Finalists Named for League’s Rookie-of-the-Year Award

Brian Ferlin, Cornell (l); Patrick McNally, Harvard (c); & Matthew Peca, Quinnipiac (r)
Brian Ferlin, Cornell (l); Patrick McNally, Harvard (c); & Matthew Peca, Quinnipiac (r)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced the finalists for the 2011-12 Men’s Rookie of the Year Award. Brian Ferlin, Cornell, Patrick McNally of Harvard, and Quinnipiac’s Matthew Peca have each been named finalists for the honor by the League’s coaches.  

Ferlin has been a dominant presence in his first season on East Hill. He led the league in rookie scoring for most of the regular-season until an injury kept him sidelined and allowed someone to pass him on the final weekend. Ferlin had seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 19 ECAC Hockey games, which is tied for second in rookie scoring with fellow Cornell forward Joel Lowry and St. Lawrence’s Chris Martin. Additionally, Ferlin is tied for second on the team in overall assists (13) and points (21), while also ranking second with a plus-15 rating. The Big Red last won the award in 2008, when it was given to forward Riley Nash. Other Cornell winners of the award, which was first bestowed in 1962, include David McKee (2004), Kyle Knopp (1996), Kent Maderville (1990), Trent Andison (1988), Joe Nieuwendyk (1985) and Doug Ferguson (1965).

Harvard freshman, Patrick McNally is another finalist for the league’s top rookie award. McNally tied for fifth among rookie scorers in ECAC Hockey play netting 0.68 points per game (4g-11a-15pts). He was ECAC Hockey’s highest-scoring freshman defenseman in league games. The Glen Head, N.Y. native tied for fourth in the ECAC Hockey scoring among all defensemen. In overall contests McNally is the nation’s second-leading scorer among freshman defensemen with 0.76 points per game (5-17-22). McNally helped Harvard hold 15 of its final 16 league opponents to three goals or fewer and limit eight of the final 13 to two goals or fewer and rank fourth in ECAC Hockey in scoring defense. He was also a key player on league’s top power-play, which ranks second nationally and led the nation for most of the regular-season.

The final candidate for the league’s rookie award is Matthew Peca from Quinnipiac. Peca was among rookie leaders in league play averaging 0.91points per game (4g-16a-20pts). He currently ranks second on the Bobcats with 35 overall points  and is tied for the team lead with 27 assists. The forward is just the sixth freshman in Quinnipiac history to record 20 assists in his first season and is just the fifth in program history to reach 30 points in his first year. Peca posted an 11-game point streak which was the second longest in program history for a freshman. He was tabbed at the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week on 10/24/11, 2/28/12 and 03/06/12.

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