COLCHESTER, Vt. - Three members of the Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team earned postseason recognition from the Northeast-10 Conference on Wednesday, including senior Josh Geary (Wellesley, Mass./Phillips Andover Academy), who drew an all-league first team accolade after landing on the second squad as a junior.
A two-year captain, Geary was one of seven forwards to receive an NE-10 All-Conference recognition, including one of three on the first team, while senior Morgan Bell (Vancouver, British Columbia/Saint Albert Saints) landed on the second team as one of four defensemen to be named all-league. First-year Kevin Altidor (Montreal, Quebec/Millbrook School) was selected to the eight-player all-rookie team, extending the Purple Knights' streak of having at least one all-rookie honoree to five seasons. Altidor and Bell earned the first conference citations of their careers.
Geary posted career highs in goals (16) and points (24) as a senior, leading the team in both categories. He tallied points in 15 contests, including assisting the game-winning goal in three straight games between Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. Geary had six multi-point games, which included netting his first career hat trick during a four-point effort in a 5-1 win over the University of New England on Jan. 26. Geary is tied for second in the NE-10 in goals and short-handed points (2), tied for fifth in power-play goals (5), and tied for sixth in points. A semifinalist for the Joe Concannon Award, Geary is currently playing out an amateur tryout agreement with the professional Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
Bell recorded four assists while appearing in 19 games on the blue line for the Purple Knights, helping the squad post its lowest goals-against average (3.73) and fewest shots on goal yielded to opponents (30.7) since 1997-98. He picked up a pair of assists in a 5-4 overtime victory over nationally-regarded Castleton State College on Feb. 9 while also notching an assist in back-to-back wins on Jan. 25 and 26. Bell was part of a disciplined squad that served the fewest penalty minutes per game among all 78 Division II and III squads.
Altidor is tied for the NE-10 lead in goals among first-years (10), a figure that tied for second on the squad and was the highest by a Saint Michael's first-year since Erik Caron '08 in 2004-05. He finished fourth on the team with 15 points, and notched game-winning markers against the State University of New York at Canton on Nov. 20 and the University of New England on Jan. 26. Altidor is tied for second in the NE-10 in game-winning goals (2) and short-handed points (2), tied for seventh in goals, and tied for 10th in power-play goals (3). He ranks fourth in points among NE-10 first-years.
Saint Michael's finished 8-17, earning two more victories than it did a season ago, and 2-3 in the NE-10.