ALBANY, N.Y. — Rensselaer junior forward Chase Polacek was named the ECAC Player of the Year at the annual ECAC banquet on Thursday.
Polacek netted 35 points in 22 ECAC games this season, tallying 17 goals and 18 assists, with six of the goals being power play goals and two shorthanded. Overall, he finished third in the nation with 26 goals scored, and also third in the nation in points with 52 points (26-26–52). He also finished tied first nationally for power play goals (13), seventh in goals per game (0.67), and ninth in points per game (1.33).
In addition he was named one of the Top 10 Hobey Baker Award Finalists.
His teammate Jerry D’Amigo was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year. D’Amigo scored seven goals and added 17 assists for 24 points in conference play. In 35 games played he had 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 total points. D’Amigo missed time this season as a key member of the United States’ gold-medal winning team at the World Junior Championships.
Cornell’s Ben Scrivens was named the Dryden Award winner for Best Goaltender.
The senior posted a .933 save percentage and a 1.89 GAA in conference play this season. He also posted the same numbers overall as he has played in all 31 games this season for Cornell. He finished the season with five shutouts and only allowed 58 goals all season. He was also named one of the Top 10 Hobey Baker Award Finalists.
Scrivens’ teammate Justin Krueger was named the Best Defensive Defenseman. He had a plus/minus rating of plus-15 this season in helping Cornell and Scrivens to a great defensive season in which the Big Red have surrended only 61 goals in 31 games.