March 5, 2012
Boston College goaltender Parker Milner has earned a share of Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors, according to a league announcement made on Monday.
Milner, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior, stopped 55-of-56 shots faced in a two-game weekend series sweep of Vermont, capturing his 20th and 21st wins this winter. In 26 starts this season, the Pittsburgh, Pa. native is 21-5-0 with a 1.87 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. He leads all goaltenders in collegiate hockey with a .808 win percentage.
Milner has backstopped Boston College to victories in each of the last 11 games. During that win streak, he has allowed just 13 goals in 11 games (1.16 GAA) and has stopped 272-of-285 shots faced (.954 save percentage). He and the Eagles are facing an average of 26.3 shots per contest.
Most recently, Milner earned Hockey East February Goaltender of the Month accolades. This weekly distinction marks his third in-a-row. He previously captured sole recognition for being the league's defensive player of the week on Feb. 20 and Feb. 27.
Boston College (25-10-1, 19-7-1 Hockey East) earned the top seed for the 28th annual Hockey East Tournament championship after it captured the regular-season title - its record 12th overall and sixth under the direction of Jerry York- with a 4-0 win over Vermont on Saturday, March 3.
The team checks in (unanimously) atop both national polls that were released on Monday.
The No. 1 seeded Eagles will host Massachusetts (13-16-5, 9-14-2 HE), the tournament's No. 8 seed, in a best-of-three game Hockey East quarterfinal playoff series from Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11.
Friday's game, scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff, will be telecast by the NBC Sports Network. Both Friday's game and Saturday's game (at 7 p.m.) will be carried over the radio airwaves by FM 98.5 The Sports Hub.