March 13, 2013
HAVERHILL, Mass. - Army forward Joe Kozlak was one of five players selected to the Atlantic Hockey Association All-Rookie Team, it was announced on Wednesday.
All student-athletes were nominated by their coaches and voted on by the remaining 11 coaches.
Kozlak, from Duluth, Minn., was among the scoring leaders for the Black Knights this season and earned his spot on the All-Rookie Team after scoring seven goals and handing out 10 assists.
Kozlak was one of seven players who competed in all 34 games for Army. He scored two game-winning goals and once on the power play while registering a pair of multiple-point games.
Kozlak collected assists in two of his first three games and then posted the first multiple-point game of his career with a goal and assist against Sacred Heart. Two games later, he scored the game-winning goal on the power in a victory over Holy Cross.
One of Kozlak's biggest goals came on the road at Canisius when he netted the game-winning tally in overtime of a 1-0 victory.
Kozlak also scored goals opposite Connecticut, RIT and Bentley as well as against Mercyhurst in the playoffs. He posted assists in contests against Maine, Sacred Heart, AIC, RIT, Bentley, Connecticut and Holy Cross.
Kozlak is the first Army player to be tabbed for All-Rookie honors since Marcel Alvarez was chosen in 2009. Tim Manthey (2006) and Owen Meyer (2007) also earned the accolade.
Joining Kozlak on the 2012-13 Team were forwards Andrew Gladiuk (Bentley) and Chris Porter (AIC) and defensemen Matt Blomquist (Bentley) and Karl Beckman (Holy Cross).
2012-13 Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie Team
Andrew Gladiuk, Forward, Bentley
Joe Kozlak, Forward, U.S. Military Academy
Chris Porter, Forward, AIC
Matt Blomquist, Defense, Bentley
Karl Beckman, Defense, Holy Cross