December 16 2015
Brian Depp '16 and Sandro Aeschlimann '19 of the Elmira College men's ice hockey team have received weekly awards from the ECAC West conference office. Depp was named the conference's Player of the Week, while Aeschlimann took home Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending December 13th.
Depp's stellar play to open the 2015-16 season continued this past week, as the Fenton, MI, native produced five points in three games for the Soaring Eagles. He opened the week with a three-point performance in Elmira's 5-3 come-from-behind victory against SUNY Potsdam. Depp scored twice in the second period against the Bears, before assisting on the game-winning goal in the third period.
Three days later, Depp picked up a pair of assists in a 6-1 drubbing of Wesleyan University. Depp assisted on a pair of shorthanded goals, scored by classmate Carter Shinkaruk '16, which blew the game wide open at the time. Depp was unable to register a point in EC's overtime defeat at eighth-ranked Trinity University the following evening, ending his career-long point streak at 10 games.
Through the team's first 11 games of the year, Depp owns a team-leading 15 points on eight goals and a team-best seven assists. His 15 points already eclipses his point total from a season ago and are three shy of tying his career-best of 18 points, which Depp logged during Elmira's ECAC West Championship run in 2013-14.
Aeschlimann continued to perform at a high level during his rookie campaign. He started in both road games against Wesleyan and Trinity, going 1-1-0 during that time with his only loss coming against the nationally-ranked Bantams in overtime.
He produced 82 saves in the two games, including back-to-back 40-save efforts. Aeschlimann turned away 40 shots in EC's five-goal win over Wesleyan, before making a career-high 42 saves against Trinity the following evening. He has four games this season with 40 or more saves.
In eight appearances, which include seven starts, Aeschlimann is 5-3-0 with a 2.78 goals against average. He has turned away 295 shots thus far into the 2015-16 season and boasts a .931 save percentage as well.
Last week's contests wrapped-up the 2015 portion of Elmira's schedule. The Soaring Eagles return to action on Friday, January 8th, when EC travels to face The College at Brockport at 7:00 p.m. Elmira makes their home debut in 2016 the following night against SUNY Geneseo. Faceoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Murray Athletic Center Ice Arena.