Heath, McLaughlin, Schmelzer all earn honors

 

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Dylan McLaughlin (left), Cameron Heath (center) and Ryan Schmelzer all earned All-Atlantic Hockey honors on Thursday. (Photos by Justin Fague/The Griffin; Graphic by Marshall Haim)

 

By Marshall Haim

Sports Editor

Cameron Heath, Dylan McLaughlin and Ryan Schmelzer are all going to have to make some room on their trophy shelves. It is the third time in the last four years that Canisius has had at least three players named to earn All-Atlantic Hockey honors.

Heath, a junior defenseman, had 19 points this season (six goals, 13 assists) tied for 12th in scoring amongst blueliners in Atlantic Hockey. The Troy, Mich. native blocked 44 shots this season, the third most on the team.

It is the second consecutive year that the left-handed shooting defender was named to the All-Atlantic Hockey team. He was a second team selection a year ago.

Like Heath, McLaughlin earns All-AHC honors for the second consecutive season. The left winger had 44 points (15 goals, 29 assists) in 33 games this season en route to being named to the All-First Team. His 1.33 points per game average was tied for fifth in the nation with Denver’s Henrik Borgström, currently drafted by the Florida Panthers. Northeastern’s Adam Gaudette leads the nation in points per game (1.65). McLaughlin also recorded at least one point in 25 of his 33 games this season and netted multiple points in 14 games.

McLaughlin, named to the All-AHC Third Team last season, was also nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, the most prestigious award handed out to the best player in college hockey.

Schmelzer also secured his second consecutive honors from Atlantic Hockey. After being named to the second team last year, the Buffalo native earned third team honors this season.

The senior captain has 13 goals and 16 assists this season in 28 games. Schmelzer’s plus-10 rating was tied for the best mark on the team this season with McLaughlin. Schmelzer also added four game-winning goals this season, the second-best mark behind Nick Hutchison (5).

Schmelzer has not played since Feb. 3 vs. Holy Cross due to an upper-body injury but is expected to be back in the lineup for tonight’s opening game of the best-of-three series with AIC in the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals at HarborCenter.

Freshman Grant Meyer was the lone Canisius newcomer to be named to the All-Rookie Team on Monday afternoon. The Genoa, Ohio native scored six of his 14 points this season in his last seven contests.

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