Mar 18, 2011 2:11 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Five Air Force hockey players earned Atlantic Hockey Association honors as announced tonight at the 2011 AHA Banquet at the Radisson Riverside Hotel in Rochester, N.Y.
Junior defenseman Scott Mathis was named first-team all-conference while senior forward Jacques Lamoureux was named second team and junior defenseman Tim Kirby was third team. Freshmen goalie Jason Torf and defenseman Adam McKenzie were named to the all-rookie team.
Mathis, who was voted by his teammates as a team captain, is the team's top scoring defenseman with 26 points (7-19-26). He ranks second in the AHA?and 16th in the nation in points by a defenseman in all games. In AHA regular-season games this season, he was tied for second in points by a defenseman (5-16-21). The Crystal Lake, Ill., native is fourth on the team with three power-play goals on the season and also scored his first career short-handed goal at Niagara. Earlier this season he had a career-best three assists in the win over AIC, Oct. 23 and had a career-best seven-game point-scoring streak from Oct. 20 through Nov. 20. The honor is the second of Mathis' career as he was named to the AHA all-rookie team as a freshman.
Lamoureux, who was also voted by his teammates as a team captain, leads the team with 41 points and 21 goals. In AHA?regular-season games, he was third in the league in goals (18) and points (36). In all games, Lamoureux is tied for the national lead with 12 power-play goals and is second in the AHA?and tied for 32nd in the nation with three game winners. The Grand Forks, N.D., native recorded the third hat trick of his career in the win over AIC, Oct. 23. He had four points (3-1-4) in that game and was named the AHA Player of the Week, Oct. 25. This season, he scored the game-winning goal with less than one second left in regulation to beat Holy Cross, 7-6 on Dec. 4 and to tie Sacred Heart, 5-5 on Jan. 8 The center earned his second AHA?Player of the Week, and sixth of his career, as he scored two goals in each game vs. Canisius, Jan. 28-29. Lamoureux holds the Academy's career record with 40 power-play goals and 16 game-winners. His 76 career goals are the ninth most in school history while his 136 points are 16th. The honor is the third of his career as he was a first-team all-league selection as a sophomore and junior.
Kirby ranks second on the team in points by a defenseman with 20 (7-15-22). In AHA regular-season games, he ranked third in the league in points by a defenseman with 19 (7-12-19). His seven goals are tied for seventh on the team. The Austin, Minn., product tied his season high with two assists vs. Sacred Heart on March 11 as Air Force won game one of the AHA quarterfinal series. The honor is the second of Kirby's career as he was a first-team all-conference selection as a sophomore.
McKenzie was the top scoring freshman defenseman in Atlantic Hockey as he had 18 points (5-13-18) in AHA regular-season games. In all games this season, he has 19 points. His +8 was the second-best mark on the team among all defensemen. He tied his career-high of two points three times during the season. The Petaluma, Calif, native scored at least one point in 16 games this season, including a career best four-game point streak in February.
Torf's 3.04 goals-against average and .903 saves percentage were tops in the AHA among all freshman goaltenders. His 14 wins are the second most of any freshman goaltender in the nation. Entering the AHA Final Four, Torf has made 27 consecutive starts dating back to his win over then third-ranked Yale, Nov. 14. That win was the first of his career as he made 34 saves over a Yale team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for much of the season. The Hermosa Beach, Calif., was named the AHA?Goalie of the Month for December and was named the AHA Rookie of the Week three times this season. Torf had a career best 40 saves in the win at Mercyhurst, Feb. 19. His first career shutout came in the AHA?quarterfinals with a 4-0 win over Sacred Heart, March 12, as Air Force advanced to the AHA Final Four for an unprecedented five straight years.
The Air Force hockey team earned the league's team sportsmanship award by being the least penalized team in the league. Air Force was whistled for just 9.1 penalty minutes per game, the fewest in the nation.