Merrimack senior goaltender Joe Cannata was named the goaltender on Hockey East’s First All Star Team on Thursday night at the league’s annual banquet. Fellow senior Karl Stollery was named to the second team.
Cannata will graduate as Merrimack’s all-time leader in wins, games played, minutes played, saves, goals-against and save percentage. He started all but one game in his final two years and allowed only 27 even strength goals (excluding empty netters) in 27 league games this season. The Wakefield native surrendered more than two goals only eight times this year, as Merrimack went 18-2-4 when scoring two or more goals. Cannata has a 2.18 goals-against and a .925 save percentage this season and a career goals-against of 2.47 and a save percentage of .915.
Stollery became Merrimack’s all-time leader for career games played after playing in his 145th career game last Sunday. Missing only one game in his career, Stollery led Merrimack defenders with seven goals and 21 points this season to go with a +13 rating. Merrimack’s leader in ice time in all four years of his collegiate career, Stollery was an assistant captain last year and was the team’s lone captain this season. In 145 career games, Stollery has 83 career points, second in Merrimack’s Division I history among defenders.
Hockey East Awards
Player of the Year: Spencer Abbott, Maine
Coach of the Year: Norm Bazin, Lowell
Rookie of the Year: Scott Wilson, Lowell
First Team All Stars
F – Spencer Abbott, maine
F – Brian Flynn, Maine
F – Barry Almeida, Boston College
D – Brian Dumoulin, Boston College
D – Adam Clendening, Boston University
G – Joe Cannata, Merrimack
Second Team All Stars
F – Joey Diamond, Maine
F – Chris Kreider, Boston College
F – Chris Connolly, Boston University
D – Karl Stollery, Merrimack
D – Garrett Noonan, Boston University
G – Doug Carr, Lowell