DULUTH, Minn.--Led by four-time all-conference choice senior defenseman Cory Dunn (Trenton, Mich./Austin Bruins, NAHL), Adrian College placed three skaters on the 2018-19 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association all-conference team as selected by the league's 12 head coaches. The NCHA office made that announcement on Thursday, with classmates Trevor Boyd (Muskegon, Mich./Austin Bruins, NAHL) and Braden Hellems (St. Thomas, Ontario/Trenton Golden Hawks, OJHL) also earning All-NCHA.
Dunn becomes just the sixth NCHA player to earn all-league honors every season of his career after leading the NCHA in overall scoring with 31 points on five goals and 26 assists. His assist totals are one shy of tying his career high heading into the postseason--he had 27 in each of the past two seasons. Dunn is tied among NCAA Division III defensemen with 26 assists and 31 points. The team captain also tied senior Connor Armour for the NCHA lead with 15 assists and 18 points in 17 conference games-only. In a 7-0 victory over Lawrence back on Nov. 2, Dunn became the 15th Bulldog and third defenseman ever to reach 100 career points. In 115 career games, the finance major lists tied for 10th on the program's all-time point-scoring chart (128), fifth in assists (105), second in defenseman scoring (Chris Stansik, 135 points) and second in defenseman assists (Quinn Waller, 108). Dunn is the only three-time American Hockey Coaches Association All-American in team history.
Boyd is a two-time pick after he was named 2017 All-NCHA. The left wing has 13+10=23 scoring totals this season but has made his mark in NCHA games, leading the conference with 10 goals and five power play goals while recording seven assists. Boyd, too, surpassed the 100-point milestone earlier this season by turning the feat with a goal against Plattsburgh State (Nov. 24) at the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout. For his career which spans 113 contests, the finance major has 116 points for 14th in school history, 65 goals for fourth place, nine game-winning goals for eighth place and 18 power play goals for an eighth-place tie. Boyd, who leads active AC forwards with a plus-67 rating, earned 2017 AHCA All-America honors as a sophomore.
Hellems, who is Dunn's partner on the blueline, is having a career year that includes 11 goals (5 in 2018), 16 assists (16 in 2018) and 27 total points (21 in 2018) to go with his first All-NCHA citation. A criminal justice major, Hellems has emerged as an offensive weapon on the team's primary power play unit with a career-best eight goals with the man-advantage--a figure that is tied for seventh in the nation and leads the NCHA. Hellems twice was named to the D3hockey.com National Team of the Week on Nov. 20 and Dec. 12 this season. Hellems is only second to Boyd (114) in shots on goal with 105, which is another personal record. He also is second in plus/minus to Dunn (17) with a +14. In conference games only, Hellems has posted seven goals, 10 assists and 17 points in 17 outings.
Adrian continues its postseason quest for success on Saturday, when the Bulldogs meet host St. Norbert College for the NCHA Harris Cup championship and NCAA tournament autobid on the line. The puck drops at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. SNC Green Knights Athletics will have live video and fans can find ticket information on this link.