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California Rubber NCAA Men’s Players of the Year Troy Loggins, Northern Michigan & Patrick Newell, St. Cloud State

By Chris Bayee

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seasons combined. His 47 points tied for the fourth most and his plus-35 rating led D-I through the end of March. As a result, he captured a trio of NCHC honors – Forward of the Year, First Team All-NCHC and the Sportsmanship Award – and he was selected one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. He finished his college career with 120 points in 145 games. Loggins and Newell headline a very strong group of players on this season’s All-California NCAA Men’s Team.

f you like offense, Troy Loggins and Patrick Newell are your guys. Both seniors are elite skaters and gifted at shooting and distributing the puck, but they took different paths to becoming California Rubber Magazine’s 2018-19 NCAA Men’s Players of the Year. Loggins, a dynamo for Northern Michigan, is a repeat winner, having shared the award with former Notre Dame forward Andrew Oglevie last season. Newell Meet the rest of the team emerged from a supporting role on a FORWARDS talented St. Cloud State team. Both gained Cole Guttman, Denver – The Tampa national and conference recognition for Bay Lightning pick was the top-line center their impressive campaigns. for a Frozen Four team from Day 1 as a The Huntington Beach native scored 23 Troy Loggins played four years freshman, had 23 points in 40 games and goals, the second most in Division I through at Northern Michigan and re- his 12 goals were third on the Pioneers. the end of March and finished with 40 cently signed a free-agent deal Five of his strikes were first goals. with the AHL’s Grand Rapids points. He tied for the D-I leads in power- Griffins. Photo/NMU Athleticss Jake Hamacher, RIT – The sophomore play goals (10) and shorthanded goals went from eight points to 30 (third on the (three). He was selected the WCHA’s Tigers) and pumped in 13 goals, including Player of the Year and signed a three-year three winners. contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins of Brendan Harris, Bemidji State – The the American Hockey League. fleet sophomore often was the Beavers’ Loggins finished his career with 106 top-line center and scored 18 points. points in 136 games, but 87 of those points Niko Hildenbrand, UMass – The came in the last two seasons (82 games), junior wore a ‘C’ for a Frozen Four team and as did eight of his nine game-winning goals, pitched in 14 points. 19 of his 22 power-play goals, all eight Robby Jackson, St. Cloud State – shorthanded goals and all eight empty-net The senior hit the 40-point plateau for the goals. It’s no surprise that he was a twosecond season in a row while pumping in time All-WCHA pick. a career-high 19 goals. He played 149 Newell, a Thousand Oaks product, has Patrick Newell broke out offen- NCAA games and finished with 121 sively for St. Cloud State this been a model of consistency at St. Cloud season and led the Huskies points. State, increasing his point totals from 22 to back to the NCAA Tournament. Will Johnson, Wisconsin – Cast in a 24 to 27 over his first three seasons with the Photo/SCSU Athletics defensive role this season, he still had 15 Huskies. Then this season happened. points and was plus-14. He played 143 Newell, who signed a free-agent contract with the career games. New York Rangers, erupted for 47 points and 21 goals, Brannon McManus, Minnesota – The sophomore which were four more than he had during his first three recovered from offseason shoulder surgery to post 26

points, including 14 goals. Six of those came on the power play and three were game-winners. Nick Rivera, Minnesota State – The junior improved his scoring total for the third season in a row, tallying 10 goals among his 19 points and finishing plus-12. Jake Slaker, Michigan – Another assistant captain, the junior topped 20 points for the third consecutive season, posting 25 (including 11 goals). Ryan Siroky, Miami – The senior was a fixture on both RedHawks special teams units and scored a career-high eight goals. He finishes his NCAA career having played in 135 games. DEFENSEMEN Slava Demin, Denver – The freshman, a Vegas Golden Knights pick, played in every game for a Frozen Four team, putting up 17 points through 40 games and posting a team-best plus-20 on a low-scoring team. Nate Kallen, Ferris State – An assistant captain, the junior scored as many points this season (24) as he had his first two seasons combined. Alec McCrea, Cornell – Another assistant captain, the senior scored 12 points to finish in double digits all four seasons, blocked 74 shots and played in 137 career games. Matt O’Donnell, Vermont – The junior was a tricaptain for the Catamounts and put up 13 points, his third season in a row in double figures. Jack St. Ivany, Yale – The Philadelphia Flyers pick put together an impressive freshman season with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) and finished plus-8. GOALTENDERS Devin Cooley, Denver – The sophomore went from third-string goalie to sharing the starting job on a Frozen Four team. He was 11-6-2 with a .934 save percentage and an unreal 1.85 goals-against average to go with four shutouts. Gavin Nieto, Brown – The junior won more games (11) than he had in his first two seasons combined. His .909 save percentage and 2.38 GAA were career-bests and he added two shutouts.

NCAA Women’s Player of the Year: Wisconsin senior Annie Pankowski

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nnie Pankowski would not be denied. points and was a three-time finalist for the Patty The Wisconsin senior came up empty on three Kazmaier Memorial Award. She was also a finalist for previous trips to the Frozen Four, but she ensured the Hockey Humanitarian Award. she’d finish her career carrying a championship banner. And her playing career isn’t finished. She and Pankowski, who earlier in March became just another All-California pick, defenseman Cayla Barnes, the sixth player in Badgers history played for Team USA at the Women’s to surpass 200 career points, World Championships in early April in captained Wisconsin to its first Finland. NCAA title since 2011 with a stirring performance down the season’s Meet the rest of the team stretch. FORWARDS For her efforts, she is California Brooke Bryant, Minnesota State Rubber Magazine’s Women’s Player – The freshman led the Mavericks in of the Year for the fourth time in five goals (11) and was second in points seasons. (20) while playing in all 35 games. She redshirted last season Nicole Dunbar, New Hampshire while playing for the U.S. Women’s Annie Pankowski finished her NCAA ca- – The junior’s 13 points gave her National Team. reer at Wisconsin with a national cham- three consecutive seasons in double Pankowski, a Laguna Hills native, pionship and over 200 career points. figures. She’s also a power-play saved her best for last. She scored Photo/UW Athletics threat. 11 of her 28 goals in March, when the Badgers tore Kayla Nielsen, St. Lawrence – Another durable through the WCHA and the NCAA. Her 21 career senior (139 career games), her 15 points were just postseason goals – including three in this year’s off her career high and she won 57 percent of her Frozen Four – are a Wisconsin record. faceoffs. Pankowski closed her Badgers career with 206 Dominique Petrie, Harvard – Her 15 points,

including nine goals, came in just 22 games due to her commitments with USA Hockey. Justine Reyes, St. Lawrence – She led the Saints in scoring for the second season in a row (26 points) and finished her career having amassed 107 points and playing in all 144 games. Fourteen of her 52 goals were game-winners. DEFENSEMEN Cayla Barnes, Boston College – Her freshman season delayed one year because of the 2018 Olympic Games, Barnes was an impact player with 23 points and a team-high 74 blocked shots. Tanner Gates, Colgate – The freshman was a key cog in the Raiders’ power play, netting five goals there, among her 22 points. She also blocked 33 shots. Lydia Grauer, St. Lawrence – The every-situation standout finished her career playing in all 144 games. Three of her four goals came on the power play and her 51 blocks were second on the Saints. Gabby Monaco, St. Anselm – The sophomore, who also plays forward, went from two points to 25 and was a plus-39. - Chris Bayee CARubberHockey.com

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