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    March 17, 1998

    Eaton, Noble Headline 10 Postseason Awards For Notre Dame Hockey

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Seven Notre Dame hockey players have combined for 10 postseason Central Collegiate Hockey Association awards, led by freshman defenseman Mark Eaton (Wilmington, Del.) and senior center Steve Noble (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario).

    Eaton was named to the six-player all-rookie team and is considered a leading candidate for CCHA rookie of the year, to be announced at the CCHA banquet on March 19. Eaton also was one of four Irish players to receive votes for the All-CCHA team, joining Ohio State goaltender Jeff Maund and Michigan defenseman Mike Van Ryn as the only freshmen to receive all-CCHA votes.

    Noble was named to the six-player CCHA All-Academic team for the second consecutive season, after boostng his cumulative grade-point average to 3.952.

    Four Notre Dame players received votes for the All-CCHA team, tied with Lake Superior for fourth-most in the CCHA behind Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State (five each). Nearly half (15) of the 32 players receiving all-CCHA votes were seniors, with Notre Dame and OSU set to return the most vote-getters (four each).

    Five Notre Dame players received consideration for the CCHA All-Academic team, tied with Ferris State for second in e CCHA behind Bowling Green's seven (MSU was the only other school with more than three). In addition to Noble, three Irish players were named to the honorable mention All-Academic team, giving the Irish the most players (4) on the All-Academic and honorable mention All-Academic teams, ahead of FSU, MSU and OSU (who had three each).

    Joining Eaton on the All-CCHA honorable mention list were junior left wing Aniket Dhadphale (Marquette, Mich.), junior defenseman Benoit Cotnoir (Rouyn-Noranda, Que.) and sophomore center Ben Simon (Shaker Heights, Ohio).

    The Irish players receiving CCHA All-Academic honorable mention were Dhadphale, senior center Lyle Andrusiak (Foam Lake, Sask.), and junior goaltender Forrest Karr (DeForest, Wis.). Cotnoir received All-Academic special mention.

    Eaton's 29 points tied with Cotnoir for third among all CCHA defensemen, behind Miami senior Dan Boyle (14G-26A) and Ferris State senior Brett Colborne (7G-30A). Eaton tied for fourth on the Irish scoring list, highlighted by a team-best 18 points on the road--including a pair of first goals in last week's playoff series at Michigan. He ranked second on the team in plus-minus (+13) and power-play goals (7) while totaling just 16 penalties in 41 games. Eaton's 12 goals are the seventh-most ever by an Irish defenseman and most since 1986. He helped the Irish set school records for team goal-against average (2.74) and save pct. (.899) while playing a key role in the best Irish season penalty-killing pct. (.843) since 1975.

    Noble has totaled 31 A's, three A-'s and one B+ in his first seven semesters as a finance major at Notre Dame, including four perfect 4.0 semesters. He ranked seventh on the 1997-98 Irish squad with a career-best 25 points (8G-7A) while totaling just nine penalties. Noble appeared in the final 75 games of his career and 148 of 149 overall, becoming just the fifth Irish player to appear in 148-plus games and the third to log 140-plus while missing no games or one game. Noble joined MSU's Tyler Harlton and Western Michigan's Jeff Rucinski as repeat selections to the All-Academic team.

    Dhadphale netted his 25th goal of the season in the final game of the season at Michigan, giving him the third-most goals in the CCHA this season and the most at Notre Dame since 1990. He finished second on the team with 35 points, including 12 power-play goals--second-most at Notre Dame in the 1990s and third-most in the nation this season. He scored the first goal of the game a team-best six times this season. Dhadphale carries a 3.34 cumulative GPA as a finance major, including a 3.47 in the 1997 fall semester. Simon finished the season with a team-best 37 points (9G-28A), tied for 13th on the CCHA scoring charts. He registered a point in 27 of the 37 games he played while sharing for the team lead in shorthanded goals (3).

    Andrusiak carries a 3.54 cumulative GPA as a business management information systems major, including a 3.58 in the 1997 fall semester. His 24 points (8G-16A) ranked eighth on the 1997-98 Irish squad, highlighted by a pair of game-winning goals and a four-point game versus Ferris State. Karr carries a 3.77 cumulative GPA as an accounting and computer applications major, including a 3.92 in the 1997 fall semester. He went 6-3-1 this season while ranking eighth in the CCHA with a 2.88 goals-against avg., plus an .875 save pct. Cotnoir carries a 3.15 cumulative GPA as an economics major, including a 3.07 in the 1997 fall semester. He is tied with Eaton as the third-leading scorer among CCHA defensemen, with 29 points (10G-19A) while his 19 power-play points (4G-15A) ranked third among all CCHA players, behind forwards Muckalt of Michigan (27) and Sean Berens of MSU (23).

