Trinity's Brewer Named Player of the Year
HADLEY, Mass. – Trinity junior forward Jackson Brewer (Newton, Mass.) has been selected by the conference coaches as the 2014 NESCAC Player of the Year. Brewer paces the NESCAC with 56 points and 42 assists, and is tied for ninth with 14 goals as he helped the Bantams earn the No. 1 seed in the league tournament for the first time since 2005 after posting a 15-3-0 record. Earning his first All-NESCAC selection, Brewer becomes the first Trinity player to receive Player of the Year accolades.
Brewer has been the spark plug for the league’s top offense that is averaging 4.68 goals per game. He has recorded at least two points in 15 games this season, and four or more assists against conference opponents four times. His top performance this season came when he tallied six assists against Wesleyan in a 9-1 quarterfinal victory.
Brewer was also joined on the All-NESCAC First Team by teammates Michael Hawkrigg (Toronto, Ontario) and Ryan Cole (Anchorage, Alaska), who each received all-conference recognition for the first time. Hawkrigg, a sophomore, leads all NESCAC players with 22 goals, and sits in second with 52 points. He and Brewer also top the league with 23 power-play points. Hawkrigg has posted 17 mulit-point games this season, including a six-point showing on two goals and four assists in Trinity’s quarterfinal win. Cole ranks third among conference skaters with 47 points on 18 goals and 29 assists, and has posted the third-highest power-play point total (21). He has registered 16 multi-point games so far this season. The first-year skater was also chosen as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year by the league coaches, marking the first time a Bantam has earned the award.
On the blue line, Middlebury senior Louis Belisle (Repentigny, Quebec) and Trinity junior Michael Flynn (Cheshire, Conn.) headline the list as first-time All-NESCAC selections. Belisle scored a team-high 19 goals this season, which is good for fourth in the league, and paces the conference with 12 power-play goals. He is second in scoring among league defensemen with 25 points. Belisle also ranks second in the NESCAC with five game-winning goals, including the game-winner in overtime against Williams on February 15 and the game-winning marker against Hamilton in the regular-season finale to clinch a home quarterfinal game for the Panthers. Flynn led all conference defensemen with 28 points on seven goals and 21 assists, which ranks fifth among all NESCAC players. He also plays a key role in the Trinity power-play unit which has converted 31.2 percent of its extra skater opportunities, and has helped the Bantam defense allow 2.44 goals per game.
Rounding out the All-Conference First Team is junior Sean Dougherty (Smithtown, N.Y.) of Williams. Through 24 appearances, Dougherty boasts a league-best .938 save percentage and a meager 1.77 goals against average. The Second Team selection from a year ago also posted two shutouts this season. Dougherty’s best performance of the season came during last week’s NESCAC quarterfinal victory against Colby, when he recorded 47 saves in a 7-3 decision.
Jim Ward of Connecticut College was selected by his peers to receive NESCAC Coach of the Year. In his 11th season at the helm, Ward guided the Camels to their first NESCAC quarterfinal appearance since 2009. This is the first time Ward has garnered the accolade, and marks the first time a Connecticut College men’s ice hockey coach has earned the award.
Men's Ice Hockey All-Conference Teams