Glenn Stowell '13 is Classic MVP & NESCAC POW, Nik Tasiopoulos '14 All-Tourney as Men's Ice Hockey Captures SMC Classic Crown
Glenn Stowell '13 (#31, main photo) turned aside all 26 shots he faced Sat., Dec. 31 vs. Salve Regina as the Cardinals powered past the Seahawks, 5-0, in the team's second game of the St. Michael's Holiday Classic. Combined with Wesleyan's 3-2 victory over Becker the evening before, and Becker's 3-3 tie with host St. Mike's in the final game of the Classic, Wesleyan secured the team title and Stowell was chosen Classic MVP. He also picked up NESCAC Player of the Week honors for his effort. Nik Tasiopoulos '14 (#24, photo insert lower right) picked up a goal and an assist vs. both Salve and Becker, giving him two goals and two assists for four points in the Classic, and was named to the all-tournament team.
For Stowell, he shutout was his first career goose egg in his 25th career start and raised his seasonal record to 4-1 as Wesleyan won its fourth game in a row this season, upping the team's record to 7-3. Stowell now has a 1.79 goals-against average and .949 save percentage on the year, which rank him fifth and first nationally in Division III through games of Jan. 1. The four-game win streak matches the accomplishment of the 2006-07 Cardinals, the last squad to take four in a row during its eight-game (6-0-2) mid-season unbeaten streak. Wesleyan has tied the school record for most wins through the opening 10 games, equaling the 7-3 start of the 1972-73 squad.
Nick Craven '13 netted what proved to be the game-winner vs. Salve, scoring just 4:01 into the contest. Wesleyan made it 2-0 when Tasiopoulos netted his team-leading 10th goal at 10:26. The Cardinals put home a trio of goals in the second frame with Keith Buehler '14, Adam Kaiser '13 and Derek Collins '14 doing the honors. Tom Salah '13 had a three-point game, assisting on the opening three goals while Tasiopoulos, Craven (1-1-2) and Chris MacDonald '13 (0-2-2) all had two-point games.
Wesleyan returns to NESCAC play for its next games, traveling to Middlebury Fri., Jan. 6 and Williams Sat., Jan. 7. The last time Wesleyan visited Middlebury, the Cardinals came away with a 4-3 overtime victory Jan. 15, 2011.