ND Hockey: A Time To Honor The Seniors

Where has the season gone? It seems like yesterday when the hockey season started. The team opened up against the United States National Team Development Program and the regular season ends against Penn State this evening. This group of young men have left their imprint on the ND Hockey program. This is the review of Joe Wegwerth, Bobby Nardella, Jake Jenkins and Dylan Malmquist.

The Senior Class of 2018/2019

The Class of 2019 has been a quite successful group. The 2015/2016 campaign tallied a record of (Overall) 19-11-7 and a conference record of 15-5-2 record in the Hockey East. They also made it to the Midwest Regional game in the NCAA tournament. The 2016/2017 campaign saw the team go (Overall) 23-12-5 and a 12-6-4 record in the Hockey East conference. This team made it to the National Semi-Final game in the Frozen Four.

The 2017/2018 season they changed conferences and played in the Big Ten. That team took the the conference and Division 1 hockey by storm. With an (Overall) record of 25-9-2 and a 17-6-1 record in the B1G, the Irish captured their inaugural season a B1G Regular Season champion trophy and the B1G Tournament Trophy. The NCAA Frozen Four didn’t finish with the result they wanted as they lost in in the championship game to Minnesota-Duluth. This is truly a great Senior class.

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This season the team had some rough spots along they way as this was a very young team. The leadership of Wegwerth, Malmquist (A), Nardella (A) and Jenkins (A) has planted a seed for the future of Notre Dame Hockey. After last evenings win over PSU, the year to date overall record is 18-12-3 and an 11-10-2 record has them as a number two seed in the B1G conference tournament. This is amazing after starting the season slow and picking up steam as it went along.

Biographies

(F) Joe Wegwerth- Hometown: Brewster, NY

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Wegwerth has had a rough Senior year. After an illness in November, and then a lower body injury in December has kept him sidelined the second half of the season.

CAREER HIGHS
Goals: 2 (2x – vs. Sacred Heart 10/20/17)
Assists: 2 (at Penn State 2/2/18)
Points: 2 (3x – at Penn State 2/2/18)
Multi-point games: 3
Point Streak: 2 games (2x; Oct. 19 – 20, 2017)

NHL: Selected in the fourth round, 92nd overall, by the Florida Panthers in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft

(F) Dylan Malmquist-Hometown: Edina, Minnesota

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CAREER HIGHS
Goals: 2 (3x – at Minnesota 1/27/18)
Assists: 2 (2x – vs. Penn State 3/10/18)
Points: 3 (vs. Western Michigan 1/8/16)
Multi-Point Games: 12
Point Streak: 6 games (Dec. 2, 2017 – Jan. 19, 2018)

(D) Bobby Nardella-Hometown: Rosemont, Illinois

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CAREER HIGHS
Goals: 2 (vs. Arizona State 10/7/16)
Assists: 2 (8x – vs. Michigan State 2/23/18)
Points: 3 (vs. Merrimack 1/15/16)
Multi-Point Games: 14
Point Streak: 6 games (Jan. 2-23; 2-10-12)

(F) Jack Jenkins-Hometown: Lake Bluff, Illinois

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CAREER HIGHS
Goals: 1 (5x – vs. Penn State 3/10/18)
Assists: 1 (11x – Frozen Four vs. Michigan 4/5/18)
Points: 2 (vs. Providence 3/10/17)
Multi-point games: 1 
Point Streak: 3 games (2x; Feb. 23 – March 10, 2018)

Ceremony

Thank you Seniors for all the memories and best of luck in your future endeavors. Prior to the game the Senior Night ceremony will honor the four seniors. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. on tonight at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Tickets: UND.com/BuyTickets.

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