Men’s Hockey: Pelletier, Thieda Named AHCA All-Americans

Norwich University Office of Communications

March 27, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS – Sophomore forward William Pelletier (St. Jean Chrysostome, Quebec) and senior defenseman Alec Thieda (Rochester Hills, Mich.) were named CCM East Region All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) on Thursday night at the Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship banquet.

Pelletier was named to the First Team and Thieda was named to the Second Team to become the 43rd and 44th All-American selections in the rich 105-year history of the Norwich University men’s ice hockey program.

Pelletier scored 17 goals and netted 27 assists for 44 points in just 24 games played to lead Norwich and rank second in the country in points per game with 1.83 per game.

Pelletier was named the ECAC East Player of the Year, First Team ECAC East and was a three-time league Player of the Week selection. Pelletier led the team with five game-winning goals and tied for the team lead with three power play goals.

Pelletier’s 44 points were the most in a single season by a NU player since Rick Cleaver hit the 50-point mark in 2007-08. His 1.83 points per game ranks among the best averages for a single season in program history.

Thieda had a breakout offensive season, registering three goals and 17 assists for 20 points, which tied for 15th nationally. He joined Pelletier on the ECAC East First Team.

Thieda served as the team captain this season and helped lead Norwich to the No. 1 defense in not only the ECAC East, but also Division III as a whole. The Cadets surrendered just 1.33 goals per game in league play and 1.50 overall. Norwich gave up only 45 goals this season in 30 games. Thieda was one of just five finalists for the prestigious Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born Division II/III player in New England.

The two helped lead Norwich to its 17th straight ECAC East regular season title and 11th ECAC East Tournament title. The Cadets also reached the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season and 16th time overall in program history.

NU fell one win short of reaching for the Division III Frozen Four, held in Minneapolis, Minn. this weekend after a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Amherst College last Saturday.

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