MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After recording his first career shutout victory for the Wesleyan University men's ice hockey team on Saturday afternoon during a 3-0 triumph over Little Three-rival Williams, sophomore goalie Tim Sestak earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors for the first time in his collegiate career, as announced by the league on Monday.
Sestak, who hails from Darien, Conn., has been sensational all year long in net, boasting a 7-3-4 record with a .932 save percentage, a 1.95 goals-against average and a .643 winning percentage. He ranks No. 3 in the NESCAC in save percentage, and sits in a tie for the third slot in winning percentage.
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During a 2-0 effort this past weekend from the Cardinals (11-5-4, 7-4-3 NESCAC), Sestak turned away 37-of-38 shots. The sophomore standout turned away all 21 shots against the Ephs on Saturday at the Spurrier-Snyder Rink, as he allowed the Cardinals to remain in the third slot in the conference standings with four regular-season games remaining.
During a 3-1 win over Middlebury on Friday evening in Middletown, Conn., Sestak denied 16-of-17 shots, as Wesleyan has its focus set on earning home-ice advantage in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament. In order to earn the honor, Wesleyan will have to finish in the top-four.
Sestak has been a consistent presence in net during his first season for the Cardinals, as he transferred to the institution after suiting up during his freshman campaign for Hobart in Geneva, N.Y. He has two shutouts on the season so far, slamming the door shut during a 0-0 draw against Little Three-foe Amherst on Jan. 27, which was the program's first 0-0 tie since Feb. 2, 2013.
During the 2017-18 year, he has turned away 30 or more shots five times. He turned away a season-high 45 attempts during a 5-3 win against then-No. 8 ranked Hamilton on Dec. 3, and then made 42 saves during a 5-1 victory over Colby on Jan. 13.
Wesleyan will be back in action on Saturday with puck drop set for 7 p.m. against Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine.