ALBANY, N.Y. - The finalists for the 2018-19 Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year Award have been announced, and Matthew Galajda (Cornell), Jake Kielly (Clarkson), and Andrew Shortridge (Quinnipiac) have all been named top-three finalists.
After fighting his way through an early season injury, Galajda got back to the top of his game in the second half of the year, posting a 1.98 goals-against average, and .916 save percentage. Since the start of 2019, the sophomore has allowed two or less goals in 11 of his 14 starts, including three shutouts against league opponents. He ended the season with a 13-7-3 record, helping the Big Red earn a share of the Cleary Cup.
Kielly was a regular presence in net for Clarkson this year, starting in 28 of the teams 34 games in 2018-19. He led the league with 22 wins, finishing with a record of 22-10-2, including a 13-7-2 mark in ECAC Hockey contests. He ranked second in the league in save percentage (.928), and goals-against average (1.92), and saves (821).
Shortridge had a breakout junior campaign for the Bobcats, leading the league in both save percentage (.944), and goals-against average (1.39). He also posted the highest winning percentage among ECAC Hockey goalies, closing out the regular-season with a record of 17-4-2. He had six shutouts in 2018-19, five of which came against league opponents, with the sixth coming against UMass, who was ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time.
The Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year award is sponsored by MAC Goaltending, the official Goaltending sponsor of ECAC Hockey. This year’s winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 20.
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