Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | Hockey Insider
Written by Clayton Johns
The 2014-15 Carleton Men’s Hockey season officially came to a close last Thursday night with the Ravens annual athletic banquet at the Sala San Marco Banquet & Conference Centre in Ottawa.
The Ravens finished the season with an impressive 22-7-1 record. Their 41 points in the regular season placed them second in the OUA’s eastern division. The Ravens swept the UOIT Ridgebacks from the first round of the OUA Playoffs before a pair of heartbreaking overtime losses to the UQTR Patriotes in the second round.
The Ravens had seven players reach the 20-point plateau over the course of 26 games. Joe Pleckaitis led the team with 16 goals and 29 points. Mike McNamee led the team in assists with 19.
Carleton’s elite goaltending duo of Francis Dupuis (2.06) and Patrick Killeen (2.15) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the OUA in Goals Against Average. Both goalies also placed in the top-10 in the country in that category.
Several Ravens were also honoured with OUA eastern division awards. Killeen was named goaltender-of-the-year in the eastern division. Pleckaitis and Killeen were named OUA first-team all-stars. Carleton defenseman Matt Stanisz was named a second-team all-star.
Ravens head coach Marty Johnston was named the OUA east coach-of-the-year after leading the Ravens to second in the division, one point out of first place. The team’s 41 points in 26 games was just four fewer than the school-record of 45 set one year ago during a 28-game season.
The Ravens handed out a handful of specialty awards to players for their accomplishments this season.
Most Valuable Player: Patrick Killeen
Killeen’s play in goal anchored the back end for the Ravens on several occasions. After returning from a three-year pro career in the AHL and ECHL, Killeen led the Ravens with a 12-2 record in goal.
Best Defenseman: Matt Stanisz
Stanisz led all Ravens defenseman in scoring with 17 points, including two goals and 15 assists. He was once again the backbone for a strong Ravens blueline. This is Stanisz’ fourth consecutive best defenseman award, tying him with former Raven Brad Good.
Most Dedicated Player: Nick Duhn
One of the most feared players on the ice because of his ability to lower a crushing body check, Nick Duhn was honoured as the Ravens’ most dedicated player. Duhn played 61 regular season and playoff games over four seasons with the Ravens after making the team via a walk-on tryout in 2011. The Carp, Ont. native quickly became a centerpiece of the team’s culture. Duhn’s ability to keep the mood light when necessary and lead the team in the face of adversity while playing through injuries make him one of the most memorable Ravens in school history.
Scholastic Player of the Year: Joey West
Joey West earned the Scholastic Player of the Year award by excelling both on the ice and in the classroom. A SPROTT school of business student at Carleton, West is working towards a degree in commerce. He earned a CGPA of 10.05 this year, equivalent to an A- average. On the ice, West scored 21 points for the Ravens this year (9-12-21) without missing a single game.
Rookie of the Year: David Weckworth
David Weckworth had an impressive rookie season with Carleton. He joined Carleton after four seasons in the QMJHL. Playing in all 30 games this season, Weckworth had six points in the regular season (3G-3A) before a pair of assists in the playoffs. He quickly became a reliable shut down defenseman known for his superior strength.
Doug Banton Memorial Award: Damian Cross
Cross was awarded the Doug Banton Memorial Award by Carleton Athletics for his dedication to the program. He served at the team captain this season while registering 10 goals and 15 assists over 20 games.
The Ravens also honoured their graduating class of players. Players were presented with their jerseys, a four- or five-bar plaque, and a Carleton Cardigan.
Mike Lomas, #9: Lomas joined the Ravens in 2011 after five season in the OHL. Over his four seasons at Carleton, Lomas played 72 games in a Ravens uniform, scoring 29 points in the process. The Burlington, Ont. forward battled several injuries over the course of his career, but never let it bother him. He was known for a physical style of play that led to 114 penalty minutes. Known for a ridiculously quick release, Lomas’ senior year was his best as a Raven as he scored four goals and 12 assists for 16 points.
Damian Cross, #13: Cross began his career as a Raven in 2013 after returning home from the NCAA’s Providence College. He served as team captain during the 2014-15 season. He scored 54 points (26G-28A) in 45 regular season games at Carleton. He also added 12 points in 15 playoff games, including a goal at the CIS University Cup in Saskatoon. Cross will be remembered as one of the greatest leaders in program history.
Nick Duhn, #18: Duhn joined the Ravens in 2011 after a walk-on try-out. Over the course of his 61 games, Duhn became an important part of the team. He had nine regular season and two playoff points during his career while accumulating 60 penalty minutes.
Joe Pleckaitis, #20: Pleckaitis became a Raven after five years in the OHL. He is one of the highest-scoring five-year Ravens with 124 regular season points (56G-68A) in 120 games over five years. He played in 32 playoff games for the Ravens where he scored 19 points.
Jeff Hayes, #21: Hayes had one of the best five-year careers in Ravens history. He missed just three regular season games over the course of five years, totaling 135 games. He scored 134 points in that time (59G-75A). He played in 33 playoff games and totaled 28 points.
Matt Stanisz, #24: Stanisz was the Ravens perennial best defenseman. Stanisz joined the Ravens in 2011 after winning the OHL Championship with Owen Sound. He played in 94 regular season and 27 playoff games. He scored 74 points in the regular season from the blueline and added another 20 in the post-season. He also recorded 118 penalty minutes.
Tim Billingsley, #25: The Orleans, Ont. native joined Carleton in 2011 after five years in the OHL and a short professional stint in the now defunct Central Hockey League. Billingsley played 113 regular season and playoff games on the Ravens blueline and contributed 76 points (17G-59A).
2015 Ravens Golf Tournament
The 2015-16 Carleton Ravens season will kick-off on the golf course on Tuesday, June 16 at Stonebridge Golf Club in Ottawa. All participants receive lunch and dinner as well as a prize and gift from the team. The cost per player is $200. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit http://events.carleton.ca/mens-hockey-golf-tournament/.
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