DURHAM, N.H. - Senior goaltender Ty Conklin (Anchorage, Alaska) of University of New Hampshire menís ice hockey team has been named a Hobey Baker Finalist for the second straight season by the Hobey Baker selection committee. Conklin was named to the Hockey East first-team, earned Hockey East goaltending champion honors with a 1.83 GAA and was runner-up for Hockey East Player of the Year at the conference banquet on Thursday night at the Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.
In 93 career games, Conklin owns a 57-23-12 record with a 2.18 GAA and a .915 save percentage and owns a career .685 winning percentage...In the 2001 season, Conklin was 17-12-5 with a 2.05 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week a record six times and was named Player of the Week (Jan. 7) and Goaltender of the Month for February. Conklin recorded a career-high 45 saves vs. Boston College on February 16 and picked up his 54th career victory, a new UNH record on February 10 vs. Providence College. Conklin ranks among the top 10 in the nation in every statistical category for goaltenders.
Conklin was 8-3-4 vs. nationally-ranked teams with a 1.44 GAA and a .949 save percentage. He also recorded scoreless streaks of 171:56 and 141:19 this year. UNH’s team defense is currently No. 1 in Hockey East and third in the nation. He has the second lowest GAA of any goalie who played more than 2,000 minutes and is one of 11 netminders to record 17 wins or more.
Conklin leaves UNH with the following school records: career GAA (2.18), career wins (57), career save percentage (.915) and games played with 93. In the UNH single-season record book, Conklin holds three of the top four spots in GAA with 1.84, 2.18 and 2.51. Conklin also broke the UNH single-season record for shutouts with five in 2001. In the Hockey East record book, Conklin broke career records for best GAA with 2.12 and save percentage with .917. In the Hockey East single-season book, Conklin now owns the best save percentage with a .930 mark and also owns the record for shutouts with four and the lowest GAA with a 1.64.
Conklin is one of three UNH players ever to be named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Jason Krog was a finalist in 1998 and 1999, while Mark Mowers was a finalist in 1998 along with Krog. Krog won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award in 1999.
The Hobey Baker award winner will be announced in a live telecast from the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament in Albany, N.Y. on Friday, April 16, 2001.