2013 Men's All-West Region Team

All awards are determined by votes cast by Sports Information Directors at West Region institutions that sponsor men's ice hockey.


WEST REGION PLAYER OF THE YEAR - G, BRANDON STEPHENSON, SR, UW-EAU CLAIRE

UW-Eau Claire senior goaltender Brandon Stephenson claims the honors as D3hockey.com West Region Player of the Year thanks to a season that saw him backstop the Blugolds to their first national championship.

The reigning NCHA Player of the Year appeared in 28 games this season and posted a 22-4-2 record while maintaining a 2.12 goals-against-average and a .931 save percentage.  His 1672-plus minutes played were third most in the region and his 22 wins led all western goaltenders.  Stephenson loomed large in big games this season as he became the first goaltender since 2001-02 to defeat St. Norbert three times in a season, and allowed just seven goals in the Blugolds four NCAA tournament wins.

The Saline, Mich. native proved a workhorse over the course of his collegiate career as the four-year starter appeared in an impressive 85 games and finished with a 48-26-9 record, 2.27 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

 

WEST REGION COACH OF THE YEAR - MATT LOEN, UW-EAU CLAIRE

Matt Loen, head coach of national champion UW-Eau Claire, has been voted D3hockey.com Men's National Coach of the Year.

In six seasons behind the Blugolds' bench, Loen holds a 84-72-12 career mark.  The 2012-13 marked UW-Eau Claire's most successful in school history as aside from winning the national title, the Blugolds closed out at 24-5-2, which broke the previous school record for wins in a season by a full six wins.

The Blugolds also claimed the NCHA regular season championship and their NCAA tournament appearance was just the second in school history.

Loen, a 1995 graduate of UW-Eau Claire, was a four year letterwinner for the Blugolds and received First team All-American and NCHA Player of the Year honors following his senior season.

 

2013 ALL-WEST REGION SELECTIONS

FIRST TEAM
 
 

G - BRANDON STEPHENSON, SR., UW-EAU CLAIRE

The West Region Player of the Year, Stephenson capped off a collegiate career by backstopping the Blugolds to the regular season NCHA title as well as to their first national title in school history.  His 1672-plus minutes played were third most in the region and his 22 wins led all western goaltenders.  He also became the first goaltender since 2001-02 to defeat St. Norbert three times in a season.

D - CARL EKSTROM, SR., ST. NORBERT

Ekstrom's six goals, 13 assists and 19 points all ranked as best among defensemen on this years Green Knights' squad.  His .70 points per game ranked as fifth best among West Region blueliners and his six goals were tied for third most.  A staple on the Green Knights' blueline, Ekstrom saw action in 58 games over his final two seasons, and finished his career with 8 goals, 26 assists and 43 points in 78 game played.

 

D - JACK CALLAHAN, SO., UW-EAU CLAIRE

A Division I transfer who previously attended Quinnipiac, Callahan's 2 goals, 18 assists and 20 points ranked him as the second highest scoring defenseman in the West Region.  His 18 assists were best in the region and he loomed large in the postseason as he picked up an assist in the Blugolds' opening round NCAA win over St. John's, as well as two assists in their semifinal win over Utica.

F - JORDAN SINGER, SR., UW-EAU CLAIRE

The last of three Blugolds to make the first team, the senior captain finished the season with 22 goals, 14 assists and 36 points.  Singer's 22 goals tied for most in the West Region, and his goal and assist in the national title game ran his career total to an even 100 points.  Singer also picked up a goal in the Blugolds' semifinal win over Utica, and was also named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

 

F - KYLE STROH, SR., ST. NORBERT

Stroh closed out a prolific collegiate career by crossing the 40-point plateau for the first time as his 19 goals and 22 assists this season gave him 41 on the year. His goal and assist totals were both third-highest in the West Region.  Stroh played in an impressive 115 career games for the Green Knights, and finished with 49 goals and 54 assists for 103 points.

 

F - ZACH GRAHAM, SR., ADRIAN

Graham led the Bullogs in scoring for the second season in a row with 14 goals, 25 assists and 39 points.  Graham's 25 points were second most among West Region skaters, while his 39 points stood as third-best. In his collegiate career, Graham appeared in 111 games with Adrian where he posted 60 goals and 102 assists for 162 points.

   
SECOND TEAM
 
 

G - SAXTON SOLEY, FR., ST. JOHN'S

The lone freshman to crack the all-region team, Soley earned the starting job and helped lead the Johnnies to the MIAC regular and post-season titles en route to their first NCAA appearance since 2005.  He finished the season with a 15-5-1 record, and his 1.81 goals-against-average and .928 save percentage both ranked in the top five among West Region goaltenders. 

D - JEFF FORSYTHE, JR., UW-SUPERIOR

Forsythe wrapped up a strong junior campaign with six goals and 12 assists for 18 points, good enough for third most on the Yellowjackets.  Four of his six goals came on the power play.  Also Superior's top defensive defenseman, Forsythe picked up just ten penalty minutes on the year despite logging an enormous amount of ice time.  In three seasons in Superior he has posted 22 goals and 28 assists.

 

D - JOE RUBBELKE, SO., HAMLINE

The MIAC's second member of the West Region team, Rubbelke led the West in scoring by a defensemen with seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points.  His seven goals were most in the region by a blueliner while his 14 assists were second most.  Only a sophomore, Rubbelke led his team in assists and points while finishing second in goals.

F - SHAQUILLE MERASTY, FR., ADRIAN

The second freshman on the West Region team, Merasty led all freshmen in scoring with 22 goals and 16 assists for 38 points.  His 1.36 points per game was good for third in the region while his .79 goals per game were tops in the West.  His eight power play goals were second in the region while his five game winning goals were third.

 

F - CODY KEEFER, SR., ST. NORBERT

Keefer finished the year with 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points, while his 1.21 points per game were good for sixth in the region.  His eight power play goals and six game winning goals were both second in the region.  Keefer crossed the 100 point plateau for his career this season, finishing with 62 goals and 52 assists for 114 points in 119 games as a Green Knight.

 

F - JORDAN KEIZER, SR., MSOE

Keizer finished the year with 17 goals and 11 assists for 28 points.  He was a force on the power play, as his nine power play goals led the West.  He finished second in scoring for MSOE while his 17 goals led the Raiders and were third most in the MCHA. 

 

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