MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The postseason accolades keep coming for the Wesleyan men's ice hockey program, as head coach Chris Potter was tabbed the 2019 Coach of the Year by the New England Hockey Writers Association (NEHWA), while Walker Harris, Chad Malinowski and Tim Sestak were all named NEHWA Division II/III All-Stars. NEHWA will recognize 20 individuals from the region's 40 NCAA Division II/III programs when it hosts its annual dinner on April 17th. The Cardinals tied the University of New England with the most honorees on the list.
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Potter adds NEHWA Coach of the Year to his resume after earning NESCAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career. He guided the Cardinals to a 13-3-2 regular season conference mark, while establishing a new NESCAC record for longest unbeaten streak (13-0-2). En route to earning the team's highest seed in tournament history (second), Potter led Wesleyan to a program-high 16 wins during the 2018-19 campaign.
Goaltender Sestak adds NEHWA Division II/III All-Star laurels to his growing list of accolades this year. He was previously named to the All-American Second Team and was tabbed NESCAC Player of the Year for his phenomenal performance during the 2018-19 campaign. Sestak led the conference in save percentage (.946), while ranking second in goals against average (1.65) and finished the season ranked third in DII/DIII in save percentage and shutouts (seven). During the NESCAC Championships, Sestak recorded the most saves in a single game in tournament history with 65 after tallying his 1,000th career-save on January 26th. Sestak was also tabbed one of six finalists for the 19th Joe Concannon Award, which is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England at the Division II/III level.
In addition to being named a NEHWA Division II/III All-Star, Harris also earned All-American Third Team laurels and All-NESCAC First Team to his list of honors. He guided the Cardinal offense this year with a conference-leading 31 points, 19 goals and five game-winning goals. Harris scored at least one point in 21 contests, with a season-high four points against Anna Maria. Along with Sestak, Harris was among 25 players named a semifinalist for the 19th Joe Concannon Award.
Defender Malinowski was also named a NEHWA Division II/III All-Star, in addition to being named an All-NESCAC Second Team honoree for the third-straight year. Malinowski was an anchor on defense as the Cardinals were ranked seventh in the nation in defense, while boasting three goals and 11 assists. In addition to Harris and Sestak, Malinowski was also among 25 semifinalists for the 19th Joe Concannon Award.