Five Oswego State Men’s Hockey Players Named To All-SUNYAC Teams

FREDONIA, N.Y. – The State University of New York Athletic Conference released its 2011-12 Men’s Ice Hockey All-Conference teams as voted on by the league’s coaches on Tuesday and five Oswego State players landed on the squads.  Junior forward Jon Whitelaw was the lone representative on the First Team, while junior forward Paul Rodrigues and junior defenseman Zack Josepher were named to the Second Team.  Junior goaltender Andrew Hare and junior defenseman Taylor Farris were selected to the Third Team.

Assistant captain Jon Whitelaw, a native of Hunstville, Ont., tied for the SUNYAC lead in points with 27 and was first in goals scored at 13. He also paced the league in power-play points with 11 on two goals and nine assists. Whitelaw currently leads the team in overall scoring at 37 points on 17 goals, including five power-play and four game-winning goals, and 20 assists. He joined the 100-point club earlier this season, and now has 105 points on 41 goals and 64 assists in his career.

Linemate Paul Rodrigues, an Etobicoke, Ontario native, earned Second Team All-SUNYAC honors after finishing the league schedule third in points with 25 points on 11 goals and 14 assists in 15 games. Rodrigues led the conference with seven power-play goals on the second-best power-play unit in the SUNYAC, converting 28.9 percent of its opportunities.

Defenseman Zack Josepher, who hails from Wantagh, N.Y., was named to Second Team All-SUNYAC. Josepher was second in scoring among conference defenseman with 13 points on 13 assists in 15 league appearance. Currently, he is second among Oswego State’s defensemen in scoring with 18 points on two goals and 16 assists.

Andrew Hare of Burlington, Ontario, a Third Team All-SUNYAC pick, paced the league in the majority of goaltending categories, including goals against average (1.51), save percentage (.938), and wins (13).  He also logged nearly 875 minutes between the pipes, which was second in the conference.  He was a two-time SUNYAC Goaltender of the Week, earning the honor on October 24 and February 20.

Defenseman Taylor Farris, a native of Oakville, Ontario, was also a Third Team All-SUNYAC pick.  Farris anchors a defensive unit that allowed a conference-low 1.62 goals per game and the second-best penalty kill unit in the league, effectively killing off 88.4 percent of opponents’ power-play chances. Farris also contributed seven points on two goals and five in 16 league games.

The Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Coach of the Year will be announced later this week.

The No. 1-nationally ranked Lakers, who are 21-2-2 overall, host a SUNYAC Semifinal game against the lowest remaining seed following Wednesday night’s play-in games on Saturday at 7 p.m.