MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Goaltender Tim Sestak was named the NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Player of the Year, and Wesleyan head coach Chris Potter was tabbed Coach of the Year, as voted on by the league's coaches and announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Additionally, Sestak and Walker Harris were both named All-NESCAC First team honorees and Chad Malinowski was selected to the Second Team.
Potter earned his honors after guiding the Cardinals to a 13-3-2 NESCAC regular season mark, while establishing a new conference record for longest unbeaten streak (13-0-2) during the regular season. En route to earning the team's highest seed in the championship tournament (second), Potter led his team to a program-high 15 wins in the regular season. This is the third-straight tournament appearance for Wesleyan and 12th overall. The team also garnered national attention this season, ranking as high as No. 10. This marks the third time Potter has been named NESCAC Coach of the Year, previously being honored in 2004 and 2007.
Sestak earned the NESCAC Player of the Year award following his phenomenal performance in goal for the Cardinals. He leads the conference in save percentage (.946), while ranking second in goals against average (1.65). Sestak was tabbed NESCAC Player of the Week three times over a four-week span, and currently ranks third in DII/DIII in save percentage and second in shutouts (seven). He is the third consecutive goaltender to garner the league's top-award and the second Wesleyan player to earn the accolade, joining Keith Beuhler (2013).
Harris, the 2017 Rookie of the Year, adds First Team All-NESCAC honors to his list of accolades. He leads the conference in points (31), goal-scoring (19), game-winning goals (five) and is second on the team in assists (12).
Malinowski is a three-time All-NESCAC honoree, being named to the Second Team for the third-straight year. He has three goals and 11 assists, as Wesleyan is ranked seventh nationally in team defense, allowing 1.88 goals per game.