Forward: Anthony Cusanelli
When picking a standout, it’s not always about who has the most points. Still, Cusanelli’s points are hard to ignore.
Through 26 games, he’s registered 49 points (31 goals, 18 assists). That’s good for 1.8 points per game, with a majority of those points coming from goals. And while it’s great that he can score a large amount of goals, the types of goals he scores demonstrate a high level of skill at his position.
Based on the graph, he scores most of his goals when the Wildcats are tied in the game, meaning most of his goals are the go-ahead goal. Even more, he’s tied for first in the American Collegiate Hockey Association with five game-winning goals.
Not only is he scoring, but he’s scoring in some of the most pressure-packed times, which gives him the edge as the team’s top forward right now.
Goaltender: Anthony Ciurro
UA head coach Chad Berman spoke volumes about the quality of his freshman goaltending between Anthony Ciurro and Nolan Bivolcic.
Ciurro has gotten more starts than Bivolcic this season, so he claims the spot as the standout goaltender.
Ciurro’s stats are not only the best out of the two freshman, but better than senior Austin Wilson’s.
As it stands, his record is 8-2, goals against average of 2.82 and a save percentage of .908. He’s also the only one to register a shutout on the season — and he has not one, but two of those.
Ciurro’s wins and stats haven’t come against easy opponents.
At the start of the season, Wilson was leaned on in larger contests, but as the season rolled along it became apparent the coaching staff no longer had to do that. Ciurro was good enough to earn the start against top teams, and he has been up to the task.