Mercyhurst Cleans Up AHA Awards
CHN Staff Report
ROCHESTER, N.Y. Mercyhurst goaltender Jimmy Sarjeant and his coach, Rick Gotkin, won two of Atlantic Hockey's major awards, it was announced Thursday. Sarjeant became the third goaltender to win AHA Player of the Year, and second in a row, while Gotkin was named Coach of the Year.
Justin Danforth of Sacred Heart earned Rookie of the Year honors.
Sarjeant posted a 14-0-5 record, with a 2.00 goals against average, .943 save percentage and one shutout. He played a key role in helping the Lakers win the regular season title and earn the top seed in the Atlantic Hockey tournament.
Danforth led the Pioneers in scoring during his rookie campaign with 28 points, netting five goals along with 23 assists. He also finished the season tied for points in league games amongst rookies, helping Sacred Heart win 10 more games than it did last season.
In his 26th season at the helm, Gotkin led his team to a 17-4-6 record in conference play, earning the AHA regular season trophy and the No. 1 seed in the tournament. This is his first time being named Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year.
Mercyhurst’s Dan O’Donoghue was named the league’s top defensive forward, recognized by the league’s coaches for his strong play against the opposition’s top scorers, as well as his work on special teams. O’Donoghue scored nine goals and 26 points. Another Laker, Nick Jones, was named the top defenseman in the league, scoring 23 points on four goals and 19 assists, while posting a plus-18 rating.