January 15, 2013

Altidor earns second straight NE-10 Rookie of the Week nod, Geary on honor roll

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey first-year Kevin Altidor (Montreal, Quebec/Millbrook School) was named Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week for the week ending on Sunday, Jan. 13. Senior Josh Geary (Wellesley, Mass./Phillips Andover Academy) landed on the NE-10 Weekly Honor Roll.

Altidor scored twice during a 4-3 loss on Friday to Babson College, which was receiving votes toward both national polls. His power-play marker at 13:25 of the second period brought the Purple Knights within 3-2, and his 6-on-5 tally with 1:13 to go created the final margin. He was held scoreless on Saturday in a loss to 13th-ranked University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Geary scored a trio of goals over the weekend, including netting the first goal versus Babson, finding the back of the net 15:37 into the game to give the Purple Knights a 1-0 lead. Against UMass Boston, Geary scored twice in the first 37 seconds of the second period to single-handedly cut a four-goal deficit in half.

Altidor is tied for first among all NE-10 first-years in goals (6) while standing fourth in points (9). Overall, he is tied for eighth in the league in goals, having turned in four goals and two assists in the last five games alone.

Already with a career-high nine goals in 14 games, Geary is tied for third in the NE-10 in goals and tied for 12th in points (12). He has had at least one point in nine contests while collecting four tallies and an assist during the past four games. The second-year captain has also potted a pair of power-play markers.

The Purple Knights, who stand 4-10 overall, 2-2 in the NE-10 and 1-8 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East, head into a challenging two-game week with a pair of nationally-ranked foes. They host in-state rival Norwich University, which is second in the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) Division III national poll, on Friday before entertaining Amherst College, which is ninth in the D3hockey.com poll, on Saturday.

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