BOSTON – Senior assistant captain Chris Murray (Dover, Mass.) and junior goaltender Kevin Regan (South Boston, Mass.) of the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team were named finalists for the 55th annual Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
    Murray and Regan were selected among 15 semifinalists selected by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, as announced by president Dave O’Brien.
Murray and Regan have helped guide UNH to its first No. 1 national ranking in over three years and they have been part of the Wildcat defensive corps that has occupied first place in the Hockey East standings for the majority of the season. UNH’s defense ranks fourth in the nation allowing 1.96 goals per game and in conference play the Wildcats’ top-ranked defense has allowed 1.75 goals per game, leading the team to a 14-2-1 record in league play.
    Murray has played in all 24 games this season for the Wildcats and has tallied a career-high 15 points (7g, 8a) in his senior season. Murray is the second highest blueline scorer on UNH’s roster and in Hockey East he ranks fourth among defensive scorers. His seven goals are best of any Hockey East blueliner and he also has registered four game-winning goals, which ranks tied for second in the conference.
    Regan has started 21 of UNH’s 24 games this season and has posted a 17-3-1 record to date with a 2.03 GAA and a .933 save percentage. Regan ranks third in the league in GAA and first in save percentage. In league play, Regan owns a 13-1-1 record with a 1.75 GAA and .939 save%. He ranks second among conference goalies in GAA (1.75) and first in save percentage (.939). His 83.3% winning percentage is best in Hockey East and ranks second nationally. He also ranks fifth in the nation in GAA and third in save percentage.
    UNH has had five former Wildcats earn the Walter Brown Award including Bob Miller (1977), Ralph Cox (1979), Ty Conklin (2001), Mike Ayers (2003) and Steve Saviano (2004).
    The No. 1 ranked Wildcats return to action Friday, Feb. 2 vs. Maine. Game time at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. is 7 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on College Sports Television (CSTV).
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