Ryan, Bardreau and Gillam Earn All-Ivy Honors
Three Cornell players have been named to the All-Ivy team in the post-season honors. Seniors Cole Bardreau and Joakim Ryan were named to the first team, while sophomore goaltender Mitch Gillam earned a spot on the second team.
Bardreau currently leads the Big Red in points and assists. He has also been instrumental the team’s success on the power play, scoring a team-leading four goals during the man advantage. This year has been one of Bardreau’s best as he has posted career highs in both assists (16) and points (21). He has scored only two fewer power play goals than his career high of seven, scored in the 2013-2014 season. With at least two more games left in his senior season, Bardreau could easily leave Cornell with career highs in all three areas.
Ryan was the only unanimously-elected defenseman named to the first team. This is Ryan’s third All-Ivy honor and his second consecutive year on the first team. He leads all Cornell defensemen in both assists and points. Ryan has been a key blue-liner for the Big Red, playing almost 30 minutes of ice time a game. After missing the first eight games of the season due to an injury, Ryan came back flying, recording two points (1G-1A) against Denver in his second game back.
Gillam has proved a strong and reliable goaltender for the Big Red. He has consistently been ranked as one of the top collegiate goaltenders this season in terms of goals against average (1.77) and save percentage (.935). He spent many weeks atop the national standings in these categories, but currently sits in fifth and fourth, respectively. All-Ivy first team goaltender Alex Lyon of Yale currently leads the nation in both goals against average and save percentage. Gillam entered this season having only played in two collegiate games. His stellar performance has been a welcome addition to Cornell’s already-solid defensive core.
Both Gillam’s and Ryan’s strong play has helped Cornell have the nation’s best penalty kill (91.1%). Bardreau, Ryan and Gillam have helped lead the team to home-ice advantage in the first round of the ECAC playoffs, when they will face the Union College Dutchmen in a best-of-three series beginning Friday at Lynah Rink.
The rest of the All-Ivy teams:
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
Cole Bardreau, Cornell (Sr., F – Fairport, NY)
*Eric Neiley, Dartmouth (Sr., F – Warminster, PA)
*Jimmy Vesey, Harvard (Jr., F – North Reading, MA)
Mike Doherty, Yale (So., F – Reading, MA)
*Joakim Ryan, Cornell (Sr., D – Rumson, NJ)
Rob O’Gara, Yale (Jr., D – Nesconset, NY)
*Alex Lyon, Yale (So., G – Baudette, MN)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Nick Lappin, Brown (Jr., F – Geneva, IL)
Matt Lorito, Brown (Sr., F – Oakville, Ontario, Canada)
Kyle Criscuolo, Harvard (Jr., F – Southampton, NJ)
John Hayden, Yale (So., F – Greenwich, CT)
Patrick McNally, Harvard (Sr., D – Glen Head, NY)
Andy Simpson, Dartmouth (Sr., D – Chesterfield, MO)
Mitch Gillam, Cornell (So., G – Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Desmond Bergin, Harvard (Jr., D – Natick, MA)
Max Everson, Harvard (Sr., D – Edina, MN)
Steve Michalek, Harvard (Sr., G – Glastonbury, CT)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jimmy Vesey, Harvard (Jr., F – North Reading, MA)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Ryan Hitchcock, Yale (Fr., F – Manhassett, NY)
COACH OF THE YEAR
*Keith Allain, Yale
* Unanimous selection
^ The first and second teams are expanded beyond six, due to ties in voting