Deep Cardinal Men's Hockey Looking for Another Winning Season, Improvement in NESCAC Standings
Coming off a solid 12-11-2 season in 2011-12 which included a 7-9-2 NESCAC record and the #6 seed in the NESCAC tournament, Wesleyan has its sights set on another prosperous campaign in 2012-13. Back are 23 lettermen from a year ago led by team co-captains Keith Buehler '14 (#13, main photo) and Adam Kaiser '13 (#29, photo insert upper right). Buehler finished second on the team in scoring with 25 points on 14 goals and 11 assists and received second-team all-NESCAC honors for his efforts. His three game-winning goals paced the squad. Kaiser had five goals and five assists with three of his tallies coming on the power play.
Wesleyan has both goalies returning for their senior year as Matt Hadge '13 and Glenn Stowell '13 have been consistent performers for the Cardinals over their three seasons. Stowell secured the starting nod a year ago, going 9-6-2 from his 18 starts with a 2.76 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. Hadge, with seven starts, posted a 2.80 goals-against average and .893 save percentage with a 3-5 record. Each has a career goals-against average under 3.00 and a save percentage in excess of .900.
Ten other Cardinals return after seeing action in at least 21 of the team's 25 games last season. Team assistant captains Nick Craven '13 and Chris MacDonald '13 head the group which includes Tommy Hartnett '14, John Guay '13, James Albrecht '15, Brad Improta '14, Ryan White '13, Donald Kleckner '13, Dylan Niehoff '15 and Adam DeSanctis '15. Wesleyan has additional support in returnees William Choi '13, Micah Ehiorobo '13, Casey Fratkin '14, Derek Collins '14 and Jackson Brandstetter '14. Each of these players suited up for at least 10 contests in 2011-12.
Wesleyan has six newcomers joining the squad and Head Coach Chris Potter is pleased with the crew, expecting to see several on the ice in the early going, contributing to the team's success. With 25 skaters on the squad, competition for the 18 slots each game will be keen.
Wesleyan gets the 2012-13 season underway with a critical NESCAC road weekend, facing Conn. College Fri., Nov. 16 and Tufts Sat., Nov. 17. Tufts, which locked up the fourth seed in the NESCAC tournament a year ago, was one of three NESCAC teams to go 2-0 vs. Wesleyan in 2011-12. The others were NESCAC champ Amherst and number-two seed Bowdoin, so Wesleyan will put particular emphasis on games against the Jumbos, Lord Jeffs and Polar Bears to avenge those outcomes. Wesleyan went 1-0-1 vs. Conn. last season and 7-3-2 against the likes of the Camels, Middlebury, Hamilton, Williams, Colby and Trinity. Wesleyan's home opener is a non-conference tilt vs. UMass Dartmouth Tues., Nov. 20.
Wesleyan men's hockey is involved in the Movember movement, which is seeking to raise awareness and funds for men's health issues. Growing a moustache for the month of November is a way to show support for the cause and many Cardinal hockey players are currently sporting the facial hair. As of Nov. 9, the team had raised over $1200 to aid the cause. Please click < here > for further information and to show your support.