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Berenguer named MIAC player-of-the-year as seven Pipers earn honors

Berenguer, a two-time All-American, led all MIAC defensemen with 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) this season. His five game-winning goals tied for the most in the MIAC this season, and he ranked in the top seven in the conference in points, goals, assists, power-play points and power-play goals.

Berenguer's All-Conference selection is his third in a row to go along with an All-Conference Honorable Mention honor and All-Rookie Team pick as a freshman.

Five of his teammates joined him on the All-MIAC first team list, four of them forwards. Junior goaltender Beau Christian (Moorhead, Minn.) was the exception. Christian was in net for all but 85 minutes of conference play this year, posting a save percentage of .913 and a GAA of 2.62. He recorded two shutouts this season, the most memorable in a 3-0 win over Gustavus Adolphus in the MIAC semifinal game. Christian was twice named the MIAC men’s hockey athlete of the week this season.

Another two-time MIAC player of the week this year, Brian Arrigoni (Jr., Saint Paul, Minn.), was named to the All-MIAC first team. Arrigoni led the Pipers in scoring this year with 36 points (19 goals, 17 assists), 20 of those points in conference play. Most recently, Arrigoni tallied a hat trick in the MIAC championship game against Concordia, a 5-2 win that sent the Pipers to the NCAA tournament.

Hamline’s leading scorer in conference play, Ryan Kupperman (Sr., Canterbury, N.H.), also made the first team list. Kupperman tallied 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in MIAC play and was second on the team in overall scoring with 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists). He also had three power play goals, which tied for second on the team.

Alex Lundbohm (Sr., Roseau, Minn.) was fourth on the team in scoring and is also a member of the All-MIAC first team. Lundbohm tallied 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) overall and had 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) against MIAC opponents.

Jordan Van Gilder (Jr., Lino Lakes, Minn.) also earned a pair of MIAC athlete of the week honors this year, and is the final Piper on the All-MIAC first team. Van Gilder’s biggest performance of the year came in the final regular season game as he tallied a hat trick against the Cobbers, leading Hamline to sole possession of the regular season crown. Van Gilder has 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) this season and was tied for second on the team in goals scored.

Defenseman Jay Fifield (Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) represents the Pipers on the All-MIAC honorable mention list. Fifield was a steady presence at the blue line and had 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) this season.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC announced the fifth annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for men's hockey. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.

Brett Burgau (Sr., New Ulm, Minn.) is Hamline's representative to the All-Sportsmanship team.

The Pipers play at UW-Superior tonight, March 9, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.