Wisconsin-Eau Claire goalie Stephenson named NCHA men’s player of the year

The NCHA announced Thursday that Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior goaltender Brandon Stephenson has been named the 2012-13 player of the year and UW-Eau Claire’s Matt Loen is the league’s coach of the year.

Stephenson is 17-3-2 with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage heading into the Peters Cup playoffs. He went undefeated from Oct. 26-Dec. 1, 2012, and allowed two goals of fewer in 15 of his 22 starts.

“Brandon has just been so consistent for us, really over his entire career,” Loen said in a news release. “He’s cool and collected in the net every game. He’s a great kid and a great teammate.”

In addition to the two individual awards, the NCHA also named its All-NCHA Team, All-NCHA Honorable Mention and All-Rookie Team.

2012-13 All-NCHA Team

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Brett CorcoranFJr.St. Scholastica
Kyle HeckFJr.Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Jordan SingerFSr.Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Kyle StrohFSr.St. Norbert
Adam CardwellFSr.Wisconsin-River Falls
Pat DalbecFJr.Wisconsin-Superior
Cody KeeferFSr.St. Norbert
Jack CallahanDSo.Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Jason CohenDSr.Wisconsin-Stout
Carl EkstromDSr.St. Norbert
Jeff ForsytheDJr.Wisconsin-Superior
Brandon StephensonGSr.Wisconsin-Eau Claire
David JacobsonGSo.St. Norbert

2012-13 All-NCHA Honorable Mention

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Isaiah BennisFSr.Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Garrett GrimsteadFSr.Wisconsin-Stout
Garrett LaddFJr.Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Andrew McCabeFSr.Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Brandon NowakowskiFJr.St. Scholastica
Joe PerryFJr.St. Norbert
Alex BrooksDFr.Wisconsin-Stevens Point
David DonnellanDJr.Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Kevin GibsonDSo.Wisconsin-Stevens Point
George MalliarasDSo.Wisconsin-River Falls
Scott LewanGJr.Wisconsin-River Falls
Nick HopperGSr.Wisconsin-Stout

2012-13 NCHA All-Rookie Team

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Tyler ZepedaFFr.St. Norbert
Dylan NowakowskiFFr.St. Scholastica
Zach SchrotenboerFFr.Wisconsin-River Falls
Eric CooperFFr.St. Norbert
Alex BrooksDFr.Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Brenden KotykDFr.St. Scholastica