ALBANY, N.Y. - The finalists for the 2018-19 Best Defensive Defenseman award have been released, and Greg Moro (Clarkson), Matt Nuttle (Cornell), and Chase Priskie (Quinnipiac) have all been named top-three finalists.
Moro was the leader of a Clarkson defense that allowed just 2.0 goals per-game this season, pacing the way for a 22-10-2 record in 2018-19. The Golden Knights were strong in man-down situations, killing off 85% of penalties during the regular-season. Moro finished the year with 34 blocked shots, and a +15 plus/minus rating. He also aided in the offensive end, recording nineteen points this season on five goals and 14 assists.
In his senior season, Nuttle anchored a Cornell defense that limited its opponents to less than 25 shots per-game, limiting opponents to two or less goals in 19 of the teams 29 games. Nuttle finished the season with 51 blocked shots, and was extremely efficient for the Big Red, posting a +19 plus/minus rating. Cornell ended the year with a 13-5-4 league record, as Nuttle ends his career with back-to-back Cleary Cup trophies.
Priskie, who has excelled as an offensive defenseman over the past four years, stepped up his game defensively this season, leading a Bobcat team that limited opponents to just 1.9 goals per-game. The senior blocked 33 shots this season, some of which came on the penalty kill where Quinnipiac shut its opponents down at an 87% clip. He also contributed on the offensive end, posting 39 points (17G, 22A) in 2018-19.
The Best Defensive Defenseman award will be announced on Tuesday, March 19.
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