March 05, 2009

Pipers place seven on all-conference lists

Four of those players were named all-conference while three earned honorable mention nods.

Leading the all-conference list is Piper sophomore defenseman Chris Berenguer (Eden Prairie, Minn.), who was first on the team in scoring with 39 points (14 goals, 25 assists) this season. Berenguer led the conference in power play goals (seven in MIAC play).

He is also second in the country in defenseman scoring (1.39 points per game).

The Pipers' second-leading scorer this season, senior forward Dustin Fulton (Dayton, Minn.), was named to the All-MIAC first team for the fourth time. He scored 35 points (12 goals, 23 assists) this season, and tied with Piper defenseman Joe Long (Sr., Dayton, Minn.) at third in the MIAC in points scored in conference games.

Defenseman Joe Long (Sr., Dayton, Minn.) capped off his senior year by earning his third straight All-Conference first team honor and fourth All-Conference nod (he was an honorable mention honoree during his first-year campaign).

In addition to tying with Fulton for third in the conference in points scored in MIAC play this season, he also led the MIAC in points by a defenseman in conference games (1.47 ppg). He totaled 30 points on 13 goals and 17 assists, good for third on the team in scoring.

The fourth Piper on the MIAC all-conference list was forward Kyle Kurr (Jr., Elk River, Minn.). Kurr had 28 points on 13 goals and 15 assists. He tied with three of his teammates - Long, Fulton and Andrew Birkholz (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn.) for third in the MIAC in conference assists (13).

Heading up the Pipers on the All-MIAC honorable mention list is first-year forward Brian Arrigoni (Saint Paul, Minn.) Arrigoni is also a part of the MIAC all-rookie team. He tallied 29 points on 12 goals and 17 assists, placing him fourth on the team in scoring.

Arrigoni was second in the MIAC in first-year scoring and was tied for first in the conference in game-winning goals in MIAC play (three). He also tied for ninth in MIAC points scored (20).

Birkholz, a forward, was named to the honorable mention all-conference list after scoring 24 points on nine goals and 15 assists this season. He tied for seventh in the conference in power play points per game (0.56).

Defenseman Jared Hummel (So., Eagan, Minn.) also earned honorable mention honors with 20 points on six goals and 14 assists.

The conference also released the third annual All-MIAC sportsmanship team. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition. Birkholz was named to that list from Hamline.

The Pipers finished the 2008-09 season with a record of 16-11-1, 9-7-0 MIAC and finished second in the conference playoff tournament.