2005-06 Men's Ice Hockey Players of the Week

March 6, 2006
Jeff Smith, Middlebury
(Senior, Defenseman - Nepean, Ont.)
Smith was instrumental in the Panthers capturing their sixth NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship with a pair of victories over the weekend at Kenyon Arena. The senior captain led a Middlebury defense that allowed just three goals in two games, including holding Bowdoin, the league’s second-best offense, to just nine shots in the championship game. Middlebury lowered its nation-leading defense to a mere 1.55 goals per game.

February 27, 2006
Gus Katsuras, Hamilton
(Senior, Forward - Toronto, Ont.)
Katsuras tallied three goals and added an assist to help lead the Continentals to a 9-5 victory over Williams in the quarterfinals of the 2006 NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Saturday evening. He netted the hat trick during Hamilton’s six-goal second period, one marker coming while the Continentals were shorthanded. Katsuras, who is currently fourth in the NESCAC in scoring with 17-20-37, ranks fourth all-time at Hamilton in goals scored with 77.

February 20, 2006
George Papachristopoulos, Bowdoin
(Senior, Goaltender - Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que.)
Papachristopoulous became the first NESCAC goaltender this season to post back-to- back shutouts during a weekend series, blanking nationally-ranked Norwich on Friday with 41 saves before turning aside 21 attempts against St. Michael’s on Saturday. In the pro-cess, Papachristopoulous became the single-season record holder at Bowdoin with five shutouts this year. He has not allowed a goal in his last 137:48 between the pipes.

February 13, 2006
Simon Dionne, Trinity
(Junior, Forward - Montreal, Que.)
Dionne had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 victory over Bowdoin on Friday evening, followed by two assists, including the first assist on the game-winning goal, in a 4-2 win over Colby on Saturday. Friday’s goal against the Polar Bears was only the second marker of the season for Dionne (2-17-19). The pair of victories secured the Bantams a spot in the upcoming NESCAC playoffs, along with keeping their hopes alive for hosting a quarterfinal match.

February 6, 2006
T.J. Kelley, Colby
(Sophomore, Forward - Ridgefield, Conn.)
Kelley helped his squad stay in the hunt for home ice in the first round, as he tallied three goals and added in two assists during a 2-0 weekend for the Mules. Kelley garnered a goal and an assist during Friday’s 5-1 victory over Hamilton before netting two goals and an assist on Saturday afternoon against Amherst, another 5-1 win. In both outings, Kelley scored the third goal of the game for Colby, allowing the Mules to pull away from tight 2-1 leads. Kelley leads the NESCAC in scoring (13-20-33).

January 30, 2006
Brandon Jackmuff, Williams
(Sophomore, Forward - Woodbury, N.J.)
Jackmuff netted three goals, two of which were game-winners, during a 2-0 weekend for the Ephs on the road. Friday at Wesleyan, Jackmuff potted the decisive goal midway through the second period to put Williams back in the lead en route to a 2-1 victory. He tallied two markers on Saturday at Trinity, a power-play score in the second that put Williams on top followed by a shorthanded goal to open the third, which also proved to be the game-winner. Jackmuff is currently tied for the lead on the Williams squad with 11 goals (11-4-5) and has registered at least a point in each of his last six games.

January 23, 2006
Matt McCarthy, Tufts
(Senior, Forward - Medfield, Mass.)
McCarthy helped keep the Jumbos rolling, tallying six goals and adding in an assist during a 2-0-1 week. McCarthy started off the week with two goals and an assist Tuesday evening against Suffolk, followed by tallying the game-tying goal midway through the third period at Bowdoin on Friday. He wrapped up the week with a hat trick, including a shorthanded marker, in a 7-5 victory at Colby on Saturday. The Jumbos are now 7-1-1 in their last nine.

January 16, 2006
Mickey Gilchrist, Middlebury
(Sophomore, Forward - Ottawa, Ont.)
Gilchrist scored five goals and assisted on another as Middlebury earned three important NESCAC victories last week over squads nipping at the Panthers’ heels. Down 2-0 on Tuesday at Williams, Gilchrist sparked the Middlebury comeback with his first goal of the game midway through the second period and later adding an insurance marker during the four-goal third period for the Panthers for a 5-2 victory. He added two more goals Friday against Colby, and capped off the week with a goal and an assist against Bowdoin on Saturday.

January 9, 2006
Ben Grandjean, Colby
(Junior, Goaltender - Waterford, Conn.)
Grandjean went 3-0 on the week with a .931 save percentage. He made 39 saves, including 30 in the final two periods, to help the Mules take a 3-2 road victory at Curry. He followed up the feat with 24 saves in a 4-2 victory over nationally-ranked New England College. Grandjean finished the week by stopping 32 attempts, including 14 in the third period, in a 4-3 win over St. Anselm, which entered the game with an 8-1-1 record. On the season, Grandjean is 5-0-0 and boasts a .924 save percentage.

January 3, 2006
Doug Raeder, Middlebury
(Freshman, Goaltender - Needham, Mass.)
The rookie netminder saved 47 of 49 shots through two games over the weekend, leading the Panthers to a pair of wins in the Middlebury College Holiday Classic. Raeder was named Tournament MVP after making 27 saves against Babson in a 6-1 victory on Saturday and stopping 20 attempts in a 4-1 decision over Amherst on Sunday. Through six games this season, Raeder is 5-0-1 with a 1.64 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.

December 12, 2005
Jon Landry, Bowdoin
(Senior, Defenseman - Montreal, Que.)
Landry was a driving force for the Polar Bears on the blue line during a home-and-home series against Colby over the weekend. In Friday night’s game in Waterville, Landry posted two assists, including an assist on the game-winner for a 3-2 victory. Landry followed it up with a phenomenal three-goal, one-assist showing in Saturday’s dramatic 7-6 win over the Mules. Landry, who earned the Pete Schuh Memorial Award as the MVP of the Bowdoin-Colby game played in Brunswick, is currently fourth in scoring in the NESCAC this season (4-10-14).

December 5, 2005
Adam Dann, Bowdoin
(Senior, Forward - Burlington, Vt.)
The senior captain Dann scored four goals and added in an assist in two victories over the weekend for the Polar Bears. Dann scored the game's first goal in a shutout victory over Skidmore on Friday (5-0) before adding the game-tying goal and assist on the goal-ahead tally in Saturday's win over Castleton State (6-2). Three of Dann's four goals over the weekend came on the power-play, as the Polar Bears currently boast the nation's best man-advantage unit at 37.2 percent.

November 28, 2005
Rylan Burns, Amherst

(Freshman, Defenseman - Mill Bay, B.C.)
Burns picked up his first points as a Jeff over the weekend, helping his team to the Spurrier Tournament title at Wesleyan. Burns posted a pair of goals and added in an assist in Saturday's 7-4 victory over Connecticut College, followed by tallying the game-winning goal in overtime for a 3-2 decision over Wesleyan.

November 21, 2005
Evgeny Saidachev, Middlebury
(Junior, Forward - Gig Harbor, Wash.)
Saidachev tallied four goals and assisted on two others as Middlebury opened its season with a pair of wins over Tufts on Friday and Connecticut College on Saturday, both victories coming on the road. The junior had two goals and one assist in each outing.