Men’s hockey says goodbye to six seniors

Four years ago, when Alec Thieda came to Norwich University for a recruiting visit, he knew Norwich was the place. Now he is ending his Norwich career on the Cadets hockey team, along with five other seniors.
If you ask a hockey player about playoff hockey, they will tell you there’s nothing better. The emotions in playoff hockey at any level are something special. Every team’s dream is to be holding up the championship trophy at the end of the year. It was not to be for the Cadets.

This year in Division III men’s ice hockey, Trinity College hockey players reached their dream by defeating Wisconsin Stevens-Point 5-2 in the 2015 men’s National Championship.
On March 21, the Norwich University men’s ice hockey teams season came to an end when the Cadets lost a heart-breaker in overtime to Amherst College in the NCAA quarterfinals. They were just seconds away from victory when Amherst tied the game after pulling their goalie to put six men on the ice.
Overall, the Cadets had a phenomenal season, winning 25 games while ending the season 25-4-1. Losing to Amherst marked the end of college careers for six seniors: Alec Thieda, Bryce Currier, Nevin Lawler, Corey Hale, Matic Marinsek, and Gerard McEleney. They ended their Norwich playing careers with a stellar 93-18-7 record.
Emotions are high for all players, but for seniors it sure hurts a little bit more losing in the playoffs. Senior captain Alec Thieda had a few words for the players coming back and talked about the season after thinking about it for a week. “Take the feeling of how the season ended and use that as fuel and to get better and train harder for next year,” he said.
Thieda went on to add that being a senior you realize, “do not take anything for granted, time flies, cherish and enjoy every moment because before you know it your college career is over.”
“Twenty-five wins in one college hockey season? That’s great and not a lot of teams can say they accomplished that, but at the end of the day, it would be nice to be holding up the championship trophy,” assistant captain Bryce Currier said.mens_hockey
Sophomore forward Austin Surowiec, who hails from Kentucky, said the thing that will hurt the most is losing six great seniors. “They had a great career here at Norwich. They are great individuals not only on the ice but off the ice and are great leaders,” he said.
College athletes understand and know how much time they put into their respected sport. Being a student athlete is not easy, managing school first then all the practice and effort for their beloved sport.
“Norwich was the greatest time of my life because of the people I have met throughout my career. Playing hockey here made my time here even better. I will miss this place,” said Thieda.
The six graduating seniors have a lot to be proud of, from their athletic feats to the example they set for the younger players.
Said Thieda, “I love this place and I must say thanks to Norwich, the community, and the best fans in Division III hockey for a great ride. Norwich forever!”

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