Hayward to lead Syracuse on ice

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BRATTLEBORO — Peter-Owen Hayward, of Brattleboro, has been elected Senior Captain of the Syracuse University men's ice hockey team for 2019-2020, after having served as an Assistant Captain during his sophomore and junior years. He will now work with his coaches concerning recruitment and scheduling and setting the tone on the ice.

During his tenure with the Syracuse Orange so far, Hayward has played in 91games — accumulating 85 goals and 66 assists for a total of 151 points. He leads his team in scoring and points.

As a junior Hayward had a 17-game scoring streak, which was the longest in the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL). He was recognized as the ESCHL Playoff MVP for his contribution to Syracuse's championship, after racking up four goals and one assist during the postseason.

Syracuse University, ranked No. 17 nationally, faced its three biggest rivals during the league championship — beating them all in overtime. Hayward had a hat trick during his team's 7-6 win over New York University in a quarterfinal, he converted a penalty shot in a semifinal victory over Stony Brook, and then helped the Orange defeat Liberty University in the ESCHL finals.

Hayward was selected to the ESCHL All-Star Second Team. The Advertising major also made it onto his school's All-Star Academic team for a third straight year, in recognition of his six consecutive semesters on the Dean's List.

Seeing a turnover of nearly half the team due to graduation and other commitments, Syracuse will be faced with a major recruitment and rebuilding year in 2019-2020.

"We look forward to the challenges of next season. That is the beauty of hockey and the fluidity of the college game," Hayward said. "As we proved this year, it doesn't matter what the pundits predict at the beginning of the year, it is about how you play the games and finish at the end of the season."

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