BOSTON- Four University of New Hampshire men's hockey players were honored Thursday night at the Hockey East Championship banquet that was held at the Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge.
Senior forward Sean Collins (Reading, Mass.) and junior defenseman Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) were named Second Team All-Hockey East selections, while freshman goalie Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) was one of three netminders named to the All-Rookie Team. Senior forward Preston Callander (Regina, Sask.) earned Best Defensive Forward honors as voted on by the league's nine coaches.
Collins has scored a career-high 51 points in his senior season with 18 goals and 33 assists. He ranks first on the team in assists and his goal total is fourth best on the 'Cats' roster. Collins' point total is best among league players and among the national leaders his 1.34 points per game is seventh best in Div. I hockey. Collins' assist total ranks third in the nation and his point total tied for fourth. Last Thursday night, Collins broke the school record for games played with his 159th against Northeastern in the Hockey East quaterfinals.
Yandle is tied for fifth on the Wildcat roster in scoring with 34 points (12g, 22a) as the leading point scorer among blueliners on the UNH squad. He ranks tied for third nationally among defensemen with 0.92 points per game. He has scored a point in 22 of 38 games for UNH.
Regan has made 18 starts in his first season as a Wildcat posting a record of 13-3-2 (2.47 GAA, .927 save%). In conference play, he registered a 9-2-2 mark with a 2.44 GAA and a .925 save percentage. He ranks second in the league in save percentage and seventh nationally. He allowed two goals or less in 12 of his 18 starts this season. This season's other honors included being named Hockey East Rookie of the Week a league-high four times. Regan has started 10 of the last 11 games for the Wildcats.
Callander has notched a career-high 50 points in his senior season, which ranks second on the UNH roster. His 21 goals rank second on the team and his 29 assists are the second best total on the team. His +18 plus/minus rating is the best of any Wildcat. He ranks ninth in the nation scoring 1.32 points per game. Callander ranked second in league scoring and his 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in conference action was the fifth best mark of any Hockey East skater. He became UNH's 61st player in school history to score 100 career points on Jan. 8th vs. Providence.
The Wildcats (24-9-5, 15-5-4 HE) return to action on Friday, March 18th against Boston University in the semifinals of the Hockey East Championship at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.