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men's ice hockey 2019-20 season preview

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men’s hockey team enters the 2019-20 campaign on the heels of its best season in program history. Last year, the Cardinals broke the NESCAC record for longest unbeaten streak (13-0-2) and tallied a program-best 16 wins, while earning their highest seeding ever in the conference tournament (second). The team grabbed national attention, ranking as high as No. 10 in the country for several weeks. Collectively, the team had two All-Americans, three NEHWA DII/DIII All-Stars, three All-NESCAC selections and one NESCAC Player of the Year. Additionally, head coach Chris Potter was tabbed the Coach of the Year for the NESCAC and the NEHWA.

thoughts from head coach chris potter

Our senior class has had increasing success throughout the past three years here. I know that they are hungry to build on what we had last season, leaving everything on the ice in their final year. There is a lot of experience on our team and we will rely on that as we welcome a talented group of incoming freshmen.

key returners

#10 walker harris

Photo by: Jonas Powell '18

Entering his senior year, Harris had a breakout junior campaign. He guided Wesleyan’s offense last season with a conference-leading 31 points, 19 goals and five game-winning tallies. Harris scored at least one point in 21 contests, with a season-high four points against Anna Maria. He was tied for second on the team in assists with 12. Harris earned All-NESCAC First Team honors, was tabbed an All-American Third Team selection and was named a NEHWA DII/DIII All-Star. He was also among 25 players named a semifinalist for the prestigious Joe Concannon Award.

#14 spencer fox

Photo by: Jonas Powell '18

Fox was a part of a productive offense last year, accounting for 19 points. He tallied seven goals and recorded 12 assists, while notching a game-winner against Tufts in regular-season action.

#18 tyler wyatt

Photo by: Jonas Powell '18

Wyatt finished the 2018-19 campaign leading the Cardinals with 13 assists, while also recording seven goals. His 20 points were second for Wesleyan.

#19 tyler levine

Photo by: Jonas Powell '18

Following a great rookie season, Levine returns for his sophomore year. He was a major contributor from day one, ranking third on the team in points with 19. He scored eight goals and 11 assists during his rookie campaign, including game-winners against Williams and Bowdoin.

#38 tim sestak

Photo by: Jonas Powell '18

Goaltender Sestak had a phenomenal junior season last year. He led the NESCAC 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, he recorded the most saves in a single game in tournament history with 65, after tallying his 1,000th career-save earlier in the season. He capped off the year being tabbed an All-American Second Team selection, earning NESCAC Player of the Year, NEHWA Division II/III All-Star laurels, while also being tabbed one of six finalists for the prestigious Joe Concannon Award.

newcomers

The team is excited to welcome 10 first-year players for the 2019-20 campaign. The group is made up of five defenders, four forwards and one goaltender. Hailing from as far as Canada and as close as Connecticut, the group of 10 are expected to make an immediate impact in their first year.

the coaching staff

Head coach Chris Potter enters his 17th season at the helm of the Wesleyan men's ice hockey program, coming off his best season just a year ago. He led two players to All-American status, while being tabbed NEHWA & NESCAC Coach of the Year. He is excited to welcome assistant coach David Lun back for his third season with the Cardinals.