With more than 250 Selects alums across Division-I men’s and women’s hockey, we highlight some of the standout performances from last week and other recent news with a closer look at the college landscape.
Penn State freshman Paul DeNaples was named a finalist for the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year Award. The ‘98 East Coast Selects-O alum totaled 2 goals and 14 points in 37 games this season and was named among Quinn Hughes and Sasha Laroque as the trio up for the award.
Fellow Selects alum and Big Ten player Mat Robson was also named as a finalist this week for the conference’s Goaltender of the Year Award. The former ‘96 East Coast Selects-O and current Minnesota Golden Gopher posted a 2.81 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 30 games.
Chase Priskie continues his decorated senior season as a finalist for the ECAC’s Best Defensive Defenseman. The ‘96 East Coast Selects-Q alum and 2016 sixth-round draft pick of the Washington Capitals, Priskie led the Bobcats blocking 33 shots and helping the team post a sub-2.00 goals against per game as well as a key contributor on a penalty-killing unit at 87 percent. He also added 17 goals and 39 points offensively this season.
Winners for those yearly conference awards will be announced on March 19th.
Former ‘98 East Coast Selects-Q forward Drew O’Connor was named ECAC Rookie of the Wee for the third time this season. The Dartmouth freshman scored a goal in each of the Big Green’s games over the weekend, giving O’Connor six strikes in his last five games.
All-Conference team announcements began rolling out in women’s college hockey this week, with more than a dozen Selects alumni being named. In the Hockey East, Skylar Fontaine was named to the First-Team while Maureen Murphy and Daryl Watts earned Second-Team honors. Cayla Barnes was named to the Third-Team as well as All-Rookie team along with fellow freshman Kelly Browne.
In the WCHA, Kristen Campbell, Annie Pankowski, Mekenzie Steffen and Grace Zumwinkle were among First-Team All-Conference. Maddie Rolfes and Abigail Levy were named to the Second-Team, and Levy also earning All-Rookie Team with Maggie Flaherty and Gabbie Hughes.
Loren Gabel was named Forward and Player of the Year in the ECAC for a second straight season. The senior capped off her outstanding career with possibly her best season yet, leading the nation in scoring with 37 goals. She surpassed a number of career marks in 2018-19, becoming the Golden Knights all-time leading scorer, while eclipsing both the 100-goal and 200-point marks.
Jaime Bourbonnais was named ECAC Best Defenseman after anchoring a Big Red team that allowed just 1.6 goals per-game this season. The junior was an impact player at both ends of the ice, recording nine goals and 29 points while blocking 34 shots. Her plus-32 rating was the highest on the team.
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