Jack McCool, Niko Karamanis, Evan Ruschil & Bill Kangas Earn All-NESCAC Laurels

Jack McCool, Niko Karamanis, Evan Ruschil & Bill Kangas Earn All-NESCAC Laurels

HADLEY, MASS. – Four members of the Williams College men's ice hockey team (17-7-1) that finished in first place in the NESCAC in the regular season and is hosting the NESCAC Tournament semifinals and championship game this weekend in Lansing Chapman Rink have been recognized by the conference coaches.

Junior defenseman Jack McCool, sophomore forward Niko Karamanis and freshman goalie Evan Ruschil collected their first conference honors, while head coach Bill Kangas was named the Coach of the Year.

McCool led the Ephs in points this season with 21 on a team-high 19 assists and two goals playing in all 25 games this winter. He has played in 78 games to date and he has 44 career points on 33 assists and 11 goals. "Assistant Captain, Jack McCool has led our strong defensive group all season," said Eph head coach Bill Kangas. "He's smart with the puck, makes great outlet passes, and can join the rush anytime. We rely on Jack to be a leader on the blueline."

Karamanis leads the Ephs in goals scored with 12 and he has five assists for 17 points and he leads the Ephs with four game-winners and three power play tallies. He has also played in all 25 games this winter. In his two years in the Purple Valley Karamanis has scored 16 goals and assisted on 16 more for 32 total points. "Assistant Captain, Niko Karamanis  has had an outstanding season," Kangas noted. "He is a player who is exceptional in all zones, plays, and situations. We count on his abilities to make great plays happen day in and out."

First year goalie Evan Ruschil has appeared in 14 games and logged 841 minutes between the pipes and has fashioned a 10-4-0 record that includes one shutout. He has allowed 29 goals while facing 457 shots, generating a .937 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.07. "Evan Ruschil has been outstanding in goal," Kangas stated. "His stats support his strong play and the team feeds off his goalie game. He plays a calm, efficient game, and has a nice way of quieting the play when needed. Evan has adjusted well to the college game and we expect his best hockey is ahead of him." 

Commenting on his Coach of the Year honor Kangas said, "The team has done an outstanding job all year, working each day to get a little bit better than the last. I feel honored to receive this award, and it's been a privilege to coach such a hard-working, motivated, determined, and close-knit team. I have also been very fortunate to work with incredible assistant coaches who have helped recruit outstanding student-hockey players, and helped our team navigate rigorous schedules."

Kangas then recognized his sabbatical year during the 2017-18 season for helping him develop as a coach. "While it was hard leaving the team in 2017-18, the personal and professional growth was powerful. I am grateful to Williams for affording me the opportunity to travel the country and learn more about the game and how I could improve both on and off the ice as a coach, teacher, and mentor." 

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