March 7 - Steve Messina, Bowdoin (Freshman, Goaltender - Newton, N.J.)
Messina backstopped the Polar Bears to their first-ever NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship at Williams over the weekend, turning aside 70 shots over two victories for a .958 save percentage. On Saturday against rival Colby, Messina made 23 saves in a 3-1 victory, as he stopped 12 shots while allowing no goals in a critical third-period performance. He followed on Sunday with a career-high 47 saves, including 19 in the first frame, in a 5-2 win over Williams. For the 2011 NESCAC tournament, Messina posted a .943 save percentage (101-107).
February 28 - Co-Players of the Week
Colin Downey, Bowdoin (Freshman, Forward - East Sandwich, Mass.)
Downey assisted on two goals before scoring the game-winner in overtime to help the Polar Bears earn a 4-3 win at Amherst in the quarterfinals of the 2011 NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. Downey assisted on a pair of power-play markers in the second period, then scored the decisive goal with 1:31 left in overtime. The goal was his 10th of the season.
Matt Hadge, Wesleyan (Sophomore, Goaltender - Canton, Mass.)
Hadge recorded 33 saves, including 21 in the third period, as he posted a .943 save percentage in the Cardinals’ 5-2 win at top-seeded Hamilton on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. After allowing a power-play goal just 1:23 into the game, Hadge held the Continentals scoreless for nearly 50 minutes as Wesleyan built a 3-1 lead.
February 21 - Michael DiMare, Hamilton (Freshman, Forward - Medford, Mass.)
DiMare tallied four times over two road wins to help his Continentals secure the number-one seed in the upcoming NESCAC Men’s Ice Hockey Championship for the first time in tournament history. On Friday at UMass Boston, DiMare scored the first goal of the game before accounting for the game-winner at 4:47 of the third period in a 5-4 victory. He followed on Saturday with the first two goals of the game, including the eventual game-winner, in a 3-1 decision at Babson.
February 14 - Co-Players of the Week
Matt Rhone, Amherst (Senior, Forward - Dedham, Mass.)
Rhone had five points on two goals and three assists during a 2-0-0 road weekend which lifted the Lord Jeffs into fourth place in the NESCAC. On Friday at New England Col., Rhone broke a 3-3 tie with 6:11 to play in the game with a short-handed, unassisted goal that stood up as the game-winner. The next day, Rhone had a hand in all four Amherst goals, scoring once and assisting on three others in a 4-0 win at St. Anselm.
Wesley Vesprini, Trinity (Senior, Goaltender - Lexington, Mass.)
Vesprini backboned the Bantams to back-to-back wins and extended his team’s winning streak to five during a road trip to Maine over the weekend. On Friday evening, Vesprini made 41 saves, including 16 in the decisive third period, as Trinity earned a 4-2 win over Bowdoin. He followed on Saturday with 31 more stops in a 3-1 victory at Colby. For the weekend, Vesprini made 72 saves and had a .960 save percentage.
February 7 - Tom McGinn, Colby (Junior, Defenseman - St. Albans, Vt.)
McGinn scored two goals and assisted on another in helping the Mules post a 1-0-1 showing on the road in NESCAC play this past weekend. Down 4-2 in the third period on Friday evening at Hamilton, McGinn sparked a Colby rally with a goal at 3:52 of the period as his team skated to an eventual 4-4 tie. Saturday afternoon at Amherst, McGinn tallied to put the Mules up 1-0, then assisted on the game-tying goal to make it 2-2 before Colby went on to a 3-2 victory. McGinn has seven goals and an assist in the Mules current 6-1-1 streak.
January 31 - John Yanchek, Middlebury (Junior, Goaltender - Hillsborough, N.J.)
Yanchek led the Panthers to a pair of key NESCAC road victories against two of the top three offenses in the conference over the weekend, stopping 56 shots on 59 attempts for a .949 save percentage. After turning aside 25 shots in a 4-1 win at Colby on Friday, Yanchek made a season-high 31 saves and held league-leading Bowdoin to two power-play goals in a 4-2 victory on Saturday. Yanchek is second in the NESCAC in goals against average at 2.08 over nine games.
