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8 OHL graduates receive major OUA and AUS awards

With files from OUA.ca and atlanticuniversitysport.com

Ontario Hockey League graduates are hauling in the hardware in both the OUA and AUS after outstanding 2015-16 seasons.

Eight different OHL grads have received major year-end awards across the two CIS conferences headlined by OUA West MVP Colin Behenna (Barrie Colts) and AUS MVP Eric Locke (Saginaw Spirit).

Here’s a look at the recipients:

OUA WEST

MVP – Colin Behenna (Waterloo Warriors): Barrie Colts graduate Colin Behenna has been named OUA West Most Valuable Player after leading the division in scoring with 21 goals, 23 assists and 44 points in 27 games. An OUA West all-rookie team member in 2013 and a second team all-star in 2015, the Waterloo, ON native continued his trend upward by helping the Waterloo Warriors to a third place finish at a mark of 16-11-1. Behenna is the fifth Warrior since 1987-88 and first since 2009-10 to earn MVP honours. The Waterloo native played four seasons with the Colts from 2008-12, recording 72 goals, 130 assists and 202 points in 240 regular season contests. The 24-year-old is currently studying Math & Business.

Goaltender of the Year – Andrew D’Agostini (Guelph Gryphons): Peterborough Petes graduate Andrew D’Agostini is the OUA West Goaltender of the Year after leading the division in save percentage (.927), finishing second in goals-against average (2.34) and playing to a 14-9 record. A year after backing the Gryphons to an OUA title, the Scarborough, ON, native played an instrumental role in supporting Guelph’s top West Division defence and has recorded a 2.63 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in nine playoff contests to help them reach the OUA bronze medal game. D’Agostini played five seasons in Peterborough from 2009-14, playing a franchise record 190 career regular season games to record a 71-85-2-9 record with a 3.75 goals-against average, an .895 save percentage and six shutouts. The OHL’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2012 is currently enrolled in Guelph’s Bachelor of Commerce program.

Most Sportsmanlike Player Award – Billy Jenkins (Lakehead Thunderwolves): Niagara IceDogs graduate Billy Jenkins has received the OUA West Most Sportsmanlike Player Award. The 21-year-old led Lakehead in scoring in his rookie OUA season with 11 goals, 13 assists and 24 points in 24 games all while not recording a single penalty minute throughout the season. In his five OHL seasons between Niagara and Kingston from 2010-15, Jenkins never registered more than 27 penalty minutes in a season, finishing his career with 159 points (56-103–159) in 267 regular season contests. The Ottawa, ON, native is studying Outdoor Recreation at Lakehead.

Randy Gregg Award of Merit – Michael Moffat (Waterloo Warriors): Kingston Frontenacs graduate Michael Moffat has received the Randy Gregg Award of Merit given to the player who best exemplifies outstanding achievement in hockey, academics and community involvement. Moffat built off his all-rookie campaign a year ago by scoring the most goals among West Division blueliners (10), with five coming on the man advantage. He finished the season third among West defencemen with 27 points (10-17–27). Originally a walk-on signing by the London Knights at the start of the 2010 season, Moffat went on to play four OHL seasons, recording 120 points (17-103–120) in 238 regular season games. The Waterloo native is currently studying Kinesiology.

 

In addition, former Sarnia Sting and Oshawa Generals forward Justice Dundas, who graduated from the QMJHL with the Saint John Sea Dogs in 2015, was named the OUA West Rookie of the Year. The Windsor Lancers forward finished the season with 14 goals, 15 assists and 29 points in 28 games.

 

OUA WEST ALL-STAR TEAMS – OHL GRADUATES:

First Team All-Stars
F – Colin Behenna (Waterloo Warriors/Barrie Colts)
F – Michael Fine (Ryerson Rams/Saginaw Spirit)
F – Trevor Petersen (York Lions/Niagara IceDogs)
D – Nick Trecapelli (Guelph Gryphons/Peterborough Petes)
G – Andrew D’Agostini (Guelph Gryphons/Peterborough Petes)

Second Team All-Stars
D – Joe Underwood (Waterloo Warriors/Belleville Bulls)
D – Michael Moffat (Waterloo Warriors/Kingston Frontenacs)
G – Chris Perugini (York Lions/Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

All-Rookie Team
F – Mathew Campagna (Toronto Varsity Blues/Plymouth Whalers)
F – Billy Jenkins (Lakehead Thunderwolves/Niagara IceDogs)
D – Brandon Devlin (Ryerson Rams/Mississauga Steelheads)
D – Mac Clutsam (Laurier Golden Hawks/Barrie Colts)
G – Blake Richard (Windsor Lancers/Niagara IceDogs)

