Five Bemidji State skaters receive All-CHA honors
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - Cody Bostock (Sr., Salmon Arm, British Columbia), Matt Dalton (So., G, Clinton, Ontario), Brad Hunt (Fr., D, Ridge Meadows, British Columbia), Matt Read (So., F, Ilderton, Ontario) and Tyler Scofield (Sr., F, Prince George, British Columbia) of the Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team were announced as members of the 2009 All-College Hockey America Teams in a release by the league office today. League coaches voted Hunt and Read to the first team while Bostock, Dalton and Scofield were each selected Second-Team All-CHA.

The quintet of BSU All-CHA selections led the conference and marked the eighth consecutive season that BSU has been represented by multiple student-athletes to the all-conference teams.

After back-to-back seasons with one first-team selection, the Beavers had two student-athletes picked to the first team for the first time since Matt Climie, Luke Erickson and Andrew Martens grabbed first-team honors in 2006.

Hunt, who also held down a spot on the CHA All-Rookie team this winter, finished the regular season tied with Scofield for second on the team in scoring with 9-20=29 and finished behind only Read with 20 assists. Hunt’s 29 points match Daryl Bat (1999-2001) for the third-best offensive season by a freshman in BSU’s Division I history and stands as the second-best single-season total by a defensemen since 1999 (Stephan Bjork, 15-19=34). In addition, his total of 20 assists puts him atop BSU’s Division I-era defensemen assists list.

Hunt tallied 4-15=19 points in CHA play to lead not only all rookies, but also all blueliners and situate him fifth among CHA scorers. Hunt also proved to be vital cog on a BSU power-play unit that paced the conference converting over 21-percent (21-99) of its opportunities on the man advantage. The freshman finished the season perched atop the league’s power-play scoring list with 3-9=12 points.

Hunt was a three-time CHA Rookie of the Week honoree during the 2008-09 regular-season, while garnering the league’s Defensive Player of the Week laurel three times.

Hunt is the first BSU freshman to be selected First-Team All-CHA since the team joined the CHA in 1999-2000.

Read paced the Beavers in scoring for the second consecutive season racking up 9-21=30 points. He became the first BSU player since Luke Erickson (16-19=35 in 2005-06) to post 30 or more points. His scoring effort marks only the third time in BSU’s Division I history that a sophomore player has broken the 30-point plateau. In 2008, Read recorded six multi-point efforts, which includes twice matching a career-best 1-2=3 points in wins over Robert Morris Jan. 30 and Mar. 7.

In league play, the sophomore registered 5-10=15 points to tie teammate Matt Francis (Sr., F, Surrey, British Columbia) for 10th in CHA scoring. His 1-2=3 short-handed points paced the league while he anchored a BSU offensive attack that led the conference in scoring per game 2.11 and power-play unit (21.2 percent) that set the standard for the league.

Read was a member of the CHA All-Rookie team a year ago.

Hunt and Read were joined on the first team by Robert Morris University forwards Chris Margott and Nathan Longpre, Colonial defenseman Denny Urban and Juliano Pagliero, goaltender for Niagara University.

Longpre, Margott, Read and Pagliero were all unanimous selections to the first team.
The selection of Bostock, Dalton and Scofield to the second team, marks the second time BSU has held down three spots on the squad and the first since Grady Hunt, Peter Jonsson and Riley Riddel were picked Second-Team All-CHA in 2004.

Bostock, an assistant captain for BSU in 2008-09, anchored a defensive unit that average 2.12 points per game while finishing second among Beaver blueliners with 3-13=16 points. His two assists in a 5-1 victory over Robert Morris Jan. 31 match a career-high and stand as his best scoring effort of the season.

With 15-39-54 points in his career, he sits among the top 20 scorers of the BSU Division I era, while holding down the 32nd spot on the Beavers’ all-time defensive scoring list.

Bostock makes his third appearance on the All-CHA squad. The senior’s second team selection this season follows a 2008 first-team award. He was also named to the CHA All-Rookie team in 2006.

