USCHO.com’s ECAC West writer Scott Biggar tabbed Hobart College first-year forward Tommaso Traversa the ECAC West Rookie of the Year. He also named five Statesmen to the ECAC West All-USCHO.com teams.
Junior defenseman Brad Richard and junior goalie Marty Ausserhofer were named to the first team. Junior forward Frank Salituro was selected to the second team, while Traversa and first-year defenseman Bronson Kovacs earned spots on the all-rookie team.
Richard, who has played in all 26 games this season, is third on the team with 20 points on 11 goals and nine assists. The All-ECAC West second team selection ranks second in the conference and 22nd in the nation in defenseman scoring, averaging 0.77 points per game. Richard posted a season-high four points in a 10-3 victory over Manhattanville on Feb. 18. He plays a key role in the Statesmen defensive unit that has recorded three shutouts and leads the conference in scoring defense allowing an average of just 2.69 goals per game.
Ausserhofer has played in 17 games and leads the ECAC West with a 2.34 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. He posted a 10-5-1 record in goal. Ausserhofer turned aside all 20 shots that he faced to earn his first career shutout in a 4-0 win over Potsdam on Jan. 21. He stopped a season-high 35 shots in a 4-1 win over Neumann on Feb. 4. Ausserhofer was selected the ECAC Goalie of the Week twice this year.
Salituro has also played in all 26 games this winter. He leads the Statesmen with 26 points on 11 goals and a team-high 15 assists. Salituro is tied for eighth in the ECAC West in points, tied for ninth in goals and tied for 12th in assists. He shares the conference lead with 14 power-play points and is tied for second in the league and 11th in the nation with seven power-play goals. Salituro notched game-winning goals in a 4-2 win over Buffalo State and in a 3-0 shutout of Manhattanville. He has produced at least one point in 16 games and tallied two or more points eight times this season. Salituro garnered honorable mention from the ECAC West.
Traversa shares third on the team, having logged 20 points in his rookie season. An All-ECAC West rookie team honoree, is tied for second on the team with 10 assists and ranks third with 10 goals. Traversa shares the conference lead in first-year scoring and was tabbed Rookie of the Week twice this winter. He has scored two game-winning goals this season. The first was in a 5-2 win over Curry, and the second came in a 10-3 rout of Manhattanville to finish the regular season. Traversa has tallied three points in each of the past three games for the Statesmen.
Kovacs has played in 20 games in his first year at Hobart. He has recorded five goals and five assists for 10 points. He ranks sixth in the ECAC West in first-year scoring. Kovacs scored the game-winning goal and tallied a season-high three points in a 5-3 victory over Babson. He also logged the game-winner and tallied two points in 5-4 win at then No. 11 Elmira. Kovacs was selected the ECAC West Rookie of the Week twice this season.
The Statesmen, the No. 3 seed in the ECAC West tournament, will host fifth-seeded Neumann in the championship game on Saturday, March 3 at The Cooler. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. All Hobart and William Smith students will receive free admission courtesy of Hobart Student Government and William Smith Congress.