MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- Senior co-captain Steve Saviano (Reading, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team became the fifth player in school history to be named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as announced by the committee on Wednesday evening.
Saviano, who is enjoying his finest season as a Wildcat, has recorded 26 goals and 21 assists for 47 points in 39 games in his senior campaign. He leads the Wildcats' squad in points, goals and plus/minus (+17). Saviano ranks tied for sixth in point scoring among Div. I players and his 1.21 points per game is 10th best in the nation. His 26 goals is third best on the the Div. I leaderboard.
Saviano has registered 9-7-16 with a +10 plus/minus rating in 13 games vs. nationally ranked opponents. He posted a career-high four goals twice this season, Oct. 24 vs. Canisius and Jan. 23 vs. Merrimack. He also tallied a career-high five points Jan. 23rd, as well as a career-high three assists Dec. 5 at Clarkson.
Saviano was also named one of 11 finalists for the Walter Brown Award, given annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
In 24 conference games, Saviano amassed 25 points (14g, 11a), which ranked fifth among conference players. He has posted at least one point in 24 of UNH's 39 contests with 11 multi-point games to his credit. Entering his senior season, Saviano had accumulated 23 goals in his previous three seasons as a Wildcat.
The Hobey Hat Trick, which narrows the 10 finalists to three, will be announced on Wednesday, March 31st. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award will be presented as part of the Frozen Four festivities on April 9th at 3 p.m. at Fanueil Hall in Boston.
No. 4 seed UNH (20-13-6, 10-8-6 HE) returns to action on Friday, March 19 vs. the No. 3 seed University of Massachusetts (18-11-6, 12-9-3 HE). Game time at the FleetCenter in Boston is 8 p.m.