February 27, 2012

Four Earn MASCAC Post-Season Hockey Honors

Freshman defenseman Steve Ginand

Freshman defenseman Steve Ginand

NEW BEDFORD, MA -Four members of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team have earned Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference post-season honors. Senior forward Mike Owens (South Boston, MA/Boston Jr. Bulldogs-AtJHL) earned first team All-Conference honors, and was also named Player of the Year. Senior forward Rob Dudley (Douglas, MA/Middlesex School) was named second team All-Conference, as were freshman defenseman Steve Ginand (Milton, MA/Northern Cyclones-AtJHL) and junior defenseman Zach Hepler (Sarver, PA/Dixie Beehives-OPJHL). Ginand was named MASCAC Rookie of the Year.

Owens leads UMass Dartmouth in scoring with 23 goals and 17 assists for 40 points in 26 games. He is tied for seventh in Division III with 1.54 points per game, and his 23 goals are tied for the second-highest mark in Division III. He also led the MASCAC in goals and points. Dudley ranks second with 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points in 26 games, and his four game-winning goals leave him tied for seventh nationally.

Ginand is third in scoring with seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points in 26 games, led MASCAC freshmen in scoring with 0.77 points per game, tied Owens for the MASCAC lead in power play points, and led MASCAC defensemen in scoring. Hepler was seventh in scoring with one goal and 15 assists for 16 points in 18 games, and was fourth in the MASCAC in scoring among defensemen.

"Mike Owens has been a dynamic captain for this team in the locker room and in the weight room," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "His statistics speak volumes for his value on the ice. Mike and Rob Dudley have had two right wingers on their line this season, and they have averaged just under two goals per game. It's been a long time since any UMass Dartmouth line has come up with numbers like those. Rob Dudley might be riding shotgun as Owens' center man, but he has chipped in with some key goals among his 14. You can't place a higher value on his playmaking and his ability in the face-off circle. Steve Ginand had a very good season offensively at the blue line, his seven goals tops conference defensemen. He has a calm presence with the puck. Zach Hepler, a transfer from Plattsburgh State, teamed up with Steve Ginand on our number one defense pairing and is a very unsung type defenseman. He quietly goes about his job, and does everything well. He defends well, moved the puck on the breakout well, he gives us goal scoring ability on the point and on the power play, just a solid all-around defenseman."

UMass Dartmouth will take a 16-8-2 record into their semi-final game at second-seeded Salem State Tuesday night.