Maine Hockey Journal

Hardy and Weiniger earn NESCAC honors

Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey players Kyle Shearer-Hardy (Montreal, Que.) and Daniel Weiniger (Warren, N.J.) have been honored in conference awards handed out by the New England Small College Athletic Conference on Thursday. Shearer-Hardy was named First-Team All-NESCAC while Weiniger netted Rookie of the Year honors.

The duo helped lead the Polar Bears to a first-place finish in the NESCAC regular season standings and hosting rights for this weekend’s NESCAC Championship.

Junior Kyle Shearer-Hardy earned First Team honors for the first time in his career. A member of the 2009 Second Team, Shearer-Hardy not only leads the Polar Bears in offensive production while patrolling the blue line but is also the top scoring defenseman and ranks fifth among all conference skaters with a career-high 27 points (8-19-27). The dynamic defender has excelled at special teams as well this season, notching 11 assists on the power play. Heading into this weekend’s NESCAC tournament, Shearer-Hardy has recorded at least one point in eight of his last nine appearances, scoring four goals and dishing out 10 assists. For his career, Shearer-Hardy has 25 goals, ranking fifth all-time among Bowdoin defenseman.

Rookie of the Year went to Bowdoin first-year forward Daniel Weiniger. The third leading scorer for the Polar Bears despite missing five games to injury, Weiniger has an even 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points, second among NESCAC first year players. The third Bowdoin player to collect NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors, Weiniger’s 11 goals rank fourth all-time among Bowdoin first-years while his 22 points rank among the top-10 showings all-time by a Bowdoin rookie.

Bowdoin will return to action Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. when they face Hamilton College in the NESCAC Semifinals. The Polar Bears are ranked seventh in the latest USCHO.com Division III poll.

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