Fielding, Suderman headline 2013-14 MIAC Men's Hockey Awards

Fielding, Suderman headline 2013-14 MIAC Men's Hockey Awards

ST. PAUL Minn. -- It was another outstanding season on the ice in "The State of Hockey's" NCAA Division III conference and, Tuesday, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) honored the top performers from 2013-14 with the announcement of the 2013-14 MIAC Men's Hockey Awards. The top honor was shared by St. Thomas' Drew Fielding and Concordia's Caleb Suderman, as the duo headlined the awards as MIAC Co-Players-of-the-Year.

St. Thomas captured its third-straight regular-season MIAC championship in 2013-14, and added the MIAC Playoff championship Saturday, so it was only fitting the Tommies had a hand in both of the conference's major awards. In addition to Fielding's shared Player-of-the-Year honor with Cobber standout Suderman, UST Head Coach Jeff Boeser was named the MIAC Coach-of-the-Year for the second time in three seasons. The conference also announced the All-Conference, All-Rookie and All-Conference Honorable Mention teams, as well as the Men's Hockey All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.

Suderman wasn't only the MIAC's top defender in 2013-14 - the Cobber senior star was also the league's best skater. In addition to his Co-Player-of-the-Year honor, Suderman also earned his fourth-straight All-Conference honor to appropriately punctuate an incredible career at Concordia. This season, his 30 points not only led all defenders, they ranked third overall in the MIAC, and he was the only defenseman to rank in the top 20 in points in the league. His 30 points are the most by any Division III defender this season.

The Cobber star scored 16 goals and notched 14 assists overall to rank third in goals and tied for sixth in assists, while leading MIAC defensemen in points, goals and assists. He ranked first in game-winning goals (four) and power play goals (six), and second in power play points (10).  Suderman scored 17 of his points in conference play (nine goals, eight assists) and ranked fifth in points, fourth in goals and 12th in assists. He led the Cobbers to a 12-9-5 overall record, a 6-6-4 mark in MIAC play, and a spot in the MIAC Playoffs.

Fielding and Boeser were honored for their roles in the Tommies' third-straight MIAC regular-season championship. St. Thomas is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 21-4-2 overall record, and it finished with a near-perfect 13-1-2 MIAC record to claim the conference title. UST added the MIAC Playoff title with a 2-1 championship-game win over Gustavus Saturday, and it will open NCAA Division III Tournament play Saturday when it hosts No. 4-ranked UW-Stevens Point at 7 p.m.

This season, Fielding was the best goalie in the conference, and among the nation's best. He is 20-4-2 in the crease this season (.808), and the junior leads the MIAC with a 1.37 goals against average (GAA), and a .944 save percentage. Those numbers also rank third nationally and his seven shutouts lead the MIAC and are tied for the most in all of Division III.

In conference play, Fielding was even better, going 13-1-2 in goal (.875) with a 1.17 GAA and a .949 save percentage. He also led MIAC goalies in all those statistical categories. En route to the conference championship, Fielding allowed just 19 goals while making 352 saves. In addition to his Co-Player-of-the-Year award, Fielding earned his second-straight All-Conference honor after receiving All-Conference Honorable Mention honors as a freshman.

Boeser led St. Thomas to its third conference title in his four seasons on the bench, and claimed his second MIAC Coach-of-the-Year award after also receiving the honor from his peers in 2011-12. Boeser's team had the perfect recipe for success in conference play, with the MIAC's No. 1 scoring offense (3.44 goals per game) and defense (1.19 goals per game). UST also ranked second on both the power play (23.6 percent) and penalty kill (89.8 percent), and led the MIAC with a net plus-9 on special teams. Overall, the Tommies also ranked No. 1 in defense (1.41 goals per game) and third in offense (3.04 goals per game).

The conference-champion Tommies were well-represented on the All-Conference team with six selections to lead the league. Gustavus, Saint John's and Concordia had three players honored apiece, St. Olaf and Augsburg each had two players selected and Hamline had one. The All-MIAC team was heavy on juniors, with nine juniors, six seniors and five sophomores forming the 20-player First Team.

Many of the All-MIAC players were no stranger to conference honors, led by Suderman's fourth-straight selection, and a third-straight All-Conference nod for Saint John's junior forward John Haeg. St. Thomas' Fielding, Alex Altenbernd, Tyler Gubb, Jeremy Hepler and Michael Krieg all earned their second-straight All-Conference honor, as did Gustavus' Adam Smyth, Saint John's Phil Johnson, Concordia's Jordie Bancroft, Augsburg's Chris Student and Hamline's Joe Rubbelke.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC also announced the eighth annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for men's hockey. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.

