Men’s Hockey Players Biega, Killorn, Michalek Named All-Ivy

Michalek made more than 30 saves against three Ivy opponents (photo courtesy Brian Walters).

Ivy League Release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Junior Danny Biega and senior Alex Killorn of the Harvard men's hockey team have been unanimously selected to the All-Ivy League first team and freshman Steve Michalek has made the second team, the league office announced Thursday.

Biega and Killorn were the only teammates to earn first-team honors and joined Yale's Brian O'Neill as the only unanimous picks. Harvard's three selections to the All-Ivy first and second teams rank the Crimson second to only league champion Cornell, which earned one first-team and three second-team picks. Michalek was one of just two freshmen to earn All-Ivy selection. The Crimson finished third in the Ivy League with a 3-3-4 record in Ancient Eight play.

Biega earned his second straight first-team All-Ivy selection by leading Ivy League defensemen with 14 points and 11 assists in league games and with 30 points overall. The Montreal native scored eight total goals, with three coming against Ivy competition. He ranked second in the league in Ivy scoring and is the nation's third-leading scorer among defensemen with 1.03 points per game.

Killorn, also a Montreal native, was a second-team honoree last year. This time around, he led the Ancient Eight with eight goals in 10 Ivy games and ranked fourth in Ivy scoring with 12 points. Overall, he leads Harvard with 36 points on 18 goals and 18 assists. Killorn ranks 12th nationally with 0.62 goals per game and 16th in the country with 1.24 points per game. He shared the league lead with two game-winning goals against Ivy teams.

Michalek backstopped Harvard to three wins and three ties in eight Ivy League starts. Among goaltenders who played in at least half their team's Ivy games, he ranked second in the league with a 2.87 goals-against average and .562 win percentage in Ivy play and third with a save percentage of .898. The Glastonbury, Conn., native limited three Ivy opponents to two goals or fewer and made a career-high 36 saves in a 4-3 win against Yale.

The Crimson (10-8-11, 8-5-9 ECAC Hockey), seeded third in the ECAC Hockey Championship, begins the tournament with a best-of-three quarterfinal series March 9-11 at Bright Hockey Center. The winner of that series will advance to the league semifinals March 16 in Atlantic City, N.J. Quarterfinal tickets are available here.

2011-12 All-Ivy League Men's Hockey
First Team
F – Alex Killorn, Harvard (Sr., Montreal, Que.)*
F – Jack Maclellan, Brown (Sr., Calgary, Alta.)
F – Brian O'Neill, Yale (Sr., Yardley, Pa.)*
D – Danny Biega, Harvard (Jr., Montreal, Que.)*
D – Michael Sdao, Princeton (Jr., Niwot, Colo.)
G – Andy Iles, Cornell (So., Ithaca, N.Y.)

Second Team^
F – Andrew Calof, Princeton (So., Nepean, Ont.)
F – Brian Ferlin, Cornell (Fr., Jacksonville, Fla.)
F – Greg Miller, Cornell (Jr., Toronto, Ont.)
D – Nick D'Agostino, Cornell (Jr., Bolton, Ont.)
D – Connor Goggin, Dartmouth (Sr., Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
D – Dennis Robertson, Brown (So., Fort St. John, B.C.)
G – Steve Michalek, Harvard (Fr., Glastonbury, Conn.)

Honorable Mention
F – Kenny Agostino, Yale (So., Flanders, N.J.)
F – Doug Jones, Dartmouth (Sr., Marietta, Ga.)
F – Andrew Miller, Yale (Jr., Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)

Player of the Year
F – Brian O'Neill, Yale (Sr., Yardley, Pa.)

Rookie of the Year
F – Brian Ferlin, Cornell (Fr., Jacksonville, Fla.)
* - Unanimous selection
^ - three defensemen due to ties in voting