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Milner Earns Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors

Junior Parker Milner captured league defensive player of the week honors after holding three opponents to 2 goals or fewer last week.

Junior Parker Milner captured league defensive player of the week honors after holding three opponents to 2 goals or fewer last week.

Feb. 20, 2012

Boston College goaltender Parker Milner has earned Hockey East Association Defensive Player of the Week honors after limiting opponents to two goals or fewer and backstopping BC to three victories last week.

The 6-foot-1, 197-pound junior stopped 79-of-84 shots faced last week, registering a 1.50 goals against average and a .940 save percentage in nearly 200 minutes of action. The Eagles captured a 3-2 overtime win over Boston University in the Beanpot championship game last Monday (Feb. 13) and earned consecutive wins over Merrimack on Friday, Feb. 17 (4-2) and Saturday, Feb. 18 (2-1).

Milner and BC, winners of seven straight, are averaging 4.7 goals per game while allowing an average of 1.7 goals against during this stretch. The team has scored 9 power-play goals and 5 shorthanded goals in the last seven games. Freshman Johnny Gaudreau (6 goals, 5 assists) and junior Chris Kreider (5 goals, 6 assists) have each tallied a team-high 11 points in the last 7 games.

Milner, a Pittsburgh, Pa. native, is 17-5-0 as a starting goaltender in 2011-12. He has a 2.14 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. In 44 career starts during his three years, he is 30-9-1 with a 2.28 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

The weekly award marks the first of the season for Milner.

Boston College (21-10-1, 15-7-1 Hockey East) is atop the PairWise Rankings and Hockey East standing and is ranked No. 2 in both national polls released on Monday.

The Eagles return to action on Friday, Feb. 24 at Providence at 7 p.m. BC will host Providence to conclude the two-game weekend series the following afternoon. Saturday's home game will faceoff at 3:30 p.m. will be broadcast by the New England Sports Network.

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