Galajda Named League’s Goaltender-of-the-Year

Galajda Named League’s Goaltender-of-the-Year

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey (@ecachockeyMWD1) today announced Matthew Galajda, Cornell has been selected the 2017-18 Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year Award by the League’s coaches.

Galajda has wasted little time establishing himself as one of the nation's top goaltenders, backstopping Cornell to its first Cleary Cup since 2005. While he remains the national leader in goals-against average and shutouts, his numbers within ECAC Hockey play this year were even better. His 1.34 goals-against average in league play was the lowest since Cornell's own David McKee in 2004-05 (1.17). He only allowed 26 goals, while making 471 saves in conference action, boasting a .948 save percentage.

It's also the lowest goals-against average by a freshman in league play since those statistics became available in the 1978-79 season. Seven of Galajda’s nine shutouts so far this season came within his 20 starts in ECAC Hockey play. He has blown away the previous Cornell record for most clean sheets by a freshman, and his shutout streak of 227 minutes, 11 seconds back in January was the second-longest such streak in Big Red program history and 13th all-time on the NCAA Division I list.

Galajda becomes the fifth Big Red goaltender to win the Ken Dryden Award and the first since Ben Scrivens, who earned the League’s top goaltending honor in 2010. He is also the second Cornell netminder to win both Rookie of the Year and Goaltender of the Year in the same season as David McKee accomplished the the feat in 2004.

He was recently named a semifinalist for the 2018 Mike Richter Award and ECAC Hockey Player of the Year.

Galajda and the rest of the Big Red are back in action at 4 p.m. Friday, when it takes on Princeton in the semifinals of the ECAC Hockey Championships at 1980 Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid.

Other finalists for this year’s top goaltending honor were Jake Kielly, Clarkson, Jake Kupsky, Union and Colton Point, Colgate.