Six Waldorf Hockey Players Claim All-Conference Honors

Six Waldorf University hockey players claimed all-conference honors from the Northern Collegiate Hockey League (NCHL) while two others were named to the NCHL All-Rookie teams this season.

Forward Matthew Liggett was tabbed a first-team all-conference selection while forward Ryan Veillet, defenseman Jeffrey Bartel and goaltender Hunter Marsh earned second-team all-conference honors. Jess Engquist and Spencer Johnson garnered all-conference honorable mention recognition.

Liggett currently ranks second in the NCHL with 41 points on the season. The junior from Langley, British Columbia leads the conference with 22 goals and has provided 19 assists.

Veillet, a sophomore from Langley, tops the NCHL with 44 points behind 12 goals and a conference-best 32 assists.

Bartel is tied for seventh in the conference after notching 32 points. The junior from Steinbach, Manitoba has scored nine goals and ranks third in the NCHL with 26 assists.

Marsh has recorded 284 saves and a .904 save percentage as the freshman from Breckenridge, Colo. posted a 2.87 goals against average (GAA) while logging 627 minutes, 55 seconds in goal.

Engquist has turned in 25 points thus far this season. The senior forward from Richmond, Minn. has tallied 15 goals and 10 assists.

Johnson, a senior defenseman from Burnsville, Minn., has registered 28 points on the year with 10 goals and 18 assists.

Waldorf’s Tyler Wilson landed on the NCHL All-Rookie First Team and Eric Long was named to the NCHL All-Rookie Second Team.

Wilson has put together a strong freshman season and ranks third in the conference with 40 points. The freshman forward from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta netted 10 goals and holds second in the league with 30 assists.

Long currently has recorded 26 points on the year. The freshman forward from Woodhaven, Mich. ranks second for the Warriors with 17 goals and has dished out nine assists.

Waldorf owns a 21-10-1 record this season and finished with a 9-3 conference mark to score 27 points in the NCHL standings and earn the No. 2 seed in the NCHL Tournament. The Warriors, who are ranked No. 8 in the latest American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II Central Region poll, fell in a 7-3 loss to No. 14 Robert Morris University (21-14) during last Saturday’s NCHL Tournament semifinal at Albert Lea, Minn. Sixth-ranked Marian University (15-3) scored a 5-2 win over Robert Morris in Sunday’s NCHL Tournament championship game.

Waldorf battles in the ACHA Division II Central Region Tournament this Saturday against No. 5 Lindenwood University (22-8-1) in a 10:30 a.m. showdown at Plymouth, Mich.

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