2003-04 Men's Ice Hockey Players of the Week

March 8, 2004
John Dawson, Middlebury
(Senior, Forward - New Canaan, Conn.)
Dawson scored two goals in Middlebury's NESCAC Championship win over Trinity. The NESCAC title was the fourth for Middlebury in the five years the tournament has existed. The senior captain has 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points on the season, as he leads the team to its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend.

March 1, 2004
Elliot Altberg, Hamilton
(Junior, Forward - Thornhill, Ontario)
Altberg figured in all four of Hamilton's goals Saturday as Hamilton upset nationally ranked Bowdoin 4-0 in conference quarterfinal action. He recorded a hat trick and assisted on the other goal as the sixth-seeded Continentals won at third-seeded Bowdoin for the second time in nine days. Hamilton is in the conference semifinals for the third time in four years.

February 23, 2004
Kevin Cooper, Middlebury
(Senior, Forward - Mississauga, Ontario)
Cooper scored a hat-trick, including a goal six seconds into the game, as third-ranked Middlebury defeated top-ranked Norwich 6-2 in front of a sold out crowd of 2,600 at the Kenyon Arena. Cooper also assisted on a goal in the game, while netting his third 7:25 into the third period to seal the win. The senior now leads the NESCAC with 42 points on the season.

February 16, 2004
Cameron Finch, Trinity
(Sophomore, Forward - Acton, Mass.)
Trinity sophomore forward Cameron Finch totaled three points in an 8-6 win over Williams with two goals and an assist, and netted the game-winning goal in the third period of a 2-1 win against top-ranked Middlebury.

February 9, 2004
Adam Dann, Bowdoin
(Sophomore, Forward - Burlington, Vt.)
Dann scored five goals in two wins last week for the Polar Bears, who knocked off the top-ranked team in Division III - Norwich on Saturday. Dann started the weekend with a hat trick in a victory over St. Michael's before posting two goals against the Cadets. The sophomore scored the game-winner in the second period as well as an insurance goal in the third to make it a 5-3 victory and snap Norwich's 16-game winning streak.

February 2, 2004
Kevin Cooper, Middlebury
(Senior, Forward - Mississauga, Ontario)
Cooper scored five goals and dished out four assists last week, becoming Middlebury's all-time leading modern-day goal scorer with 82. The senior scored two goals and dished out two assists in an 8-1 thumping of #4 Plattsburgh St., while recording a hat-trick with two assists in a 9-2 win at Mass.-Boston.

January 26, 2004
Marc Scheuer, Middlebury
(Senior, Goaltender - Pt. Claire, Quebec)
Scheuer was in goal for all three Middlebury league road wins last week as the Panthers improved to 12-2. Scheuer made 59 saves and allowed just four goals in wins at 13th-ranked Williams, St. Anselm and 10th-ranked New England College. Scheuer had a 1.33 goals against average for the week, while earning a shutout at Williams.

January 19, 2004
Gus Katsuras, Hamilton
(Sophomore, Forward - Toronto, Ontario)
Katsuras scored five goals and assisted on another in a 3-0-0 week for Hamilton. He kicked off the week by recording a hat trick in a 7-1 win against nationally ranked Amherst. Two of the three goals were unassisted. The sophomore then notched a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win against Salem State College. Katsuras was one of six Hamilton players to score a goal in a 7-1 win against Southern Maine. His goal gave the Continentals a 1-0 lead early in the first period.

January 12, 2004
Jim Panczykowski, Wesleyan
(Senior, Goaltender - Cattaragus, N.Y.)
Over a 1-0-2 week, Panczykowski recorded 119 saves while allowing just seven goals while playing all 190 minutes posting a .944 save percentage and a 2.22 goals-against average. All three Wesleyan road opponents had winning records including 13th ranked Amherst. Panczykowski had 38 saves and allowed just one goal to the Lord Jeffs in a 3-1 victory while posting 46 saves in a 4-4 tie with Hamilton and 35 stops in a 2-2 overtime tie at Wentworth.

December 8, 2003
Will Bennett, Wesleyan
(Freshman, Forward - Dedham, Mass.)
A seven-point weekend from Wesleyan freshman Will Bennett led the Cardinals to two conference victories over Mass.-Boston, 5-2, and Babson, 7-4. Bennett scored three goals in the second period against Babson, including the game-winner with 1:05 left in the period to break a 4-4 tie and complete his hat trick. The freshman added an assist on the insurance goal with 10 minutes to go. Bennett logged three assists in the defeat of Mass.-Boston.

December 1, 2003
Beau Kretzman, Amherst
(Junior, Forward - Edina, Minn.)
Co-captain Beau Kretzman earned Tournament MVP honors, leading undefeated Amherst to a pair of wins over Cortland and Trinity at the Ben McCabe Invitational. Kretzman had two goals and an assist in Saturday's 6-5 come-from-behind win over Cortland and assisted on the overtime game-winner in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Trinity. Kretzman also added 2 goals, including the game winner, in a 4-2 defeat of Wentworth earlier in the week.

November 24, 2003
Chris Ries, Colby
(Junior, Goaltender - Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Chris Ries made 48 saves in two games leading the Mules to a 1-0-1 weekend. He stopped 30 shots to help the Mules secure a 2-2 tie with 11th-ranked New England College on Saturday. He also had 18 saves in Colby’s 6-2 victory over St. Anselm. Ries had a .923 save percentage for the weekend.