MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior forward Dylan Holze and junior captain Chad Malinowski of the Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team were named to the All-NESCAC First and Second Team, respectively, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
Holze becomes the first men's ice hockey player at Wesleyan to earn All-Conference First Team recognition since 2013, when Nick Craven '13 and Keith Buehler '14 earned the accomplishment. Malinowski is making his second consecutive appearance on the Second Team, as he has become one of the top defenders in the conference.
The two standout athletes have powered the Cardinals to a 13-7-5 overall mark and an 8-6-4 record during their regular-season conference slate, as the squad posted its first winning season in the NESCAC since 2006-07.
Holze, who grew up in Lynbrook, N.Y., has been a consistent source of point production for the Cardinals during the 2017-18 season. He leads the NESCAC in goals (16) and points (26), and is tied for second in short-handed goals (two), while ranking No. 12 among all Division III players in the nation in short-handed goals and 21st in goals per game (0.64).
The fourth-year collegiate player has tallied career totals of 29 goals, 27 assists and 56 points, including marks of 25 goals and 21 assists over the last two seasons, with the Cardinals going 26-16-9 overall during that span.
Malinowski has been the complete package as a defenseman for Wesleyan, excelling in the defensive zone, carrying the puck through the neutral zone, and with his excellent shot and passing ability from the point in the offensive zone.
As a captain, he has also been a great leader for the Cardinals, and has contributed with three goals and 11 assists for 14 points. The Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. native is tied for fifth within the NESCAC in scoring by defensemen.
The fifth-seeded Cardinals will be competing in their second consecutive NESCAC semifinals on Saturday, as they will take on sixth-seeded Colby at 1 p.m. in Hartford, Conn. The unit will look to qualify for its first NESCAC Championship game.