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3 Bruins Named All-Stars as PAC 8 Season Draws to a Close

15 February 2012

Junior forward, Michael Carder (Huntington Beach, CA), Junior Goaltender, Al Ricciardeli (Boston, MA) and Freshman forward, Doo Soo Kim (Los Angeles, CA) were all named to the All PAC 8 Conference All-Star team this past weekend in Seattle, Washington. The trio were honored following the PAC 8 Championship game, won for the 2nd consecutive year by the University of Washington Huskies over the UTAH Skatin Utes by a 2-0 score.

It was a tale of 2 seasons for the Bruins who struggled with the “perfect storm,” of injuries and academic commitments in the second half of the season after posting a perfect 7-0 mark in the first half. The Bruins finished a disappointing 4th in the PAC 8 Tournament as they were missing 7 key players from their first half roster leaving them with only 12 skaters for the event.

Despite the second-half struggles, Bruins Coach Mark Francis, (2nd yr, Fredericton, NB) sees a lot of positives in this season and what the team can look forward to for the 2012-13 campaign.

“While it was frustrating to lose so many players go down in the 2nd half of our season, we are only losing 3 players including Seniors John Lee (Monterrey, CA), Brad Schleder (Chicago, IL) and Andrew Darrin (San Francisco, CA) going into next season. Having such a solid core coming back is always a positive sign and hopefully we’ll land another strong recruiting class that will help us take another big step forward next season.” The Bruins finished at 8-4 in PAC 8 play this season, good for a 4th place finish and a 4 game improvement over the 2010-11 campaign.