BOSTON-- Senior captain Brian Yandle (Milton, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was named one of fifteen finalists for the Walter Brown Award on Monday afternoon, which was announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The Walter Brown Award is presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
Yandle, in his senior season as a Wildcat, has posted 24 points (6g, 18a) which ranks fourth on UNH's roster. His 18 assists rank third on the team and his 127 shots are a team best and rank third among conference players. Yandle has scored a point in 20 of 30 games with fourth multiple-point efforts to his credit.
In Hockey East, he is the leading point scoring blueliner and also ranks first in the conference among defensemen with 18 assists. His 0.80 points per game ranks 12th among Div. I blueliners.
In 143 career games, he has totalled 31 goals and 62 assists for 93 points. He needs only seven points to become UNH's 64th member of the 100-point club. Yandle was a Second-Team All-Hockey East selection and a Second-Team All-American scoring 35 points in his junior campaign in 2004-2005.
Five other Wildcats have won the award in the history of the UNH hockey program; Steve Saviano (2004), Mike Ayers (2003), Ty Conklin (2001), Ralph Cox (1979) and Bob Miller (1977).
UNH returns to action on Friday, Feb. 17 at Boston University. Game time at Agganis Arena is 7 p.m. The Wildcats next home game is Saturday, Feb. 18 vs. the Terriers to close out the season series. Game time is 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center. The game will be broadcast live by NHPTV, ESPNU and the NHL Network across Canada.
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