Ice Dawgs Rake In Postseason Awards

The University of Georgia Hockey team wrapped up their season in the middle of February, but they have continued to wrack up postseason awards since then. The team has stayed active in the classroom, hosting fundraisers, and completing community service events during the last three months. Here’s a look back at all of the awards the team has received since finishing the season as SECHC Champions with a record of 23-3:

Three Players Named to All-South Region Team:

Carter Penzien, a senior for the Ice Dawgs, led the way this season being named the ACHA Men’s Division III South Region MVP, while also being named All-South Region First Team. Penzien was joined by sophomore Kyle Harris, who was also named All-South Region First Team. Caleb Santa Maria, a junior from Decatur, Georgia, represented the Ice Dawgs by being named All-South Region Second Team.

Penzien Named First-Team All-American:

Carter Penzien did not stop with regional awards this season. He was also named an ACHA Men’s Division III First-Team All-American. Penzien was one of just six players selected for the honor, and was the only player from the South Region to be named an All-American. Penzien finished the season with 74 points, which was sixth best in Division III. He also added 40 goals, which was fifth best in Division III.

Carter Penzien was the only player from the South Region to be named a First-Team All-American.

Ice Dawgs Awarded for Community Service:

The ACHA recently recognized the Georgia Hockey program for their outstanding contributions to their local community and a charitable organization, and representation of the ACHA. The annual Community Service Award is given out to one program in each ACHA division, with Georgia earning the award for the Men’s Division III level. Georgia’s Hockey team was recognized for raising over $10,000 through their Pink in the Rink game, which raised money for Bulldogs Battling Breast Cancer and St. Mary’s Hospital of Athens. Georgia was also recognized for their annual Teddy Bear Toss night which supports local sheriff’s departments.

The Georgia Hockey program raised over $10,000 this for Bulldogs Battling Breast Cancer in partnership with St. Mary’s of Athens.

Eight Ice Dawgs Named to ACHA All-Academic Team:

The Georgia Hockey team had eight players announced as part of the ACHA All-Academic team, including two graduate students and two seniors. Eric Mauge and Christopher Keresztes were the two graduate students who earned the honors. While Mauge has finished his time at UGA, Keresztes will return to the team next season. Christopher Santa Maria and David Spielberger were the two seniors that earned the award for the Ice Dawgs. Spielberger earned the highest team GPA with a 3.97. Emily Barber, Kyle Harris, Austin Krusko and Chase McDaniel were all juniors who were named to the All-Academic team.

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