January 24 - Matt Hadge, Wesleyan (Sophomore, Goaltender - Canton, Mass. )
Hadge backboned the Cardinals to only their second victory against Norwich in 18 meetings, making 47 saves for a .959 save percentage during his lone appearance over the weekend, a 5-2 win. After turning aside 14 shots in the first period, Hadge made 18 saves in the second as Wesleyan built a 4-0 advantage and never looked back. He finished with 15 saves in the final frame. Hadge leads the NESCAC and is second nationally in save percentage at .943.
January 17 - Joe Houk, Hamilton (Sophomore, Defenseman - Richboro, Pa.)
Houk racked up eight points with four goals and four assists during a 2-0-1 week for the Continentals against NESCAC foes. Houk opened last week with a pair of assists in a 4-4 tie at Amherst on Tuesday. He followed with two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win at Tufts on Friday, then scored another two goals and added an assist in a 4-0 shutout at Connecticut College on Saturday. Houk leads Hamilton and is second among all NESCAC skaters in goals with 11 (11-7-18).
January 10 - Martin Drolet, Middlebury (Junior, Forward - Montreal, Quebec)
Drolet scored twice and assisted on three other goals during a 1-0-2 week for the Panthers. After assisting on a goal in a 3-3 tie with Southern Maine on Tuesday, Drolet scored twice, including the game-tying goal in the third period, in a 3-3 draw at Hamilton on Friday. He followed on Saturday afternoon with two assists in a 4-1 victory at Amherst.
January 4 - Joe Houk, Hamilton (Sophomore, Defenseman - Richboro, Pa.)
Houk earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Oswego St. Hockey Classic last week, scoring two goals and assisting on a third as he helped the Continentals reach the title game. On Thursday, Houk opened the scoring with a power-play goal midway through the first period and added an assist in the third as part of a 5-1 decision over the host Lakers. The victory snapped Oswego’s 25-game home winning streak. On Friday in a 2-1 setback to Hobart, Houk tied the contest at one with his second power-play tally of the weekend. It was his seventh goal of the season.
December 13 - Kyle Shearer-Hardy, Bowdoin (Senior, Defenseman - Montreal, Quebec)
Shearer-Hardy scored three goals to lead the Polar Bears past Maine rival Colby twice during a home-and-home series weekend. On Friday night in Brunswick, Shearer-Hardy spotted his team a 2-0 lead, scoring two goals in the first period as the Polar Bears skated away with a 3-2 victory. On Saturday evening in Waterville, Shearer-Hardy sparked a five-goal rally with a power-play tally early in the second period as Bowdoin overcame a 5-1 deficit to win 6-5.
December 6 - Connor Olvany, Williams (Senior, Forward - Wilmette, Ill.)
Olvany had five points with three goals and two assists in a 2-0-0 week for the Ephs, who remained undefeated at 6-0-1 overall this season. On Friday at the Univ. of New England, Olvany scored two special teams goals, including the game-winner while Williams was short-handed, in a 6-0 victory. He also added in an assist in the win. Olvany followed on Saturday with a goal and an assist in a 7-1 decision at Southern Maine.
November 29 - Tom Derosa, Tufts (Senior, Forward - Charlestown, Mass.)
Derosa played a part in eight of the Jumbos’ 11 goals during a 1-1-1 week, tallying five and assisting on three others. He opened the week with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 setback to Curry on Tuesday, then posted two goals in Saturday’s 3-3 tie with Brockport St. at the Castleton Invitational, including the game-tying goal with 16 seconds remaining in regulation. Derosa closed things out Sunday with two goals and two assists in a 6-3 victory over Becker.
November 22 - Ryan Purdy, Williams (Junior, Goaltender - La Jolla, Calif.)
Purdy backboned the Ephs to back-to-back season-opening wins, stopping 46-of-47 shots (.979) in victories over Connecticut College and Tufts. On Friday evening, Purdy made 24 saves in a 5-1 victory against the Camels. He followed on Saturday afternoon with 22 saves, posting his fourth career shutout as the Ephs skated past the Jumbos 5-0.