Who took home Hockey East Hardware?

Tuesday Liam and Matt gave their predictions for the Hockey East Awards. Thursday, the league announced who the real winners of the awards were and they are listed below.

Hockey East Player of the Year: Junior forward Adam Gaudette from Northeastern University

Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Year: Foward Logan Hutsko from Boston College

Coach of the Year: Jerry York from Boston College

The following awards were announced Wednesday:

Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award:  Sophomore defenseman Jacob Bryson, Providence College

Charlie Holt Team Sportsmanship Award: UMass Lowell

Best Defensive Defenseman: Junior Casey Fitzgerald, Boston College

Best Defensive Forward: Senior Brian Pinho, Providence College

Goaltender of the Year: Freshman Cayden Primeau, Northeastern University

Hockey East Scoring Champion: Junior forward Adam Gaudette, Norteastern University

Three Stars Award: Junior forward Adam Gaudette, Northeastern University

Hockey East First Team:

G – Freshman Cayden Primeau, Northeastern University

D – Sophomore Jacob Bryson, Providence College

D – Sophomore Jeremy Davies, Northeastern University

F – Junior Erik Foley, Providence College

F – Junior Adam Gaudette, Northeastern University

F – Senior Dylan Sikura, Northeastern Univeristy

Hockey East Second Team:

G – Junior Hayden Hawkey, Providence College

D – Sophomore Dante Fabbro, Boston University

D – Junior Casey Fitzgerald, Boston College

F – Junior Bobo Carpenter, Boston University

F – Senior Nolan Stevens, Northeastern University

Hockey East Thrid Team

G – Sophomore Joseph Woll, Boston College

D – Junior Micheal Kim, Boston College

D – Freshman Cale Makar, UMass Amherst

F – Senior Brett Seney, Merrimack College

F – Senior Brian Pinho, Providence College

F – Junior Jordan Greenway, Boston University

All-Rookie Team

G – Jeremy Swayman, University of Maine

G – Cayden Primeau, Northeastern University

D – Cale Makar, UMass Amherst

D – Mario Ferraro, UMass Amherst

F – Shane Bowers, Boston University

F – Brady Tkachuk, Boston University

F – Logan Hutsko, Boston College

Who takes home Hockey East hardware? Predictions

With award season coming up for Hockey East, this semester’s Boston Hockey Blog writers, Matt and Liam, made their picks for Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Goaltender of the year and the most memorable moment of the season. Hockey East will announce its award Thursday night. 

Player of the Year:

Matt: Junior forward Adam Gaudette, Northeastern University

Gaudette is the best player on the best team and in the conference. He leads the country in goals (30) and points (59). If it weren’t for his linemate, senior forward Dylan Sikura, he would have led the conference in assists. There’s a good chance that the first line center for Northeastern will also be the school’s first Hobey Baker recipient.

Liam: Gaudette

See Matt’s explanation.

Rookie of the Year:

Matt: Freshman goaltender Cayden Primeau, Northeastern University

Sensing a theme here? You will see a lot of Northeastern players in Matt’s award selections. Although I seriously thought about Boston University’s freshman forward Shane Bowers for this award. Primeau’s .933 goal save percentage and his 1.86 goals against average had him second in the country among rookie goaltenders in both categories. At times it felt like Primeau was a brick wall and took over the games. If the Montreal Canadiens view Primeau as the successor to Carey Price, Primeau should be on Huntington Avenue for awhile as Price is only 30 years old.

Liam: Freshman forward Brady Tkachuk, Boston University

Tkachuk was elite all season for the Terriers, setting a physical tone for the team on its top line of forwards for much of the year. BU’s improvement over the final two months of the regular season was directly correlated to Tkachuk’s uptick in production. Over the final 16 games leading into the Hockey East semifinals, Tkachuk notched at least one point for 12 straight matchups. He also tied for third in scoring among all Hockey East freshmen with 28 points.

Coach of the Year:

Matt: Greg Carvel, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Carvel’s team was predicted to finish last in the conference, but played in a quarterfinal matchup against Northeastern. This was the first time Carvel had his team in the quarterfinals since 2012 while coaching a team of predominantly freshmen players.

Liam: Jim Madigan, Northeastern University

After hoisting the Beanpot trophy three times as a player with the Huskies, Madigan guided Northeastern to its first Beanpot win since 1988 this February. He has developed forwards such as Dylan Sikura and Adam Gaudette into two of the best scorers in the country, has brought along a freshman goaltender, Cayden Primeau, into being a reliable rock in net and has his squad prepped for a deep NCAA tournament run.

Goaltender of the Year.

Matt: Freshman goaltender Cayden Primeau, Northeastern University

Primeau leads Hockey East in every major goaltending category. I don’t think this is much of a question.

