by Amy Moritz
ROCHESTER -- Niagara won three of the major indiviudal conference awards at the pre-tournament reception for Atlantic Hockey held at Blue Cross Arena Thursday night.
Dave Burkholder won Coach of the Year. Goaltender Carsen Chubak won Player ofthe Year and Marc Zanette won the Best Defensive Forward award.
"Carsen has been the best player on the ice for us all year," Burkholder said. "Marc Zanette, he's been the guy who makes things go for us. It's really hard to be a two-way player and he's consistently done that for us."
Chubak also was named a Top 10 Finalist for the for the Hobey Baker Award. He is the third Niagara player to be a Top 10 finalist along with Joe Tallari and Paul Zanette.
Atlantic Hockey also announced its 10th Annivesary teams. Paul Zanette was a third-team selection while Canisius alum Cory Conacher was a first-team selection.
Canisius and Niagara square off in the conference semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday at Blue Cross Arena.