WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Sophomore forward Daniel Winnik (Mississauga, Ontario) and freshman goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) were named CCM Hockey Player of the Week and Superskills Hockey Rookie of the Week by the Hockey East Association on Monday afternoon.
Winnik posted three points on the weekend in two NCAA tournament games, which included the game-winning goal in overtime against Harvard in the opening round on Saturday and a two-point effort in the 4-2 loss to Denver in the Northeast Regional final on Sunday. Winnik was named to the Northeast Regional All-Tournament Team for his outstanding play throughout the weekend.
Winnik finished his sophomore season ranking fifth on the team in scoring with a career-high 40 points (18g, 22a). His goal total was fifth best on the 'Cats' roster and his assist total was tied for fifth.
Regan stopped 81 of 86 shots by the opponent in the Northeast Regional in Amherst, Mass. (.942 save percentage), which included a 42-save effort in the loss to the Pioneers in the Regional final, which was three saves short of a career-best. Regan also made 39 saves in the 3-2 overtime win against Harvard on Saturday afternoon and was named to the Northeast Regional All-Tournament Team for his performance in Amherst.
Regan finished his freshman year making 21 starts and posting a 15-4-2 overall record. His 2.35 GAA and his .928 save percentage were a team best. His .762 winning percentage ranked sixth among Div. I goalies and his save percentage ranked fifth on the national leaderboard.
The No. 8 ranked Wildcats finished the season with a 26-11-5 overall mark and finished tied for second in the Hockey East standings with a 15-5-4 record. UNH won 20 or more games for the ninth straight season. UNH's senior class leaves Durham as only the second class in school history to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in all four seasons of play. The Wildcats were one of five teams in Div. I hockey to earn a trip to the NCAA tournament the last four seasons.