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Cornell Announces Postseason Awards

Cornell Announces Postseason Awards

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Cornell men's hockey held its annual postseason banquet Saturday at the Lake Watch Inn, announcing its postseason award-winners for the 2017-18 season. Freshman goaltender Matthew Galajda took home the night's top honor by winning the Nicky Bawlf Award as the team's most valuable player.
 
Senior Jared Fiegl was the only member of the team to win three awards on the night, with junior Mitch Vanderlaan winning two. Seniors Alex RauterHayden Stewart and Trevor Yates, junior Anthony Angello, sophomore Connor Murphy and freshman Morgan Barron also received awards. Each award is voted upon by the players on the 2017-18 roster.
 
Galajda had one the greatest freshman seasons in the history of the storied program, becoming the first freshman to win the Nicky Bawlf Award since Corrie D'Alessio in 1988. He led the country with a 1.51 goals against average and nine shutouts, and he ranked third with a .939 save percentage. Galajda is the program's first freshman to win All-America honors, where he was recently placed on the East Region first team. He was tabbed the ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goalie of the Year, ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year, Ivy League Player of the Year, Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and he garnered first-team honors on both the All-Ivy League and All-ECAC Hockey squads. Additionally, Galajda became the first freshman goaltender to ever be named one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, and he was also one of five finalists for the Mike Richter Award.
 
Fiegl received the Ironman Award for the second straight year. Presented to the player who, in spite of being bruised, broken, spliced, or other hurt, most demonstrates the will and determination to overcome injury and contribute to the team, the award was created in honor of Mike Schafer '86, the Jay R. Bloom '77 Head Coach of Men's Hockey. Fiegl was also presented the Cornell Hockey Association award, given annually to the player whose contributions to the team don't show up in the box score, but rather are in the form of energy, heart and hustle.
 
Fiegl, Vanderlaan and Murphy were each presented the Wendall and Francelia Earle Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. The annual award is presented to the member in each class who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average, with this year's winner from the freshman class to be determined after the completion of the spring semester. Vanderlaan's second honor was the Joe DeLibero-Stan Tsapis Award for skilled efficiency, unselfish dedication and hard-nosed competitive desire. One of the Big Red's co-captain, Vanderlaan battled back from an injury in the final month of the regular season to score three goals in the team's ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series sweep of Quinnipiac.
 
The Sam Woodside Award for overall career improvement by a senior went to Rauter, who emerged as a key contributor in his final two seasons after playing in just 26 games over his first two years. All but six of Rauter's 43 career points came over the last two seasons, and he even shifted back to defense in spurts to help the team when it was riddled with injuries on the blue line. Rauter signed a professional contract with the ECHL's Atlanta Gladiators immediately after the conclusion of the Big Red's season.
 
Stewart was presented the Mark Weiss Memorial Award, which is awarded to a senior with a career-long dedication and passion for the sport of hockey. Stewart received the second-most playing time among goaltenders in each of his four years on East Hill, but he still posted solid numbers with a 2.01 goals against average, .925 save percentage and three shutouts in just 12 starts. He has been playing with the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones over the last few weeks.
 
The Crimson Cup award, which is given annually to the player who was the standout performer in the season series against rival Harvard, went to Angello after his memorable performance in January at Bright-Landry Hockey Center. He scored all three of the Big Red's goals in a 3-0 victory for the hat trick. Angello signed an entry-level contract with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins last week and has joined the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the remainder of this year.
 
The Greg Ratushny Award for the most promising rookie went to Barron. He was the team's leading scorer among first-years with 18 points on five goals and 13 assists. Barron was particularly hot at the start of the year, when he scored in his first collegiate game in October against Alabama-Huntsville en route to becoming the first freshman in program history to have points in each of his first seven collegiate contests.
 
Yates was tabbed for the Bill Doran Sportsmanship Award after being whistled for just three penalties while tying for the team in scoring on 26 points. Yates joined the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins after the season. Stewart and Galajda were also presented awards for their combined 10 shutouts on the season.
 
The Big Red will announce its captains for the 2018-19 season and the schedule at a later date.