ELMIRA, N.Y. — The 20th All-American in Elmira College men’s ice hockey history, Nick Ford ’20, received another postseason award from U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO). Last week, the online publication announced that Ford was one of just three players from the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) named to the 2018 All-USCHO Team.
Ford has already collected All-UCHC First Team and CCM/American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America Second Team honors after a remarkable sophomore campaign that saw the New Lenox, Illinois, native finish second in the nation in scoring. He ranked second in Division III and led all scorers in the UCHC in points (50), points per game (1.79), goals (25), and goals per game (0.89). His totals in all three scoring categories – 50 points, 25 goals, and 25 assists – more than doubled his production from his freshman season.
The second-year forward recorded at least one point in 23 of 28 games in 2017-18, including 14 multi-point performances. Ford scored a career-high four goals as part of a five-point outing in an early-season win over King’s College (Pa.) and logged his second five-point game to guide the Soaring Eagles past Stevenson University in the semifinal round of the UCHC Tournament.
It’s been over two decades since the last time a Soaring Eagle tallied the kind of points Ford did this year. The last EC skater to net 25-plus goals in a single season was Randy Murphy ’95 in 1993-94 (29), and the most recent player to amass at least 50 points was former All-American Dave Evans ’97, who did so as a senior in 1996-97 (54).
The 2018 All-USCHO Teams were voted on by the website’s writers and editors. A total of 15 teams were represented, led by national champion St. Norbert College and the University of Massachusetts Boston with three selections apiece. Utica College was the only other UCHC team with players recognized by the USCHO; forward Roman Ammirato and defenseman Dalton Carter both earned second-team bids.
2018 ALL-USCHO TEAMS
G: T.J. Black, St. Norbert
D: Logan Day, Endicott
D: Sean Campbell, St. Norbert
F: Tanner Karty, Wisconsin–Stevens Point
F: Brady Fleurent, University of New England
F: Colin Larkin, Massachusetts–Boston
G: Blake Wojtala, Salve Regina
D: Dalton Carter, Utica College
D: Cory Dunn, Adrian College
F: Tanner Froese, St. Norbert
F: Roman Ammirato, Utica College
F: Mathew Thompson, Adrian College
G: Max Milosek, Wisconsin–Stevens Point
D: Pat Condon, Geneseo
D: Mathias Ahman, Wisconsin–Stout
F: Nick Ford, Elmira
F: Jack Billings, Salve Regina
F: Hunter Stewart, Marian University
G: Zach Dyment, Wisconsin–Eau Claire
D: Nick Albano, Massachusetts–Boston
D: Braydon Barker, Concordia University (Wis.)
F: Zack Bross, Massachusetts–Boston
F: Sascha Figi, Fitchburg State
F: Tyler Seltenreich, University of New England