Hockey to lose four seniors

After an unexpected playoff run for Carnegie Mellon club hockey, the team bids farewell to its graduating teammates: senior center Chaten Boscha, senior goalie Torrey Brenner, senior forward Ephraim Hathaway, and senior defenseman Dan Behmke. The team is losing its offensive firepower in Boscha and Hathaway as well as its dominant defense in Brenner and Behmke.

“The senior class has continuously ensured we have a solid offense and defense. It is going to be tough trying to piece together lines when such talented players leave,” said sophomore defender and winger Bryn Loeffler.

The team will make extensive efforts to recruit first-years to join the team in the fall. “We’re going to have to recruit a lot of freshmen for all positions on the ice to fill this void,” Loeffler said.

With so many big contributors leaving, junior forward Andrew McCoy and sophomore winger Keith Hoover will be next to lead the club hockey team. The two were the nonsenior point leaders for the team and will be expected to carry a heavier load next season.

“Keith’s line, with Mike [Purowitz] centering him and Tye [Lampl] on the other wing, have a great opportunity to help fill the shoes of the seniors. They worked so well together and really understand how to move the puck and communicate with each other,” Loeffler said.

Boscha led the Tartans in output throughout the season. His 48 points were by far the most on the team, scoring 28 goals and dishing 20 assists. McCoy was second on the team with 30 points, and Hathaway was third with 27.

The Carnegie Mellon club hockey team began their playoff run in February. Despite not having the home advantage, the Tartans beat the University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg Bobcats 8–1 in the playoff opener. This playoff win was the first for the Carnegie Mellon hockey team in 17 years. The following game was also without home ice advantage. The Tartans faced the Medaille College Mavericks and won 4–1. In the grand finale of the 2011–12 season on Feb. 26, the Tartans faced the California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans in the championship round, losing 8–5.

“Winning in the playoffs came down largely to Brenner’s spectacular play in goal. We beat the first place [Mavericks] team 4–1 despite giving up nearly sixty shots on goal. He was utterly indomitable,” Boscha said.

During the championships, Brenner recorded a .895 save percentage on the season, but his .981 save percentage in the 4–1 victory over the Mavericks was essential to the Tartans’ victory. He saved 53 of the 54 shots on goal.

“We had a great season and were so close to a championship. We fell behind early and could not make a comeback to win it in the end like we had been able to do all season,” said sophomore defensive player Kevin Fulton.

The 2012–13 season will begin in September, but no games are scheduled yet.