2013-14 MIAC Men's Hockey Awards

Co-Player-of-the-Year - Drew Fielding, St. Thomas (Jr., Goalie, Burlington, Ont./Nelson)
Co-Player-of-the-Year - Caleb Suderman, Concordia (Sr., Defense, Winkler, Man.)
Coach-of-the-Year - Jeff Boeser, St. Thomas (Fourth season)

2013-14 MIAC Men's Hockey All-Conference Team

Name Team Year    Position Hometown/Previous School
Alex Altenbernd St. Thomas Jr. Forward Moorhead, Minn. 
Jordie Bancroft  Concordia  So. Forward Grand Forks, N.D. 
Dan Cecka  St. Olaf  Sr. Forward  Woodbury, Minn./Hill-Murray 
Andrew Deters  Concordia  Jr.  Forward  Sartell, Minn. 
Drew Fielding  St. Thomas  Jr.  Goalie  Burlington, Ont./Nelson 
Tyler Gubb St. Thomas  Sr.  Forward    Markham, Ont./Michigan Tech
John Haeg  Saint John's Jr.  Forward  Lakeville, Minn./Holy Angels 
Jeremy Hepler  St. Thomas  Jr.  Defense  Sarver, Pa./Freeport 
Phil Johnson  Saint John's    Jr.  Forward  Duluth, Minn./East 
Michael Krieg St. Thomas  Jr.  Defense  Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista 
Corey Leivermann    Gustavus  Sr.  Forward  North Mankato, Minn./Mankato West   
Peter Lindblad  St. Olaf  So.  Forward  Glenwood, Minn. 
John McLean  Gustavus  So.  Goalie  Eagan, Minn./Minnehaha Academy 
Nick Nielsen  St. Thomas  So.  Forward  Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson 
Mack Ohnsted  Augsburg  So.  Forward  Vernon Hills, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson 
Joe Rubbelke Hamline  Jr.  Defense  North St. Paul, Minn. 
Nick Senta  Saint John's  Jr.  Defense  Savage, Minn./Burnsville 
Adam Smyth  Gustavus  Sr.  Forward  Burnsville, Minn. 
Chris Student  Augsburg  Sr.  Defense  Edina, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret's 
Caleb Suderman Concordia  Sr.  Defense  Winkler, Man. 

2013-14 MIAC Men's Hockey All-Rookie Team

Name Team Year    Position   Hometown/Previous School
Drew Aspinwall Gustavus  Fr.  Defense  Maple Grove, Minn. 
Jonas Fredriksson  St. Olaf  Fr.  Defense  Marsta, Sweden/Stanstead College   
Garrett Hendrickson    Concordia  Fr.  Forward    Virginia, Minn. 
John Sellie-Hanson  Hamline  Fr.  Goalie  Fargo, N.D./North 
Steven Sherman  St. Olaf  Fr.  Forward  San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch 
Thomas Williams  St. Thomas    Fr.  Forward  Alexandria, Minn.

2013-14 MIAC Men's Hockey All-Conference Honorable Mention

Name Team Year    Position Hometown/Previous School
Jonas Fredriksson St. Olaf  Fr.  Defense    Marsta, Sweden/Stanstead College
Garrett Hendrickson    Concordia  Fr.  Forward  Virginia, Minn. 
Trent Johnson  Saint John's  Sr.  Defense  Duluth, Minn./Denfeld 
Bob Marx  Saint Mary's  Jr.  Defense  Sioux City, Iowa 
Alex Niestrom  St. Thomas    Sr.  Forward  Darien, Ill./Culver Military Academy 
Kevin Novakovich  Hamline  So.  Forward  Saratoga, Calif./Lynbrook 
Travis Payne  Bethel  So.  Forward    Gaylord, Mich./Sault Area 
Brock Raffaele Bethel So.  Forward  Cadillac, Mich./Gilmour Academy 
Axel Ramsgard  Saint John's  Sr.  Defense  Gothenburg, Sweden/Goteborg Hogre Samskola Gymnasium    
Steven Sherman  St. Olaf  Fr.  Forward  San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch 
Saxton Soley  Saint John's  So.  Goalie  Elk Mound, Wis./Eau Claire Memorial 
Bobby Thompson  Saint Mary's  Sr.  Forward  Centerville, Minn. 

2013-14 Men's Hockey All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team

Augsburg - Zach Dick (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn.)
Bethel - Josh Shingler (Sr., Shawano, Wis.)
Concordia - Max Smith (So., Eagan, Minn.)
Gustavus - (Andy Pearson (Jr., Burnsville, Minn.)
Hamline - Joel Scatterelli (Sr., Elk River, Minn./Rogers)
Saint John's - Zach Knight (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn./Bloomington Jefferson)
Saint Mary's - A.J. Mueller (New Berlin, Minn./UW-River Falls)
St. Olaf - Dylan Porter (Sr., Rosemount, Minn.)
St. Thomas - Alex Niestrom (Sr., Darien, Ill./Culver Military Academy)

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