March 5, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Max McCormick, a freshman forward on the Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been named to the 2011-12 CCHA All-Rookie team, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday. Ryan Dzingel, a forward for the Buckeyes, and defenseman Al McLean each were honorable mention selections to the all-rookie team.
The all-rookie team was determined by a vote of the conference’s head coaches, with selections based on CCHA games only. The team includes three forwards, two defensemen and a goalie.
McCormick is the 12th Buckeye named to the league’s all-rookie team and the first since Matt Bartkowski and Zac Dalpe in 2009. With Dzingel and McLean, Ohio State now has 20 honorable mention all-rookie team selections.
De Pere, Wis., native McCormick, was second in scoring among CCHA rookies in conference play with 20 points, on 10 goals and 10 assists, despite missing six games because of injury. The two-time CCHA Rookie of the Week was tied for second on the team with 22 points, scoring 10 goals and adding 12 assists and is tied for fifth in scoring among conference rookies. He had a point on 12 of the Buckeyes’ final 19 goals of the campaign. During the year, McCormick had six multiple-point games, including his first career hat trick Jan. 28 at Lake Superior State.
Dzingel, from Wheaton, Ill., had 19 points in CCHA play, including a league rookie-best 14 assists, to rank fourth among CCHA freshmen after playing in 26 games. He tied for the Buckeye scoring lead this season with 24 points, leading the squad with 17 assists and is currently third in scoring among CCHA freshmen. Dzingel had five multiple-point outings as a freshman, with a four-point game Nov. 19 at Michigan.
McLean, a native of Duluth, Minn., tied for second among CCHA rookie blueliners with nine points in 26 CCHA games. He played in 31 games on the year and had 11 points, including eight assists, to rank fifth among conference rookie defensemen.
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