The first-time All-CHA honoree Dalton turned heads as a sophomore. Just one year removed from five appearances and a 1-3-0 record, Dalton occupied the BSU net for over 1,529 minutes in 2008-09. He finished the season as the first Beaver goaltender to post 15 wins since Robin Cook in 1995-96 with a 15-10-1 overall record.

With an 11-5-1 mark in CHA play, Dalton led the league in goals against average (194) while finishing the regular season second in the league in both save percentage (.924), saves (400) and winning percentage (.626).

Dalton’s career save percentage of .909 and goals against average of 2.42 are second in program history among goaltenders that have posted at least 1,500 minutes between the pipes.

Dalton was a four-time recipient of the CHA’s Defensive Player of the week award in 2008-09, was a Hockey Commissioner’s Association National Player of the Month Honorable mention for February and earned INCH National Player of the Week honors Feb. 23.

Scofield makes his first appearance as an All-CHA selection since he was named to the league All-Rookie team in 2006.

The senior playmaker finished 2008-09 tied with Hunt for second on the team in scoring with 17-12=29 points. His 17 goals is not only a career-high, it also led the team and marked the first time since 2005-06 (Ryan Miller) a BSU skater has lit the lamp at least 17 times in a single season. The Prince George, British Columbia native has posted seven multi-point efforts as a senior, which include a team-leading three multi-goal games. His four-point effort, and first career hat trick in the season finale single-handedly lifted BSU to the 6-4 victory.

Scofield averaged one-point per game in CHA play. His nine goals, 4-5=9 points on the power play and four power-play goals were all good for fourth in the league while he posted a pair of game-winning goals to finish second among CHA scorers.

With 43-58=101 points in a green and white sweater, Scofield is tied for fourth in scoring during Bemidji State’s Division I-era, his 58 helpers rank fourth at BSU since 1999-2000 and he is one of only four Division I-era players to record 40 goals and 50 assists.

Scofield was a two-time CHA Offensive Player of the Week during the 2008-09 regular season and was selected INCH National Player of the Week Honorable Mention Mar. 9.

Scofield will represent BSU and the CHA in the 2009 Frozen Four Skills Challenge in Washington, D.C. April 10.

Joining the NU trio on the second team were: Niagara Forwards Egor Mironov and Vince Rocco and Purple Eagle defenseman Tyler Gotto.

Bemidji State finished its 2008-09 regular season with a record of 16-15-1 and captured its fourth College Hockey America regular-season crown in the past six campaigns with a mark of 12-5-1 in league play. The Beavers open play in the 2009 CHA Tournament on Friday when they battle the No. 4 seed Ala.-Huntsville at 7 p.m. The winner of the game will face the winner of the other semifinal, featuring No. 2 Niagara and No. 3 Robert Morris, in the championship game for the right to a spot in the NCAA Tournament field of 16. The 2009 CHA Tournament is being hosted by BSU at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse.

2008-09 First Team All-College Hockey America Selections
Nathan Longpre*, Robert Morris, So., F, Peterborough, Ontario
Chris Margott*#, Robert Morris, Sr., F, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Matt Read*, Bemidji State, So., F, Ilderton, Ontario
Brad Hunt, Bemidji State, Fr., Ridge Meadows, British Columbia
Denny Urban, Robert Morris, So., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Juliano Pagliero*!, Niagara, Sr., Dalroy, Alberta

2008-09 Second Team All-College Hockey America Selections
Egor Mironov, Niagara, Jr., F, Toronto, Ontario
Vince Rocco!, Niagara, Sr., F, Woodbridge, Ontario
Tyler Scofield, Bemidji State, Sr., F, Prince George, British Columbia
Cody Bostock!, Bemidji State, Sr., D, Salmon Arm, British Columbia
Tyler Gotto#, Niagara, Jr., D, Calgary, Alberta
Matt Dalton, Bemidji State, So., G, Clinton, Ontario

*indicates unanimous selection
! indicates 2008 All-CHA First Team selection
# indicates 2008 All-CHA Second Team Selection