Men's hockey has three Concannon semifinalists

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 27, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's hockey team has three of the 16 semifinalists for the prestigious Joe Concannon Award, given to the to best American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the Division II or III level.

Colby seniors Arthur Fritch (South Boston, Mass.), T.J. Kelley (Ridgefield, Conn.), and Josh Reber (Edina, Minn.) are three of six semifinalists from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Colby's Greg Osborne '07 was Colby's first winner of the Concannon Award a year ago in the seven-year history of the honor.

Fritch, an All-American last year, is Colby's all-time leading scorer among defensemen with 31 goals and 82 assists for 113 points. The 82 assists is also a Colby record among defensemen. Fritch ranks 14th all-time in scoring and has eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points this season.

Fritch ranks fourth among NESCAC defensemen in scoring, is tied for fourth in the league in game-winning goals (3), ranks in a tie for sixth in power play goals (5), and is ninth in assists.

Kelley, who earned NESCAC All-Conference honors after his sophomore season, leads the NESCAC in scoring with 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points. He also is second in goal scoring and assists in the conference. Kelley's nine power play goals has him first in the league in that category and he also is tied for fourth in game-winning goals (3).

In 90 career games, Kelley has 56 goals and 68 assists to rank 10th all-time at Colby in scoring with 124 points.

Reber, a NESCAC All-Conference selection last year, is second in the league in scoring with nine goals and 23 assists for 32 points despite missing five games. Reber also leads the conference in assists and is first in points per  game (1.78). A valuable member of Colby's extra-man unit, Reber is tied for third in power play goals with six.

Reber ranks ninth all-time at Colby in scoring with 33 goals and 97 assists for 130 points. Reber needs three assists to become only the third Colby player to reach 100 career assists.

The Mules (14-8-1) are the top seed in the NESCAC playofffs and will play host to Wesleyan University at 4 p.m. Saturday in a league quarterfinal game.

The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston will announce the finalists and the winner of the award in March before the start of the NCAA Division I Frozen Four Tournament. The award will be presented during the New England Hockey Writers dinner in April.

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