Liam: Junior goaltender Christoffer Hernberg, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Hernberg has been as reliable as they come for the River Hawks despite not having the type of defensive line in front of him that Primeau does with the Huskies. He ranks second in the Hockey East in both save percentage (.921) and goals allowed per game (2.08).

Matt’s First Team.

F – Nolan Stevens, Sr. Northeastern

F – Adam Gaudette Jr. Northeastern

F – Dylan Sikura Sr. Northeastern

D – Jeremy Davis, So. Northeastern

D – Dante Fabbro, So. BU

G – Cayden Primeau, Fr. Northeastern

Liam’s First Team:

F – Jordan Greenway, Jr. BU

F – Adam Gaudette Jr. Northeastern

F – Dylan Sikura Sr. Northeastern

D – Jeremy Davies, So. Northeastern

D – Dante Fabbro, So. BU

G – Christoffer Hernberg, Jr. UMass Lowell

Matt’s Second Team:

F – Bobo Carpenter, Jr. BU

F – Erik Foley, Jr. Providence

F – Maxim Letunov, Jr. UConn

D – Jacob Bryson, So. Providence

D – Ryan Shea, So. Northeastern

G – Christoffer Hernberg, Jr. UMass Lowell

Liam’s Second Team

F – Nolan Stevens, Sr. Northeastern

F – Erik Foley, Jr. Providence

F – Mitchell Fossier, So. Maine

D – Jacob Bryson, So. Providence

D – Jared Kolquist, Sr. Merrimack

G – Cayden Primeau, Fr. Northeastern

Matt’s Rookie Team:

F – Logan Hutsko, BC

F – Shane Bowers, BU

F – John Leonard, UMass

D – Cale Makar, UMass

D – Brady Keeper, Maine

G – Cayden Primeau, . Northeastern

Liam’s Rookie Team:

F – Shane Bowers, BU

F – Brady Tkachuk, BU

F – Logan Hutsko, BC

D – Max Gildon, UNH

D – Mario Ferraro, UMass

G – Cayden Primeau, Northeastern

Matt’s Regular Season game of the year:

BU beats Harvard in double overtime in the Beanpot opening round.

Liam’s regular season game of the year:

Beanpot final. Seeing Northeastern’s players and fans’ ecstasy after winning the tournament for the first time in 30 seasons is a moment that will go down in Boston hockey lore.


First half in review: Midseason Awards

Hi again everyone! Just a day away from the second half of the season now, we wanted to hand out, well, type out some midseason awards for things that have happened so far.

Similar to our grades, we (Judy, Andrew and Sarah) all came up with categories and nominees and voted for each one. What you see below is our general consensus on each award and explanation for why we selected that particular winner for the category. Some are serious, but we decided to have fun with a couple as well.

Let us know what you think, and thanks as always!

Most Valuable Player: Doyle Somerby

What a year it has been for the junior. Captain Matt Grzelcyk has played in all of six games this season, so that has made Somerby the veteran of a young bunch of defensemen. On the ice, he does a strong job of playing in his own zone and containing his assignments and he already has eight points, a career high. Adding to that, he’s a pretty tough player, not afraid to put his body out there for the team, as evidenced by his team-high 43 blocked shots. But what’s equally impressive has been his leadership role, despite the fact that he might not be wearing an “A” on his sweater. After a winnable game against Yale in mid-December, he held himself and the team accountable — especially the penalty kill — for not getting things done for the first 40 minutes. At the same time, though, he was optimistic that the team would rally the next day against Quinnipiac, which the Terriers did. His performance speaks for itself and he has been the glue to hold the defense together, and that’s why he’s our MVP for the first half. — AB

Honorable mentions: Ahti Oksanen and Danny O’Regan

Most improved: Brandon Fortunato

So far this season, it’s hard to argue a returning player has had more of a different but effective impact on the team this year compared to last than Fortunato. He was a staple on the blue line for BU’s run at the national title, but when he hit Comm Ave for his second season this fall, he brought a new area of his game with him: an improved shot. Back in October, following the Terriers’ win over Wisconsin, Fortunato said he’d been working on his shot every day over the summer at the advice of Coach Quinn, who told his defenseman that were he to strengthen his shot, it would “improve him as a player tremendously.” Clearly it’s working, as Fortunato has four goals so far compared to his one last year, is tied for fourth among defensemen nationally with 15 points and is third among his fellow blue liners with 0.88 points per game. He’s also almost surpassed his point total from last year (18) just halfway through this season. And while there are still instances of questionable defensive play from him, that aspect of his game has undeniably gotten a boost as well. — JC

