By: Collin Schuck – IceRays Staff
Dec. 7, 2016
It was quiet week heading into the month of December across the board with a few multi-point weekends and some re-emerging talent. In the fifth edition of the IceRays Alumni Report, Vol. III, a blue liner pushes ahead in NCAA Division I action, while a few big names from last season have strong comeback weekends to get back on track to career-highs.
Fans of the Central Hockey League (CHL) IceRays team will appreciate the consistency that forward Chad Costello (’09-’10) has been over the last few years, and after slipping over the last couple weeks from his top of the ECHL form, he’s right back where he has stayed throughout his ECHL career. A five-point week including a three-point game on December third against the Tulsa Oilers has led him atop the ECHL with 31 points, only seven of which coming as goals. Since going to the two-time Kelly Cup Champions, the Johnstown, Iowa product has been a huge assist grabber, nabbing 187 helpers in now his third season and is still on pace to finish the season just around the 100-point threshold he’s claimed the last two years.
We jump right to NCAA Division I action at Miami University (OH), where sophomore defenseman Grant Hutton (’12-13) is starting to string together points while becoming one of the most productive defensemen for the RedHawks. The Carmel, Ind., native earned a two-point game on Friday night in a 4-3 loss to Cornell University, putting up one goal and one assist. The game is his first career multi-point game and comes at a time when the RedHawks are struggling to put up consistent point production. Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Big Red ended a three-game point streak, during which he recorded two goals and two assists for four points, moving him to six points on the season, which is a new career-high. Hutton sits tied for fifth on the team in scoring and leads RedHawks defensemen.
December seemed to be the kick-start a few members of Plymouth State University needed to get the scoring going this season, and a ten-goal weekend paid big dividends in the effort. After a point on Thursday night, forward Michael Economos (’12-’13) exploded in Saturday’s 6-3 win over Westfield State, putting up three goals and two assists for five points and factored in on the first five goals including scoring the team’s first two tallies. Forward Ian McGilvrey (’12-’13) was right behind him with one goal and two assists including scoring one of two empty net goals and assisting on the game-tying goal. The six-point weekend for Economos earned him Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Player of the Week honors and slides him to second on the team in scoring with seven goals and four assists for 11 points. McGilvrey now owns three goals and five assists for eight points after his four-point weekend. Defenseman Tommy Dowell (’10-’11) also had a two-assist weekend to climb to eight points in his second season.
It’s been a lot quieter season for forward Jon Grebosky (’11-’13) after a career sophomore season, but the Oakdale, Penn., product had a good start to the month of December on Saturday night. During Concordia College’s 3-2 win over St. Mary’s University, he opened the game with a goal and assisted on the game-winner toward the end of the second period. It’s just his second multi-point game of the season following a three-assist game on November 5 and just his third point since then. Grebosky now owns two goals and six assists for eight points on the year.
Already with half of his games logged compared to last season, sophomore forward Nick Monfils (’12-’13) is just about as productive as his freshman season at Marian University with the help of a solid weekend. In both wins against St. Scholastica on Friday and Saturday, the Wisconsin earned points, scoring on the power play in Friday’s 4-3 win and assisting in Saturday’s 4-2 win. That’s now points in four of his last five games, and all five points come in his last seven games. He’s still looking for his first multi-point game, but he’s one point shy of his collegiate high set in year one.
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Collin Schuck is the Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations for the Corpus Christi IceRays. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @CollinDSchuck.