    To be eligible for CCHA All-Academic Team consideration, a player must be at least a sophomore and have a 3.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The all-academic team is selected the faculty athletic representatives of the 11 member institutions, considering both academic and athletic achievement. The players receiving the top six vote totals are honored as first-team members, with all others receiving votes earning honorable mention recognition. Anyone nominated receives special mention honors.

    ALL-CCHA FIRST TEAM: Chad Alban (G, MSU, Sr.), Tyler Harlton (D, MSU, Sr.), Dan Boyle (D, Miami, Sr.), Bill Muckalt (RW, Mich., Sr.), Sean Berens (C, MSU, Sr.), Hugo Boisvert (C, OSU, So.). SECOND TEAM: Marty Turco (G, Mich., Sr.), Bubba Berenzweig (D, Mich., Jr.), Brett Colborne (D, FSU, Sr.), Mike York (C, MSU, Jr.), Terry Marchant (C, LSSU, Sr.), Bobby Hayes (C, Mich., Jr.). HONORABLE MENTION: Mike Weaver (D, MSU, So.), Eric Meloche (W, OSU, So.), Trevor Prior (G, Miami, Sr.), Adam Copeland (RW, Miami, Sr.), Chris Richards (C, OSU, Jr.), Curtis Sheptak (D, NMU, Sr.). OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Jeff Maund (G, OSU, Fr.), Ryan Root (D, OSU, Sr.), Mark Eaton (D, ND, Fr.), Mike Van Ryn (D, Mich., Fr.), Ted Laviolette (D, LSSU, Sr.), Benoit Cotnoir (D, ND, Jr.), Rocky Welsing (D, NMU, Sr.), Aniket Dhadphale (LW, ND, Jr.), Joel Irwin (RW, FSU, Jr.), Jason Sessa (RW, LSSU, Jr.), Roger Trudeau (LW, NMU, So.), Joe Blaznek (LW, LSSU, Sr.), Ben Simon (C, ND, So.), Brent Wishart (C, FSU, So.).

    CCHA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Rustyn Doloyny (C, MSU), Mark Kosick (C, Mich.), Kevin Swider (C, FSU), Mark Eaton (D, ND), Mike Van Ryn (D, Mich.), Jeff Maund (G, OSU). HONORABLE MENTION: Jean-Francois Dufour (W, OSU), Alex Kim (F, Miami), Josh Langfeld (RW, Mich.), Fred Mattersdorfer (LW, NMU), Jim Dube (D, FSU), Andre Signoretti (D, OSU), Jeff White (D, NMU), Rob Galatiuk (G, LSSU), Shawn Timm (G, BG).

    CCHA ALL-ACADEMIC: Brett Colborne (FSU, Sr., Business Administration), Chris Fox (Mich., Sr., Anthropology & Zoology), Tyler Harlton (MSU, Sr., Political Theory), Steve Noble (ND, Sr., Finance), Jeff Rucinski (WMU, Sr., Finance), Curtis Sheptak (NMU, Sr., Accounting). HONORABLE MENTION: Lyle Andrusiak (ND), Matt Barnes (WMU), Jeff Blashill (FSU), Dan Cousineau (OSU), Aniket Dhadphale (ND), Dave Faulkner (BG), Matt Herr (Mich.), Shawn Horcoff (MSU), Joel Irwin (FSU), Forrest Karr (ND), Eric Meloche (OSU), Kevin O'Keefe (MSU), Trevor Prior (Miami), Ryan Root (OSU). SPECIAL MENTION: B.J. Adams (BG), Ray Aho (OSU), Tyler Barabonoff (NMU), Derek Beuselinck (OSU), Jamie Coady (Alaska-Fairbanks), Benoit Cotnoir (ND), Jon Gaskins (MSU), Zach Ham (BG), Brad Holzinger (BG), Andy Ilvonen (BG), Mike Jaros (UAF), Mike Jones (BG), Mike Kucsulain (LSSU), Gregg Malicke (Mich.), Mike Olaski (FSU), Jason Redenius (WMU), Gary Ricciardi (FSU), Mike Savard (BG), Kevin Schmidt (NMU), J.P. Vigier (NMU), Rocky Welsing (NMU), Dustin Whitecotton (Miami), Dwayne Zinger (UAF).

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