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Andersen, Callahan Named AHCA/CCM Men’s Hockey All-Americans

Andersen, Callahan Named AHCA/CCM Men’s Hockey All-Americans

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. ( – UW-Eau Claire men's hockey forward Ross Andersen (Sr.-River Falls, WI) and defenseman Jack Callahan (Sr.-Red Bank, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) have been named American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA)/CCM All-Americans, it was announced by at the NCAA Division III Men's Hockey Frozen Four Banquet.

Official Release

Anderson and Callahan are the fifth and sixth Blugolds to earn AHCA All-American honors in the past three seasons.  It is the second such honor for Callahan who was a First Team All-America recipient in 2012-13.

Earning First Team All-America honors, Anderson led the nation in short-handed goals (5), tied for second in game-winning goals (5), tied for fifth in goals per game (0.77) and tied for 26th in points per game (1.23).  A First Team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) selection, Andersen lead the league in goals (20), short-hand points (6), short-hand goals (5) and game-winning goals (5).  Andersen also ranked second in points (32) and 12th in assists (12).  Andersen scored at least one point in 18 of 27 games this season including a stretch from January 31 to February 14 where he scored a goal in five straight games.  Andersen was named WIAC Men's Hockey Athlete of the Week a league-best three times in 2014-15.  This season Andersen tied the school record of five game-winning goals by Alex Hicks in 1989-90 and five short-handed goals also set by Hicks in 1991-92.  In the Eau Claire record book Andersen finished his career tied for second in career game-winning goals (10) and fifth in short-handed goals (5).  Andersen also ranks 13th for career goals (49), 19th in points (88) and tied for 21st in games played (106).

Named to the All-America Second Team, Callahan ranked third nationally in points per game by a defenseman (0.96) and tied for 22nd in assists per game (0.78).  Callahan was part of a Blugold penalty kill unit which ranked fifth nationally at 89.1%.  A First Team All-WIAC honoree, Callahan ranked second in the conference in defenseman scoring (26) and assists (21).  Callahan also ranked fourth among WIAC statistics in short-handed points (2) and seventh in power play points (9) and short-handed points (2).  Callahan tallied a season-high four assists in an 11-2 victory over Lawrence on December 13, 2015.  Callahan received first team All-WIAC honors in 2013 while earning honorable mention accolades in 2014.  Callahan has led the team in assists each of the last two seasons.  In three seasons as a Blugold Callahan is tied for 18th in career assists (53) tying Dennis Ryan who played from 1979-83.