BOSTON, MA -- University of New Hampshire junior goaltender Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska) was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Year at the annual Hockey East Awards Banquet Thursday night at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
Conklin guided the Wildcats to a second-place finish in Hockey East and has led UNH to its second-straight appearance in the Hockey East league championships. Conklin has played in 35 games for the Wildcats and earned the most wins of any goaltender in the conference with a 22-6-6 record. He played a league-high 2,054:29 minutes and registered a 2.51 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. In addition, Conklin played superb in tight games, leading UNH to 12 one-goal victories on the season.
Conklin, who earned the Co-Player of the Year Award along with Boston College defenseman Mike Mottau, was also named the All-Hockey East First Team goaltender. In other league awards, UNH’s Mike Souza (Wakefield, Mass.) and Darren Haydar (Milton, Ontario) were named All-Hockey East Second Team forwards, the pair has led the Wildcats throughout the season and are tied for the team lead In points. Through 36 games, Haydar has registered 21 goals and 19 assists for 40 points while Souza has registered 15 goals and 25 assIsts for 40 points. Closing out the individual awards was senior forward John Sadowski (Glenview. III.), who earned the Best Defensive Forward Award. Sadowski, is third on the team in points with 27, but has been a defensive force from the forward position and has led the Wildcats in shorthand and power-play situations.
In addition to the individual awards, UNH took home the Charlie Holt Sportsmanship Award for the second straight season, UNH finished the league as the least penalized team with an average of just 13.58 penalty minutes per league game.
The Wildcats will play Boston College Friday night in the Hockey East semifinals at the FleetCenter at 7 p.m. The winner will then play the winner of Maine-Boston University for the league title Saturday night at the FleetCenter with face-off scheduled for 8 p.m.