ADRIAN, Mich. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University men's hockey team was honored with two players on the 2013 MCHA Postseason awards list as junior forward Tyler Klein (Fargo, N.D.) and senior defenseman Mitch Kriz (Berwyn, Ill.) were named to the All-MCHA team, the league office announced today, March 1.
It marks the fourth straight year that two or more Sabres have been named to the All-MCHA squad. In the 15-year history of the league, Marian has placed multiple players on the All-Conference team in all but one of those seasons. For Klein and Kriz, it is their first such honor.
Klein finished third in the league with 15 goals scored and tied for first with two short-handed scores. His 21 points (15G, 6A) led the Sabres with 18 of those coming in MCHA play. The transfer from UW-Superior also added three game-winning goals and four power-play goals in his first season with the Sabres.
Kriz has anchored the Marian defense with versatility this season, scoring six goals with 11 assists. His career-high 17 points was good for third on the team and fourth in the league among defensemen.
Kriz also hauled in his second Academic All-MCHA honor, as did junior Robbie Bailey. Senior Andy Kuechler made it a perfect three-for-three on the list as freshmen are not eligible. Brian Berger, Kevin Darcy, Aaron Leonard, Josh Martin and Klein were also honored as the Sabres were tied with Lake Forest for the most players on one team to make the list with eight.
Adrian's Zach Graham was named MCHA Player of the Year and Ron Fogarty of Adrian earned MCHA Coach of the Year. Adrian will host the Harris Cup Four this weekend in Michigan.
The top-seeded Bulldogs will faceoff against fourth-seeded Northland, while #2 Marian will take on #3 MSOE in a re-match of last year. The winners of each Friday semifinal will then square off in the Harris Cup final Saturday at 4 p.m. EST.
A list of this year's postseason honors:
MCHA Player of the Year: Zach Graham (Adrian College)
MCHA Coach of the Year: Ron Fogarty (Adrian College)
2012-13 MCHA All-Conference
Forward: Zach Graham (Adrian College, Senior)
Forward: Jordan Keizer (MSOE, Senior)
Forward: Tyler Klein (Marian University, Junior)
Forward: Shaquille Merasty (Adrian College, Freshman)
Forward: Brad Scurfield (Lawrence University, Senior)
Forward: Brad Tierney (MSOE, Senior)
Defense: Brandon Boelter (Lawrence University, Freshman)
Defense: Mitch Kriz (Marian University, Senior)
Defense: Mike Montrose (Finlandia University, Junior)
Defense: Michael Thompson (MSOE, Junior)
Defense: Brady Vandenberk (Northland College, Senior)
Goalie: Scott Shackell (Adrian College, Sophomore)
Goalie: Brendan Sullivan (Lake Forest College, Senior)
*Note: Extra spot at defense due to tie in voting
2012-13 MCHA All-Freshmen Team
Forward: Cody Ganchar (MSOE)
Forward: Logan Lemirande (Lawrence University)
Forward: Shaquille Merasty (Adrian College)
Defense: Brandon Boelter (Lawrence University)
Defense: Ben Certo (Lake Forest College)
Goalie: Nick Kohn (MSOE)
2012-13 MCHA All-Academic Team
Adrian - 3
Zach Graham, Senior * … Rob Heath, Sophomore … Dylan Towns, Sophomore
Concordia – 2
Brandon Bayer, Junior … Billy Sias, Senior
Finlandia – 5
Troy Chandler, Junior … Cedrik LaFrance, Sophomore … Jordan Marr, Sophomore … Michael Montrose, Junior … Scott Vargas, Junior
Lake Forest – 8
Thomas Bark, Senior # … Robert Barrett, Sophomore … Christopher Gard, Junior * … Jason McAloon, Sophomore … Peter Nesper, Sophomore … Cameron Severson, Sophomore … David Sharpe, Senior # … Luke Swardenski, Sophomore
Lawrence – 7
Kevin Aslett, Senior * … Mike Baldino, Senior #… Phil Bushbacher, Senior * … Kevin Killian, Sophomore … Austin Rohaly, Sophomore … William Thoren, Junior * … Paul Zuke, Junior
Marian – 8
Robbie Bailey, Junior * … Brian Berger, Sophomore … Kevin Darcy, Sophomore … Tyler Klein, Junior … Mitch Kriz, Senior * … Andy Kuechler, Senior # … Aaron Leonard, Sophomore … Josh Martin, Sophomore
MSOE – 5
West Bauman, Junior * … Nathan Brunk, Senior # … Carl Lindblad, Senior # … Kevin Logiudice, Sophomore … Devin Schmitt, Junior *
Northland – 7
Shane Buckley, Senior … Sean Devlin, Sophomore … Cody Hasbargen, Sophomore … Austin Southerland, Senior # … Matt Valley, Sophomore … Jamieson Webking, Senior … Zeke Yslas, Sophomore
Note: * = Two-Time All-Academic member ... # = Three-time All-Academic member