Seven Hawks earn All-NE-10 men’s hockey honors

MANSFIELD, Mass. – Seven Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team members earned All-Northeast-10 Conference honors, the league announced on Friday. Peter Sikalis (Acton, Mass.) was named the NE-10 Defender of the Year en route to First Team honors, while Shane Joyce (Pembroke, Mass.) was honored as the Goaltender of the Year and was also named to the First Team.

Senior forwards Mark Meads (Middleton, Mass.) and Bryan Sullivan (Burlington, Mass.) were both named to the All-NE-10 First Team, with classmate Tyler Estee (Bow, N.H.) grabbing Second Team honors as a defensemen. Bryan Green (Weymouth, Mass.) and Jeremy Carignan (Amos, Quebec) were both named to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team.

Sikalis, a unanimous decision as a First Team selection, becomes the fourth-straight Hawk to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors following Tyler Estee in 2015 and Greg Merrill in 2013 and 2014. Sikalis appeared in all 25 games for the Hawks this season, tallying 17 points on six goals and 11 assists. He finished fourth on the team in points, while tying for second in assists with Meads, and was fifth on the team in goals. Sikalis finished 11th in the NE-10 in points, while tying for 10th in assists and ranking as the top-scoring defenseman in the league.

Shane Joyce earns his second-straight All-NE-10 selection after being named to the Second Team in his freshman campaign. Joyce is the first NE-10 Goaltender of the Year since Robert Kang in 2012. Joyce led the NE-10 in goals-against average (2.39), while ranking fifth in save percentage (.904), and third in winning percentage (.525) after posting nine wins in 2015-16. Joyce has 12 20-save games this season, including a pair of 30 save nights.

Meads was also a unanimous selection to the All-NE-10 First Team after leading the Hawks with 25 points during the regular season, recording a team-high 14 goals to go with 11 assists, which tied him for second on the Hawks. The senior finished third in the league in points, second in goals scored, tied for 10th in assists, third in power-play points (10), and tied for the league-lead with three game-winning goals.

Senior Bryan Sullivan ranked second on the team with 22 points this year on five goals and 17 assists. He tied for fifth in the NE-10 in points and was second in the conference in both assists and power-play points (11). So far in his career, Sullivan has appeared in 99 games and has 78 career points on 24 goals and 54 assists.

Tyler Estee earns his second-straight All-NE-10 honor after being a First Team selection and the Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. This season, Estee has eight assists which ranks him fifth on the team. The senior was part of a defensive core that led the league in scoring defense by allowing only 2.56 goals per game, and killed off over 83% of penalties.

Bryan Green finished eighth on the team in points this season with nine, and tied for third on the team in goals scored with seven. Green scored six goals during the week of January 18th, including his first career tally as part of a hat-trick, and was named the NE-10 Rookie of the Week on January 25th.

Carignan joined Green on the All-Rookie team after recording 10 points on three goals and seven assists. His point total ranked him as the third-highest scoring freshman in the conference. Carignan scored his first two career goals in a 4-2 win over Skidmore back in November.

The Hawks return to action on Saturday afternoon as #2 Saint Anselm hosts #3 Southern New Hampshire University at 4:00 p.m. in the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals at the Sullivan Arena.

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