LAKE PLACID, N.Y – Junior forwards Pier-Olivier Cotnoir and Kyle Thomas of the Norwich men's ice hockey team were each named CCM East Region All-Americans on Thursday night at the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship banquet held at the Lake Placid Olympic Conference Center.
Cotnoir (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) was named a First Team All-American and Thomas (Waltham, Mass.) was named to the Second Team. They become the 37th and 38th All-American selections in Norwich men's hockey history.
Cotnoir has enjoyed a career year so far this year in his third season donning the Maroon & Gold jersey. He leads the team with 21 goals and 20 assists for 41 points, which ranks tied for fifth nationally with Oswego State's Jon Whitelaw.
He has been especially dangerous on the power play with 12 man-advantage markers, which ties him for the nation lead. Cotnoir was named the ECAC East Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Sid Watson Award, which is given annually to the best Division III men's hockey player in the country.
Cotnoir helped propel the Cadets to their third straight NCAA Division III Frozen Four appearance by scoring a power play goal in last Saturday's 3-0 win over Wentworth in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The goal was also Cotnoir's 100th career point. He is the 45th player to achieve the milestone in NU men's hockey history.
Thomas was named a Second Team All-American after tallying 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points, which ranked third on the squad. He has four game-winning goals which leads the team and he currently sits just three points away from 100 career points.
Thomas joined Cotnoir on the ECAC East All-Conference First Team. Together, the two have paired to lead Norwich's nation-leading offense to the tune of 4.75 goals per game.
Norwich (24-2-2) has had seven All-Americans over the last three seasons. Chad Anderson, Eric Tallent and Ryan Klingensmith earned the honor during Norwich's run to the 2010 National Championship. Last year, Greg Eskedjian and Scott Schroeder each were named All-Americans.
The Cadets take on postseason rival St. Norbert Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. For the third straight season one of the two schools will end the others season. St. Norbert beat Norwich 3-2 in last year's NCAA semifinals to enact revenge on NU after the Cadets beat the Green Knights 2-1 in double-overtime to claim the 2010 national title.
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