ADRIAN, Mich. - The Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA) hosted its annual awards banquet at Adrian College on Thursday night and the Bulldogs once again brought home some heavy hardware.
The team was presented the regular season championship plaque for the sixth straight time and also was awarded the plaque for Southern Division champs.
Senior forward Zach Graham (Palmerston, Ont.) became the first Bulldog and third player in MCHA history to win multiple Player of the Year accolades repeating last year's feat. Graham's selection marks the fifth time in Adrian's six-year league history that an Adrian player has won player of the year honors. Graham enters Harris Cup play with 159 points in 109 career games. He currently ranks tied for fourth all-time in league history with 47 goals and 125 points. In addition, he ranks fifth in career assists with 78. In school history, Graham ranks third in points, fourth in goals (60) and fourth in power play goals (22).
Head Coach Ron Fogarty was named Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season and third time overall in his six-year stint at Adrian College. Fogarty's guys finished the regular season 17-0-3 marking the third time in his tenure that the team has gone unbeaten in league regular season play. The Bulldogs have also hoisted four Harris Cup trophies. The Bulldogs currently have the second-best scoring offense and top power play in NCAA Division III.
Freshman forward Shaquille Merasty (Minnedosa, Man.) earned All-Freshmen and All-Conference plaudits. Merasty led all rookies in NCAA Division III in scoring with 34 points and ranked 14th overall nationally in points per game. Merasty also ranked second nationally in goals per game (0.8). He was second behind Graham in MCHA scoring with 29 points and tied for the league lead with seven power play goals.
Sophomore goaltender Scott Shackell (Kanata, Ont.) earned his second straight All-Conference award between the pipes for the Bulldogs. Shackell led the conference with a 1.75 goals-against average and went 9-0-2 in net. He also led the league with a .938 save percentage. Shackell ranks fifth nationally in win percentage and 13th in goals-against average.