WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Three members of Bill Kangas's Williams College men's ice hockey team (14-8-3) that has advanced to the NESCAC Semifinals have been named to the 2017 All-NESCAC Team.
Representing the Ephs on the All-NESCAC Team as First Team honorees are junior forward David Italiano and senior defenseman Frankie Mork. Sophomore forward Roberto Cellini earned Second Team recognition.
Nine of 12 All-NESCAC honorees are first-time recipients. Hamilton and Williams each had three players land on the all-conference team, while Trinity had two players earn All-NESCAC accolades.
David Italiano earned his first All-NESCAC accolade this season. The junior forward is tied for the league lead in points (31) and assists (19), and has scored 12 goals. He is also tied for the league lead in power-play goals with six tallies and has netted three game-winners.
Frankie Mork earned his second All-NESCAC honor this winter. He ranks fourth on the Ephs in scoring with 18 points, which is fourth among the defensemen in the conference. Mork has dished out 15 assists, ranking third on the Ephs, and added three goals. "Frankie is a stellar defensive player who can also join the rush," noted Kangas. "He is a strong two-way player, which adds another dimension to our offense."
A Second Team selection as a rookie, Mork has been a key member of the defensive unit for Williams and helped the Ephs earn the fourth seed in the NESCAC Championship.
Roberto Cellini leads the Ephs in goals scored with 14 and has assisted on a dozen goals for 26 points on the year. Cellini has scored one short-handed goal and has tallied two game-winners. "Roberto is a pure center ice man," stated Kangas. "He can score, possess the puck, and is a good distributor. He has performed well on face-offs and the power play."
The Ephs will next be in action this Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y, when they face Trinity College in the NESCAC semifinals.
In closing Kangas stated, "Individual honors are actually team honors, because without team success the individuals do not get recognition."