FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. -- Greg Squires and Kevin Connauton have received Honorable Mention for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Rookie team released by the CCHA Monday afternoon.
Squires, a native of White Plains, N.Y., finished the regular season with 17 points off of three goals and 14 assists in 28 conference games. He was a line-mate to the CCHA Scoring Champion, Patrick Galivan, assisting on many of his goals. The five-foot-eight forward hit the three point mark for the first time of his career in WMU’s 5-0 win over Nebraska-Omaha, tallying a goal and two assists. Squires, who played his junior hockey for the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League, was named CCHA Rookie of the Week for is play against Ohio State on Jan. 23 and 24, ending the week with a goal and two assists. He was later named CCHA Rookie of the Month for both January and February.
Recently Squires, who finished fifth in the CCHA in freshman scoring, helped the Broncos move on to the CCHA Tournament Quarter Finals by besting Lake Superior State in a three game series in which Squires tallied a goal and three assists in the series.
Connauton, a six-foot-two defenseman, tallied four goals and six assists and finished with a plus/minus ration of plus-seven in 28 conference games. A big highlight of the Edmonton, Alberta, native’s career came against Michigan on Nov. 14. Connauton whirled and fired the puck from the blue-line past Michigan goaltender Billy Sauer for the game-winning goal for the second tally of his career.
Connauton, who played his junior hockey with the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, was instrumental during WMU’s weekend series win over Lake Superior State. He tallied three goals during the series, including the game-winner in Saturday night’s 4-3 double overtime victory.
The duo is the first to receive All-Rookie honors since Mark Letestu and current WMU goaltender Riley Gill were named to the CCHA All-Rookie team for the 2006-07 season.
Connauton, Squires and the rest of the Broncos will be in action in the CCHA Tournament Quarterfinals when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the Wolverines on Friday at 7:35 p.m., Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday if needed.
The official All-Rookie team can be found by clicking on the PDF attachement to this article.