COLCHESTER, Vt. - Four members of the Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team earned postseason recognition from the Northeast-10 Conference on Friday. Junior defenseman Jack Ouellette (Arlington, Mass./Dexter School) drew all-league first team accolades, senior Eric Salzillo (Johnston, R.I./Boston Bandits) and junior Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School) were second team picks, and first-year Paul McAuliffe (Newton, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) was placed on the NE10 All-Rookie Team.
D'Antuono, Ouellette and Salzillo were among 13 players named to one of the two NE10 All-Conference teams, as seven were slotted for the first team and another six landed second team laurels. Ouellette was one of five blue liners recognized, and D'Antuono and Salzillo were part of a six-forward contingent. McAuliffe is on the seven-member All-Rookie Team, giving Saint Michael's at least one such selection for the ninth time in 10 years. At least three Purple Knights were named NE10 All-Conference for the second year in a row.
Ouellette landed his first career postseason award, giving Saint Michael's an all-conference defender for the 13th straight season. He leads the squad at plus-14 while tying for the top spot with 12 assists and placing third with 16 points, after entering the winter with seven career points. Ouellette is tied for ninth in the NE10 in helpers and tied for seventh in power-play points (7), as well as standing third in points by a defenseman. Among his standout games were a one-goal, one-assist effort during a 2-0 win over Assumption College on Jan. 12, and a three-assist outing in a 4-1 victory at Southern New Hampshire University on Jan. 27, when he assisted the winner.
Salzillo earned his second career NE10 All-Conference nod, having been selected for the first team as a junior. He matched his career high with a team-high-tying 10 goals while pacing the squad with 21 points. While also going plus-11, Salzillo is second on the team in faceoff wins (239) and success (57.3%). He is tied for seventh in the NE10 in power-play points (7), tied for ninth in goals, 10th in points, and tied for 12th in assists (11). The captain turned in at least one point in 15 contests, including scoring game-winners at Saint Anselm College on Nov. 3 and against Castleton University on Dec. 9. Salzillo posted two goals and one assist in a 4-2 win over Neumann (Pa.) University on Dec. 31 and four assists in a weekend series with Stonehill College on Jan. 19-20.
D'Antuono was recognized for the third consecutive season, having received NE10 All-Rookie Team laurels as a first-year before landing on the NE10 All-Conference first team as a sophomore. The captain has turned in a career-high and team-high-tying 10 goals, nine of which came in league play alone. At the faceoff dot, D'Antuono has 325 victories and a 59.7-percent success rate, both of which pace the squad. He is tied for ninth in the NE10 in goals, and is among only four players with at least three game-winning tallies. D'Antuono assisted the overtime winner during a two-assist evening at Stonehill College on Dec. 5 and hit his stride with seven goals in his last eight games, scoring winners in three straight victories between Jan. 20 and Feb. 2.
McAuliffe represents a talented Saint Michael's rookie class, as all 12 had at least one point, while a school-record 11 scored goals. McAuliffe's five goals pace that contingent, and his six assists tie for first. Among all first-years, he is fourth in the NE10 in points (11). In addition to a two-goal, three-point contest against Post University on Nov. 14, McAuliffe assisted the winner versus Castleton on Dec. 9 and lent two assists against Neumann on Dec. 31. He later scored both of his team's goals versus Saint Anselm on Feb. 3.
Saint Michael's finished second in the NE10 standings with a 9-5-1 league mark. As the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NE10 Championship, the 14-9-2 Purple Knights host No. 3 Assumption College on Saturday for a semifinal at 4 p.m. The contest is a rematch of last year's title game.