. Welsh was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Month, Novak earned Rookie of the Month honors, and Grosenick was named Goaltender of the Month for the second time this season.
Welsh has elevated his game in postseason play, with eight points (five goals, three assists) in six postseason games, including a current five-game goal-scoring streak. Welsh had five points (three goals, two assists) in four ECAC Hockey Tournament games, helping the Dutchmen earn a quarterfinal series sweep over RPI, followed by wins over Colgate and Harvard during ECAC Championship Weekend at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Welsh was named Most Outstanding Player for his efforts - which included a spectacular game-tying goal in the third period of the championship game against Harvard. Welsh's standout play has continued in the NCAA Tournament. He had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over Michigan State in the opening round, and added a goal in a 4-2 East Regional final win over UMass-Lowell, helping the Dutchmen earn their first Frozen Four berth in school history. Welsh was named Most Outstanding Player of the East Regional in Bridgeport, CT for his efforts.
Novak has scored three key goals in the postseason for the Dutchmen. Novak helped the Dutchmen take a 2-0 lead in the first period in Game 1 of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals against RPI, a game they would go on to win 3-2. Novak also scored early in the ECAC Semifinals against Colgate, giving Union a 2-0 lead in a game they would go on to win 6-2. Last weekend, Novak made history, scoring Union's first ever NCAA Tournament goal in the Division I era to give Union a 1-0 lead in the first period against Michigan State.
Grosenick has been outstanding in net for the Dutchmen in postseason play, allowing two goals or less in each of the six games, posting a 6-0-0 record with a 1.67 GAA and .930 save percentage. Grosenick carried Union to a series win in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals against RPI, stopping all 14 shots in the third period of a 3-2 win in Game 2 to help the Dutchmen clinch the series victory. Grosenick continued his excellent play in ECAC Hockey Championship Weekend, stopping 28 shots in a 6-2 win over Colgate, and 16 shots in a 3-1 win over Harvard in the championship game to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. In the NCAA Tournament, Grosenick stopped 20 of 21 shots in a first round win over Michigan State, and turned in a spectacular performance against UMass-Lowell the next night, with two highlight-reel goal line stops in a 4-2 win over the River Hawks. Grosenick was also named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month in January.
The preceding information was provided by Jeffrey Weinstein, Assistant Sports Information Director for Union College Athletics.