March 5, 2009

Buvinow and Vokes Earn All-Ivy Honors

March 5, 2009

PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown senior assistant captain Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA) and freshman Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) have been named to the 2009 All-Ivy team in a vote by the six Ivy League men's hockey coaches. The Bears top two scorers this year, both Vokes and Buvinow earned a spot on the Second Team.

The Bears' leading scorer, Vokes has been Brown's most consistent offensive threat all season long, posting at least one point in 17 of the Bears' 29 games. Vokes, who had 36 career points entering the season, has posted 26 points this year, leading the Bears in goals (11), assists (15), and power-play goals (6). The top-line center for the majority of the season, Vokes is also one of the top three faceoff men on the team, winning 207 faceoffs, second on the team, and posting a .485 winning percentage, second on the team among regular centers. All season, Vokes has been among the top scorers in the ECAC in several categories. He currently ranks 16th in points, 16th in goals, 18th in assists, third in power-play points (6g, 12a), and second in power-play goals. Among just the six Ivy League schools, Vokes was seventh in points, fifth in goals, eighth in assists, first in power-play points, and first in power-play goals.

Buvinow enters the post-season following a very impressive regular-season for the rookie defenseman. Part of Brown's top defensive pairing, Buvinow also ran the point for the Bears' top power-play unit, and finished the regular-season ranked second on the team in scoring with 17 points (3g, 14a). One of just three freshmen in the Ivy League to earn All-Ivy honors this season, Buvinow was the only one of the three to earn a spot on either the first or second team, as the other two were both named Honorable Mention. Like Vokes, Buvinow also ranks among the top players in the League. He enters the playoffs ranked sixth in power-play points (2g, 11a), seventh in defenseman scoring, and fifth in rookie scoring. Among the six Ivy League opponents only, Buvinow is 10th in assists, fourth in power-play points, fourth in defenseman scoring, and third in rookie scoring. Buvinow currently ranks third all-time at Brown for points in a season by a rookie defenseman, third all-time at Brown for assists in a season by a rookie defenseman, and fourth all-time at Brown for goals in a season by a rookie defenseman.

The Bears, which closed the regular season with a 3-21-5 record, begin competition in the ECAC Hockey playoffs this weekend when they travel to Harvard. Brown, seeded 12th in the 12-team tournament, will face the 5th-seeded Crimson in a best-of-three series beginning Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Action continues Saturday at 8:00 and then Sunday at 7:00, if necessary.

First Team All-Ivy
F - *Colin Greening, Cornell (Jr., St. John's, NF)
F - Scott Fleming, Dartmouth (So., Plainfield, ONT)
F - Mark Arcobello, Yale (Jr., Milford, CT)
F - Sean Backman, Yale (Jr., Cos Cob, CT)
D - Brendon Nash, Cornell (Jr., Kamloops, BC)
D - Jody Pederson, Princeton (Jr., Smithers, BC)
G - Zane Kalemba, Princeton (Jr., Saddle Brook, NJ)
* Unanimous selection

Second Team All-Ivy
F - Matt Vokes, Brown (Sr., Auburn, MA)
F - Blake Gallagher, Cornell (Jr., Dartmouth, NS)
F - Doug Rogers, Harvard (Jr., Watertown, MA)
F - Brett Wilson, Princeton (Sr., Calgary, ALB)
D - Jeff Buvinow, Brown (Fr., Turnersville, NJ)
D - Alex Biega, Harvard (Jr., Montreal, QUE)
G - Alec Richards, Yale (Sr., Robbinsdale, MN)

Honorable Mention All-Ivy
F - Riley Nash, Cornell (So., Kamloops, BC)
F - Doug Jones, Dartmouth (Fr., Marietta, GA)
D - Evan Stephens, Dartmouth (So., Bessember, MI)
D - Tom Dignard, Yale (Jr., Reading, MA)
G - Ben Scrivens, Cornell (Jr., Spruce Grove, ALB)
G - Jody O'Neil, Dartmouth (Fr., Nepean, ONT)

Player of the Year Zane Kalemba, Princeton (Jr., Saddle Brook, NJ)

Rookie of the Year Jody O'Neil, Dartmouth (Fr., Nepean, ONT)