2004-05 Men's Ice Hockey Players of the Week

March 7, 2005
Ross Cherry, Middlebury
(Freshman, Goaltender - Basking Ridge, N.J.)
Cherry was amazing in goal all weekend for the Panthers. He stopped 75 of 78 shots, including a 46 save effort in the championship win over Bowdoin. He lowered his goals against average to 1.89 on the season, while improving his save percentage to a NESCAC-best .935.

Brian Phinney, Middlebury
(Senior, Forward - Ripton, Vt.)
Phinney scored two goals and assisted on the game-winner in the title game to lead Middlebury to its fifth NESCAC Championship. The senior captain led a Middlebury defense that allowed just three goals over the weekend. He now has 23 points in 27 games this season, ranking him third on the team.

February 28, 2005
Cameron Finch, Trinity
(Junior, Forward - Acton, Mass.)
Cameron Finch recorded a natural hat trick that included the game-winning goal, as the Bantams trounced Tufts, 9-2, to reach their fourth straight NESCAC Semifinals. Trinity will host the league finals for the first time.

February 21, 2005
Brad Shirley, Williams
(Sophomore, Goaltender - Hanover, N.H.)
Sophomore goaltender Brad Shirley was instrumental Williams’ sweep of Norwich and St. Michael’s posting a .963 save percentage. In a 2-1 victory over fourth-ranked Norwich, Shirley made 45 saves followed by 34 stops in an 8-2 win on Saturday over St. Michael’s.

February 14, 2005
Mickey Gilchrist, Middlebury
(Freshman, Forward - Ottawa, Ontario)
Mickey Gilchrist scored five goals and dished out an assist in a 1-0-1 week for Middlebury. The rookie scored a pair and added an assist in a 6-0 win over Wesleyan, before scoring a hat-trick in the Panthers 4-4 tie with Trinity. He currently leads Middlebury with 14 goals on the season.

February 7, 2005
Gus Katsuras, Hamilton
(Junior, Forward - Toronto, Ontario)
Gus Katsuras scored five goals and passed the 100-point mark for his career in a 2-0 week for Hamilton. Katsuras had a hat trick in a 3-1 win against Williams on Friday and scored two more goals in the Continentals' 3-2 upset against sixth-ranked Middlebury on Saturday. His second goal snapped a 2-2 tie with 5:45 left in the third period. He now has 101 points and is the 25th men's player in school history to reach the 100-point mark for a career.

January 31, 2005
Doug Kisielius, Trinity
(Senior, Goaltender - Park Ridge, Ill.)
Kisielius made 90 saves in two Bantam road games against nationally-ranked opponents, as Trinity posted a 1-0-1 record against Colby and Bowdoin. He made 41 saves in a 4-2 win at No. 15-ranked Colby, including 14 in a scoreless third period for Colby, and added a season-high 49 stops in a 4-4 tie in overtime at Bowdoin. Kisielius helped the Bantams hold Colby to one power play goal in six chances and Bowdoin to one power play goal in 10 opportunities.

January 24, 2005
James Kalec, Tufts
(Freshman, Goaltender - East Amherst, N.Y.)
James Kalec broke a 49-year old Tufts record with 60 saves in a 4-1 win over #13 Colby. He then made 26 stops in a 3-3 tie with #11 Bowdoin that gave Tufts its first point against the Polar Bears since hockey returned as a varsity sport in 1986. For the week, including a win over Suffolk, Kalec was 2-0-1 with a 1.94 goals against average, 112 saves in three games (37.3 per game) and a .949 save percentage.

January 17, 2005
Chris Ries, Colby
(Senior, Goaltender - Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Colby goalie Chris Ries shut out top-ranked and defending national champion Middlebury with 24 saves in a 2-0 Mules win Saturday. It was the first time Middlebury had been shut out in 42 contests. Ries helped Colby to a 2-0 week with 20 stops in a 5-2 victory over Williams on Friday.

January 10, 2005
Dave Moccia, Connecticut College
(Senior, Forward - Malvern, Pa.)
Moccia netted three goals in a 1-1 week for the Camels. In a 2-1 defeat to top ranked Middlebury College Friday night, Moccia put in a shorthanded goal in the third period. Saturday afternoon, Moccia led the Camels to a 5-2 victory at Williams, netting two goals at Williams College. His second goal of the day with 9:29 remaining proved to be the game-winner.

January 3, 2005
James Gadon, Bowdoin
(Sophomore, Forward - Toronto, Ontario)
Bowdoin sophomore James Gadon was named MVP of the Salem State Holiday Classic thanks to a hat trick in the championship tilt, a 5-2 victory over ninth-ranked Curry College. Gadon also notched a goal and two assists in the Polar Bears 8-1 semifinal victory over Worcester State. Gadon leads Bowdoin with eight goals on the year.

December 13, 2004
Nick Bayley, Colby
(Senior, Forward - Cambridge, Ontario)
Colby's Nick Bayley scored a key third period goal and assisted on the game-winning tally in overtime as the Mules went on the road and beat arch-rival Bowdoin in a 5-4 game. Bayley scored with about 10 minutes to play in regulation for what turned out to be a huge goal for a 4-2 lead. After Bowdoin tied the game, Bayley had the assist on Joel Morash's overtime goal.

December 6, 2004
Steve Binswanger, Wesleyan
(Junior, Goaltender - Blue Bell, Pa.)
Led by junior goalie Steve Binswanger, Wesleyan knocked off Mass.-Boston and Babson on the road. Making 76 saves while allowing only one goal each outing, Binswanger posted a 1.00 goals against average and a .974 save percentage in the two wins. He had 51 saves in the 3-1 victory over Babson which entered the contest ranked nationally in scoring offense averaging almost five goals per game.

Kyle Schoppel, Amherst
(First Year, Forward - Cambridge, Ontario)
Schoppel netted four goals and dished out an assist as the Jeffs defeated St. Michael's College and tied second-ranked Norwich University this weekend. Schoppel scored twice, including a short-handed goal, and assisted on another as Amherst defeated St. Michael's 4-1. The first year posted back-to-back scores to give Amherst an early lead against Norwich.

November 29, 2004
Steve Oven, Connecticut College
(Senior, Goaltender - Vestal, N.Y.)
Connecticut College senior goalie Steve Oven made 61 saves and had a 1.00 Goals Against Average in two starts at the Charles Luce Tournament in New London. Oven had 34 stops in a 2-0 blanking of Amherst College Saturday and added 27 saves in a 2-1 defeat to Trinity College Sunday.

November 22, 2004
George Papachristopoulos, Bowdoin
(Junior, Goaltender - Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec)
Bowdoin netminder George Papachristopoulos posted a .951 save percentage and allowed just three goals in two games as the Polar Bears went 1-0-1, defeating 14th-ranked New England College, 6-1, and tying St. Anselm, 2-2. The junior made 25 saves against NEC and followed it up with 33 stops, including three in overtime, against St. Anselm.