U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Junior Dylan Abood earned three of the team’s top eight awards at the annual Air Force hockey banquet, presented by the Falcon Blue Line Club, Sunday, April 2, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs.
Abood earned the Vic Heyliger Award , the Iron Bolt Award and was the co-recipient of the Jim Bowman Award. The Heyliger, voted on by the team, is the cornerstone of Air Force hockey. It is awarded to the player whose dedication, character, leadership and work ethic exemplifies Falcon hockey and is named after the Falcons’ first coach. The Iron Bolt Award goes to the team’s most diligent worker in the weight room. The Bowman recognizes the team’s top scholar athlete and is named for the former coach and athletic administrator.
Abood carries an overall GPA of 3.79 and has a 3.52 GPA in his major of electrical engineering. A team captain, he has been on the superintendent’s list three times, the dean’s list five times and was an Atlantic Hockey all-academic team selection. The defenseman from Centennial, Colo., played in 35 games this season and finished with five points on one goal and four assists. In 87 career games, he is a +22, the best mark among all Falcon defensemen, and he also ranked sixth in league with 64 blocked shots. He is the first junior to win the Heyliger award since Paul Weisgarber in 2011 and just the third in school history.
Senior team captain Johnny Hrabovsky joined Abood as the co-recipient of the Bowman Award. Hrabovsky, a defenseman from Hummelstown, Pa., is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, recognizing excellence in the classroom, in the community and on the ice. A team captain, he has a 3.46 GPA in his major of systems engineering.
Sophomore goalie Shane Starrett earned the Chuck Delich Award, voted on by the team, as the team’s most valuable player, for the second straight season. The award is named after the Academy grad, the Falcons’ third head coach and the all-time leading goal scorer in NCAA hockey history. The MVP of the Atlantic Hockey Final Four, Starrett ranked in the top five in the nation this season in goals-against average, shutouts and winning percentage. The goalie from Bellingham, Mass., earned all-conference honors for the second straight year, was the MVP of the Ice Breaker Tournament and was a semifinalist for the Mike Richter Award, given to the nation’s top goaltender. Starrett was the conference goalie of the week three times and the Atlantic Hockey goalie of the month in February.
Sophomore Dan Bailey earned the Most Improved Player Award, voted on by the team. Bailey saw limited action last season, but this season was a regular in the lineup. In 39 games, he had 16 points on five goals and 11 assists and scored game-winners against RIT and Army. His +9 in all games was the third best mark on the team this season. In the quarterfinal win over Bentley, the defenseman from St. Cloud, Minn., tied his career high with two points, including the third goal of the game.
Freshman Brady Tomlak won the John Matchefts award, voted on by the team, as the team’s top freshman. The award is named after the Falcons’ second head coach. Tomlak saw action in 38 of the 42 games and was the team’s top scoring freshman with 18 points on five goals and 13 assists. His 57.3 faceoff winning percentage was the best in the conference among players who took more than 200 draws. The center from Oakland, Mich., had a career best three points in a win over Robert Morris in January and was named the conference rookie of the week with three points in the sweep at Bentley in February.
Senior Tyler Rostenkowski earned the Larry Cronk award, voted on by the team, as the most inspirational player. The award is named after the former Falcon assistant coach who has been part of Air Force hockey since its inception in 1966. Rostenkowski is one of five Falcons to see action in all 42 games. He recorded four goals and eight assists for 12 points and was a +6 on the year. The winger from Bloomingdale, Ill., matched his career high with two assists in the win over Colorado College and then did it again with a pair of helpers in the win over Robert Morris in January. In games in which he scored at least one point, the Falcons were 9 and 1.
Junior Phil Boje won the Defensive Player of the Year Award, presented to the Falcon who the coaching staff feels was the team’s most diligent defensive performer. Boje earned first team all-conference honors as he was among the top scoring defenseman in the league all season. The defenseman from Shoreview, Minn., was one of five Falcons to play all 42 games and had nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points. With two points in the NCAA Tournament, including a goal against Western Michigan, he was named to the East Regional all-tournament team.