Wesleyan’s Buehler Named Player of the Year
HADLEY, Mass. – Wesleyan junior forward Keith Buehler has been selected by the conference coaches as the 2013 NESCAC Player of the Year. Buehler led the NESCAC in points and goals, with 40 points coming from 20 goals and 20 assists. Appearing in 74 games and racking up 86 points on 41 goals and 45 assists in three seasons, Buehler is the only All-NESCAC selection from a year ago to earn First Team honors in 2013. Buehler was a Second Team pick in 2012 after a 26 point performance in his sophomore campaign.
Buehler opened the year with scoring a point in the first 11 contests and finished the year with at least one point in 20 games. He also had three hat tricks this season against conference opponents, including three goals and three assists in a 6-5 overtime win at Bowdoin on January 11. Buehler is the first Cardinal to be named Player of the Year.
Wesleyan senior Nick Craven joined Buehler on the First Team, earning his first All-NESCAC recognition. Craven was second among NESCAC point scorers, with 16 goals and 17 assists totaling 33 points, and tied for first with seven power play goals. Craven had a streak of 15 games during the season when he had at least one point in each game.
Bowdoin placed two skaters on the All-Conference First Team for the third year in a row as senior Daniel Weiniger earned his second recognition on the First Team. He was a 2011 First Team pick, after earning 2010 Rookie of the Year honors. The forward had a team-leading 16 goals to go along with 10 assists heading into the NESCAC championship semifinals. He has three power play and three game-winning goals to his credit, helping the Bowdoin offense to a league best 110 goals scored and averaging 4.40 per game.
Bowdoin senior defender Timothy McGarry has helped the Polar Bears on the other end of the ice, as Bowdoin takes a 13-3-2 league mark into the NESCAC semifinals. McGarry is fourth in scoring among NESCAC defensemen, with 17 points off of five goals and 12 assists.
Also at defense on the First Team is Amherst’s Brandon Hew. The senior added a goal and six assists while helping the Jeffs to the second best scoring defense in the league, with 52 goals allowed this year.
Rounding out the All-Conference First Team is junior Ben Coulthard of Trinity. Through 21 appearances, Coulthard has posted a .936 save percentage to lead NESCAC netminders, while his 2.24 goals against average ranks fourth in the league. He also posted three shutouts this season.
First year forward Matt Silcoff of Middlebury earned Rookie of the Year. Silcoff has enjoyed an impressive debut season, tying for the team-lead with 23 points on 11 goals and 12 assists. He leads NESCAC first year players with .96 points per game this season, with 15 multiple-point games. Silcoff scored twice in a game three times this season, while adding an assist for a three-point effort in a February 15 win at Hamilton. He is the third Panther to collect Rookie of the Year honors.
Matt Greason of Trinity was the choice among his peers, garnering NESCAC Coach of the Year. In his second season at the helm, Greason has guided the Bantams to their first appearance in the NESCAC Semifinals since 2009-10. A former ice hockey and golf standout at Trinity, Greason was an All-NESCAC selection in both sports.
Men's Ice Hockey All-Conference Teams