Buitenhuis, MacDonald, Rodericks Earn AHCA Honors

Buitenhuis, MacDonald, Rodericks Earn AHCA Honors

Courtesy of Colby, Connecticut College and Hamilton Sports Information

HADLEY, Mass. – A pair of goalies represented the NESCAC on the CCM/American Hockey Coaches Association All-America Team as announced by the organization. Connecticut College sophomore Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) and Hamilton senior Evan Buitenhuis (Burlington, Ontario) were named to the Second and Third Teams, respectively.

Additionally, Colby head coach Blaise MacDonald was tabbed as the Edward Jeremiah Award winner as the NCAA Division III Coach of the Year by the AHCA.

2017-18 AHCA Division III Men's All-America Team
2017-18 AHCA Division III Coach of the Year

Rodericks is the first player in program history to earn All-America honors. He was also the first Camel to be named the NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Player of the Year. Rodericks finished the 2017-18 campaign with a .937 save percentage and a 2.16 goals against average to go along with three shutouts. He also racked up 620 saves, which included turning away a career-high 50 shots in a 2-2 draw at Hamilton on February 10.

Connecticut College finished second in the NESCAC standings, marking its highest finish in program history.

Buitenhuis earns his second straight All-America accolade after earning First Team honors last year. He was also honored with the AHCA's Sid Watson Award as the NCAA Division III Men's Player of the Year last season.

Buitenhuis led Division III and set program single-season records with a 1.28 goals against average and .954 save percentage in more than 796 minutes in net. He tied for second with four shutouts despite making just 14 starts due to an injury that kept him out of the lineup for most of January. Buitenhuis was named to the All-NESCAC team, and ended his collegiate career as the Continentals' all-time leader in goals against average (1.67) and save percentage (.944) in 67 starts and more than 4,000 minutes. His 1,901 career saves are good for fourth on the program's all-time list, and he posted a 39-16-12 record with 10 shutouts.

Buitenhuis was 8-3-3 in goal this season and helped lead Hamilton to a 15-7-3 record. The Continentals tied for third place in the conference standings with a 9-6-3 record and they hosted a NESCAC Quarterfinal game for the third straight year.

MacDonald, who led the Colby men's ice hockey team to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four, guided the Mules through a memorable playoff run. Colby won its first NESCAC Championship with a victory at Trinity. The Mules defeated the University of New England in the NCAA First Round and SUNY Geneso in the NCAA Quarterfinals, but fell to St. Norbert in the national semifinals.

MacDonald, who came to Colby in 2012, is a veteran of winning teams, including Niagara University and the UMass Lowell. He is Colby's 18th head coach since the hockey program launched in 1922-23, and he holds the title of Jack Kelley Head Coach for Colby Men's Hockey, named in honor of another legendary coach who led the team to tremendous success.