March 24, 2013

Merasty named USCHO D-III Rookie of the Year

ADRIAN, Mich. - Adrian College forward Shaquille Merasty has been selected as the USCHO D-III Rookie of the Year, and forward Zach Graham has been named to the USCHO D-III Second Team.

Merasty, a 6-foot-3-inch, 202-pound natural goal scorer who hails from Manitoba, helped Adrian win its sixth consecutive MCHA title. He finished second in the nation in goals scored with 22 in 28 games, and was tied for 10th in the nation in overall scoring with 38 points for a 1.36 points per game average. Merasty also finished tied for seventh in the country in power-play goals with eight, and tied for third nationally in game-winning goals with five. Mersaty also finished second in the MCHA in scoring with 18 goals and 29 points, one point behind teammate Graham, and averaged 1.45 points per game in conference, also second behind Graham.

Merasty also earned All-American honors this season, being selected to the West second team. He was also named to the MCHA All-Conference team and the MCHA All-Freshman team. Merasty was named MCHA Freshman of the Week on Nov. 5 and Nov. 27, and MCHA Player of the Week on Jan. 28.

Graham, a 6-foot, 180-pound forward from Palmerston, Ont., captured a second-consecutive Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year honors earlier this year, becoming the first Bulldog to achieve that status. Graham led the MCHA in scoring with 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points and finished second in both goals and assists.

Graham also earned All-American honors this season, being selected to the West first team. He was also named to the MCHA All-Conference team and named MCHA Player of the Week in mid-February.

The USCHO D-III awards are voted on by the Division III columnists and editor. The rookie and all three teams are listed below:

First Team
G – David Jacobson, St. Norbert
D – Ollie Koo, Bowdoin
D – Scott Farrell, Neumann
F – Paul Rodrigues, Oswego State
F – Luke Moodie, Oswego State
F – Kyle Stroh, St. Norbert

Second Team
G – Brandon Stephenson, Wisconsin-Eau Claire
D – Shaun Jameson, Wentworth
D – Jack Callahan, Wisconsin-Eau Claire
F – Joe Caveney, Fitchburg State
F – Branden Parkhouse, Becker
F – Zach Graham, Adrian

Third Team
G – Nick Broadwater, Hobart
D – Rob Florentino, Massachusetts-Boston
D – Jesse McConney, Oswego State
F – Keith Buehler, Wesleyan
F – Jordan Singer, Wisconsin-Eau Claire
F – Louie Educate, Utica

All-Rookie Team
G – Saxton Soley, St. John's
D – Donny Olivieri, Utica
D – Marko Brelih, Hamilton
F – Shaquille Merasty, Adrian
F – Peter MacIntyre, Massachusetts-Boston
F – Kevin Emmerling, Plattsburgh State