WAUKESHA, Wis. - The Northern Collegiate Hockey Association has announced the 2013-14 recipients of postseason awards and the Adrian College Bulldogs have four players that have received either all-conference or all-freshmen honors. The Bulldogs finished in second place in the regular season standings in the first year of the revamped league. The team is still alive in the NCHA Harris Cup tournament semifinals which will take place on Saturday night at 7 p.m. against St. Scholastica at Arrington Ice Arena.
Junior forward Duston Hebebrand (Waterloo, Ont.) emerged as a go-to guy for the Bulldogs and led the conference in scoring with 27 points. He ranked second with 15 goals and eighth with 12 assists. He also scored three of his goals on the power play and had two game-winning goals. "Duston has been our most consistent player throughout the season and has emerged as a leader for our program," said head coach Ron Fogarty.
Junior defenseman Ryan Gieseler (Penetang, Ont.) joins Hebebrand on the all-conference team as one of four defensemen to receive the honor. Gieseler had a very steady season for a Bulldog squad that ranked third in the conference allowing 2.28 goals per game. He tied for the team lead this season with a plus-20 rating tying with Hebebrand. Gieseler ranked eighth in the league with 12 assists and was 13th with seven power play points. He finished third in defensemen scoring with 14 points. "Ryan has not had his best season, but was still worthy of this recognition. We are looking for him to be at his best during the playoffs," said Fogarty.
The Bulldogs also had a pair of freshmen selected to the six-member, all-freshmen team for 2013-14. Forward Brett Pinkerton (Pilot Mound, Man.) and defenseman Michael Hoy (South Lyon, Mich.) both excelled during their rookie campaigns for the second-ranked team in Division III. Pinkerton ranked sixth among freshmen in scoring with 14 points. He scored five goals (2 PPG) and added nine assists playing on a top line for the Bulldogs. Hoy ranked 11th in freshmen scoring and 12th in defensemen scoring with 10 points. He had four goals and six assists while finishing second among freshmen on defense in scoring. "Brett has been a great compliment to Duston and Ryan Lowe throughout the season," commented Fogarty. "Michael has been solid since the first day of preseason practice. We expected to see a leveling off that freshman usually have but that did not occur this season."