 

OUA EAST

Goaltender of the Year – Kevin Bailie (Queen’s Gaels): London Knights graduate Kevin Bailie is the OUA East Goaltender of the Year after leading the OUA with a .942 save percentage while also registering a 2.18 goals-against average and a 14-9 record over 23 contests. The 2014 CIS Rookie of the Year continues to excel for the Gaels, helping guide them to a 17-7-4 record during the regular season while their stingy defence surrendered just 67 goals in 28 games. The Belleville, ON, native played five OHL seasons between Oshawa and London from 2008-13, going 60-41-5-6 with a 3.44 goals-against average, an .896 save percentage and four shutouts in 136 regular season games. Bailie is currently studying Arts & Science.

Rookie of the Year – Brett Welychka (Carleton Ravens): Belleville Bulls graduate Brett Welychka is the OUA East Rookie of the Year after an impressive campaign that saw him become just the second Ravens player since 1987-88 to receive the honours. Welychka finished second in OUA scoring with 14 goals, 32 assists and 46 points in 27 games, helping guide the Ravens to a third place East finish with a record of 20-7-1. The 22-year-old has five points (2-3–5) in six playoff games to help Carleton reach the bronze medal game against Guelph for a shot to advance to the CIS University Cup in Halifax. A two-time OHL champion, Welychka played parts of five seasons between London and Belleville from 2010-15, recording 149 points (65-84–149) in 244 regular season contests with a plus/minus rating of plus-35. In 33 career OHL playoff appearances, Welychka recorded seven goals, seven assists and 14 points while also skating in two MasterCard Memorial Cups. The last captain of the now-relocated Belleville Bulls is currently enrolled in Carleton’s Arts program.

 

OUA EAST ALL-STAR TEAMS – OHL GRADUATES:

First Team All-Stars
F – Brett Welychka (Carleton Ravens/Belleville Bulls)
D – Spencer Abraham (Queen’s Gaels/Erie Otters)
G – Kevin Bailie (Queen’s Gaels/London Knights)

All-Rookie Team
F – Brett Welychka (Carleton Ravens/Belleville Bulls)
F – Slater Doggett (Queen’s Gaels/Windsor Spitfires)

 

AUS

MVP – Eric Locke (St. Francis Xavier X-Men): Saginaw Spirit graduate Eric Locke has earned AUS MVP honours for the 2015-16 season after finishing third in league scoring with 14 goals, 21 assists and 35 points in 28 games. The former seventh round pick by the Buffalo Sabres in 2013 recently helped lead the X-Men to their first AUS title since 2004, collecting a goal and four assists in six playoff outings to join fellow OHL grads in Nathan Chiarlitti (Owen Sound Attack), Michael Clarke (Peterborough Petes) and Kristoff Kontos (Saginaw Spirit) in leading the way to AUS supremacy. Locke becomes the fifth StFX player and first since 2000 to claim Kelly Trophy MVP honours. Locked played four OHL seasons between Windsor, Barrie and Saginaw from 2010-14, recording 251 points (116-135–251) in 233 career regular season games. The former Spirit captain is studying Human Kinetics at StFX.

Student-Athlete Community Service Award – Nathan Chiarlitti (St. Francis Xavier X-Men): Owen Sound Attack graduate Nathan Chiarlitti has received the Godfrey Award given annually to the player who best represents the spirit of intercollegiate hockey by his leadership both on and off the ice and by his conduct throughout the season. The 24-year-old from Maple, ON, registered three goals, 12 assists and 15 points in 28 games as a third-year blueliner before continuing to produce in the playoffs. Chiarlitti finished tied for the AUS playoff scoring lead with three goals, four assists and seven points in six games, earning Playoff MVP honours with a pair of goals in StFX’s championship-winning Game 2 victory over UNB. A 313-game OHL veteran over five seasons between Sarnia and Owen Sound from 2008-13, Chiarlitti finished his regular season career with 15 goals, 72 assists and 87 points. He is a fourth-year Human Kinetics student at StFX.

AUS ALL-STAR TEAMS – OHL GRADUATES:

First Team All-Stars
F – Eric Locke (StFX X-Men/Saginaw Spirit)

Second Team All-Stars
F – Mike Cazzola (Acadia Axemen/Ottawa 67’s)
D – Nathan Chiarlitti (StFX X-Men/Owen Sound Attack)
D – Geoffrey Schemitsch (Acadia Axemen/Oshawa Generals)

All-Rookie Team
F – Holden Cook (StFX X-Men/Owen Sound Attack)

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