Vokes, Caruso Win ECHL Awards

(PR) PRINCETON, N.J. – Matt Vokes of the Trenton Devils has been selected as the Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the Month for February.

He was also named the ECHL Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 15-21.

Vokes had 20 points (9g-11a) in 11 games, including three game-winning goals and a plus-minus rating of +6 to help Trenton go 8-3-0. He led rookies during the month in goals, assists, game-winners and plus-minus and was tied for the lead among rookies with three power-play goals and one shorthand goal.

He leads the Devils with 24 assists and a plus-minus rating of +12 and is second on the team with 38 points.

The 24 year old currently has a nine-game point streak (9g-8a) which began on Feb. 12 when he scored a shorthand goal to help the Devils beat Reading 5-3 and has four games with three-or-more points during the streak. He also has an eight-game point streak (4g-10a) on the road since Jan. 27 when he had an assist in Trenton’s 2-1 win at Florida.

Vokes set a career high with four goals against Wheeling on Feb. 21 and tied a career high with three assists against Reading on Feb. 5, at Elmira on Feb. 14 and at Johnstown on Feb. 20 and tallied three-or-more points in four of his 11 games during the month.

His four goals on Feb. 21 included a power-play goal and the game winner and it was the first multi-goal game Vokes has recorded in his career and the third time this season he has had four points in one game. He scored four points (1g-3a) in a 5-2 win against Wheeling on Jan. 2 and added four points (1g-3a) against Reading in a 4-1 victory on Feb. 5.

Prior to joining the ECHL, the Auburn, Mass. native played four seasons at Brown University and saw action in 115 games, recording 64 points (28g-36a) and 63 penalty minutes from 2005-09. He also had 90 points (44g-46a) and 58 penalty minutes in 113 regular-season games and 14 points (6g-8a) and 10 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games with Cedar Rapids of the United States Hockey League from 2003-05.

Runners-Up: Nick Mazzolini, Alaska (12 gp, 4g, 12a, 14 pts.) and Tim Miller, Gwinnett (12gp, 7g, 6a, 13pts.).

Also Nominated: Scott Hotham (Florida), Dean Strong (Kalamazoo), Michael Pelech (Ontario), Jake Hauswirth (South Carolina), Maxime Tanguay (Toledo) and Tony Romano (Utah).

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(PR) PRINCETON, N.J. – Dave Caruso of the Trenton Devils has been named the ECHL Goaltender of the Month for February.

Caruso was 7-2-0 with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a save percentage of .942 to help the Devils improve to 24-23-9 overall. He ended the month with a career-best six-game win streak that began with a 5-3 win against Reading on Feb. 12 and allowed only one goal in five of his nine starts during the month.

The 27 year old is 14-15-2 on the season and is fourth in the league with 1,016 saves while posting a goals-against average of 3.06 and a save percentage of .910 in 34 games for Trenton. Caruso stopped 46 shots in a 7-5 win at Elmira on Feb. 14 and denied another 41 shots less than a week later during a 6-2 victory at Johnstown on Feb. 20.

Caruso began his ECHL career in 2006-07 and is 36-27-9 with a goals-against average of 2.89 and a save percentage of .909 in 73 regular-season games for Trenton and Gwinnett while going 1-2-0 with a goals-against average of 2.71 and a save percentage of .925 in three Kelly Cup Playoff games for Trenton.

The Queens, N.Y. native has spent time in the American Hockey League where he has a 9-19-0 record with a goals-against average of 3.45 and a save percentage of .887 in 33 regular-season games for Chicago and Lowell.

He played four seasons at The Ohio State University compiling a 52-32-9 record with a goals-against average of 2.07 and a save percentage of .919 in 96 appearances for the Buckeyes. Honored as team MVP his junior and senior seasons, Caruso was selected to the 2004 CCHA All-Tournament Team as a sophomore, leading the Buckeyes to victory in the Mason Cup Championship.

Runners-Up: Chris Beckford-Tseu, Florida (7-2-3, 2.97 GAA, .912 save pct.) and Shane Connelly, South Carolina (5-3-2, 2.53 GAA, .904 save pct.).

Also Nominated: Frank Doyle (Alaska), Robert Mayer (Cincinnati), Danny Taylor (Gwinnett), Rejean Beauchemin (Idaho), Ryan Nie (Kalamazoo), Curtis Darling (Ontario), Alec Richards (Toledo), Beau Erickson (Utah) and Leland Irving (Victoria).

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