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Karpowich named Clarkson hockey MVP for 2nd straight season

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POTSDAM — Paul Karpowich was named the Most Valuable Player of the Clarkson University men’s hockey team for a second straight year Saturday night at the team’s annual awards banquet.

Karpowich, a goalie who is now a member of the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues, earned the Bill Harrison Award after finishing with a 16-15-6 record with a 2.46 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage. He left Clarkson as the school’s all-time leader in saves with 3,735.

Sophomore Ben Sexton, who was an assistant captain this season, was named as the captain for next year. The assistant captains will be announced later.

Jake Morley, Clarkson’s captain this season, earned the Mike Morrison Coaches’ Award for teamwork, hustle and dedication. The Ogdensburg native played in 34 games and scored seven goals with nine assists. He also won the Clarkson Ironman Award, which goes to the player who shows the most determination despite injury.

Junior defenseman Andrew Himelson won the Richmond Unsung Hero Award. Senior Nick Tremblay, who led the team in scoring with 17 goals and 19 assists, won the Paul J. Pilon Award, which goes to the team’s top scholar-athlete.

Louke Oakley, another senior, won the Fran Neragin Award, which goes to the player who most displays unselfish play and sportsmanship on and off the ice.

Defenseman Sam Labrecque was chosen as the team’s Rookie of the Year after producing eight goals and 15 assists.

Senior Corey Tamblyn won two awards, earning the Best Defensive Player honor as well as the North Country Award, which goes to the player who most distinguished himself in games against St. Lawrence University.

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