Honorable mention: Matt Lane

Biggest Surprise: Ryan Cloonan

When you have highly touted U.S. National Team Development Program players as part of your incoming freshman class, some of the other first-years might be overlooked. Admittedly, we may have done this with Cloonan. Coach Quinn talked about Cloonan’s tremendous speed before the season started, but that’s really all we knew about him, aside from the general statistics you can find on any player online. He began as a fourth-liner, and we didn’t have many expectations. But he scored a goal in his first collegiate game and continued his hot start, proving to the coaching staff that he was a top-six forward. Like Quinn said, Cloonan’s speed really is his biggest asset, and he really does use that to his advantage to break free in the offensive zone. We just didn’t expect him to be sixth on the team, and second among freshmen, in scoring in the first half. — AB

Honorable mention: Connor LaCouvee

Best Game: Nov. 13: BU-Providence battle to 1-1 tie

This game had all of the hype that any regular season game could possibly have. It was the first time BU and PC had met since the 2015 national championship game. There was a little added fanfare when Friars got to raise their banner during a pregame ceremony that included video highlights from their dramatic comeback win. There was a lot going on before the first period started, but the game itself ended up being a fun one. It was tight throughout with a lot of checks and close chances. The teams were evenly matched, but the Friars finally cracked through late in the second. They held the slim lead for most of the rest of the game until Ahti Oksanen tied things up with 1:29 left in the third period. That’s where things would stay, and both teams earned a much-deserved point. It was a game that actually lived up to its billing, and for us, it was a more than enjoyable one to watch and cover. — AB

Honorable mention: BU and Cornell draw at Red Hot Hockey

Best save (and subsequent celly): Connor LaCouvee penalty shot save on Michigan’s Tyler Motte

Ok so, to be fair, LaCouvee is the only goalie who has cellied (not just once, but on two occasions) following a big stop, but we wanted to give credit where credit was due. In BU’s comeback win over Michigan on Nov. 20, and with the score knotted at two apiece, the sophomore faced Tyler Motte one-on-one after the Wolverines were awarded a penalty shot. Motte stickhandled through the slot and tried a shot on LaCouvee (and attempted to net his own rebound, I might add) that the goalie stopped (both times). After skating away from his own net, he promptly dropped to one knee and pumped his blocker down low in celebration. -— JC

Honorable mention (save sans celly): Sean Maguire glove save against Quinnipiac

I unfortunately do not have a video for this one, but about midway through the final frame of BU’s game at Quinnipiac on Dec. 12, Maguire was doing work keeping pucks out of the net while his team killed off a penalty. As the Bobcats cycled around, they tested him with a one-timer from the right circle, which he snatched out of the air with his glove. I had to watch the replay at least twice before it registered why the shot didn’t go in. — JC

Biggest disappointment: Tie between A.J. Greer and Matt Grzelcyk

These are obviously two very, very different types of disappointment. On Monday, Andrew expressed rather extensively his feelings on A.J. Greer’s season before his departure. He was probably one of the players we expected the biggest jump from, and he failed to deliver perhaps the most drastically. As for Grzelcyk, we obviously expected big things, and we’re more disappointed that things haven’t gone a lot better simply due to the injury bug that’s bitten him. — SK

Best quote: Ahti Oksanen

“After those penalties, we knew we would get one back. We knew that the Hockey Gods would just give us one goal.”

Oksanen is one of our favorite interviews mostly because he isn’t afraid to tell like it is. He’s honest, but he’s also witty. We got a big kick out of this quote of his after the team’s 1-1 tie to Providence on Nov. 13. We don’t know if he’d been saving the reference to the “Hockey Gods,” but he seemed rather amused and pleased with himself after saying it (~1:30 in the video), which probably made the quote all that more memorable. And given the momentum swing in that game, we can’t help but believe that there could’ve been some sort of spiritual being helping out there. — SK

Honorable mention: Connor LaCouvee on how he kept focus while seeing just two shots on goal during the first period against Northeastern 11/7/15

“Just trying to stay in it, bopping to the music, I don’t know. [Matthews Arena] was playing some pretty good tracks.”

Best postgame attire: Matt Lane’s suspenders

At the Boston Hockey Blog, we are proud to admit we care a lot about fashion. The three of us frequently discuss our game attire days in advance, and often ask or offer opinions about what matches better or would be more fitting for a particular environment or climate. So it’s no surprise that we always take notice when one of the players makes a solid fashion choice. It obviously won’t cloud our judgment or assessment of a player, but we like giving props when props are due. One of our favorite postgame looks this semester had to be the white suspenders Matt Lane wore after the team’s loss to Michigan. They weren’t overly flashy, but were classy and unique enough to catch our eye. —SK

Honorable mention: Ahti Oksanen’s double-breasted suit jacket.