Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Verbeke can cement case for SUNYAC Player of the Year
There is one regular season game left to play for Brockport. It's do or die. Brockport HAS to win to have any chance of making the playoffs.
Someone who looks to make a huge impact against Geneseo is senior captain Aidan Verbeke.
With one weekend to go, it looks like the battle for SUNYAC Player of the Year could go to either him or Geneseo's Conlan Keenan.
Of all players in the SUNYAC, Keenan has the highest points per game average at 1.50 (12th in the nation). Next in line is Verbeke at 1.46 which is good for 13th best in the nation.
Verbeke's goal total of 15 ranks behind only 3 SUNYAC players...Tyson Empey, also of Geneseo (18), Rich McCartney of Plattsburgh (17) and Keenan (17).
Voters might see that Keenan has a deep team (3 players with 30+ points, 2 more with 20+) while Verbeke is carrying a heavy load (he has 10 points and 5 goals more than his closest teammates). Then again, voters might consider Keenan's out of this world numbers as not being team dependent -- in his freshman campaign last year he put up an awesome 23-12-35 line.
Even if he doesn't secure SUNYAC MVP honors, Verbeke is certainly worthy of First Team All American consideration.
Hopefully you've been savoring the season -- and career -- Verbeke has been having.