O'Brien, Coghlin Lead St. Norbert Honorees From U.S. College Hockey Online

From Sports Information Director, April 22, 2011 | Men's Hockey
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College's goaltender B.J. O'Brien and head coach Tim Coghlin swept U.S. College Hockey Online's major national post-season awards in Division III hockey this season.

O'Brien was named USCHO's Division III Player of the Year, while Coghlin was tabbed the Web site's Coach of the Year. Additionally, O'Brien was a first-team All-America selection - the lone St. Norbert first-team honoree. Senior defenseman Nick Tabisz was a second-team choice, and junior forward Johan Ryd was a third-team pick. USCHO named three All-America teams selected on a national basis.

Coghlin led St. Norbert to its second NCAA Division III championship in the last four years, climaxing a 25-4-1 season with a 4-3 win over Adrian College in the national title game March 26 in Minneapolis.

O'Brien was named the NCAA Division III Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive year, and is that award's only multiple winner. O'Brien finished the year 22-2-1 with a .931 save percentage and 1.63 goals against average. He was also a first-team All-America choice by the American Hockey Coaches Association.

Tabisz, who scored the game-winning goal in the national championship game, finished the year with nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points. Tabisz, who had six power-play goals, was also a first-team All-America selection by the AHCA.

Ryd led the Green Knights in scoring with 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points. His seven game-winning goals are a St. Norbert season record and led Division III this season. Ryd was a second-team AHCA All-America choice.