Matt O'Connor, Soph, G - Pretty much a no brainer here. OC has been one of the bright spots in the first half, putting the team on his back more nights than not. Playing in 13 of 17 games (12 starts), Matt posted a 6-4-2 record with a 2.61 goals against average and .929 save percentage. He faced 467 shots and made 434 saves, good for 3rd and T-2nd in Hockey East, although he played over 100 fewer minutes than the two players ahead of/tied with him (Gillies and Mastalerz). The sophomore made over 35 saves 7 times, including 37 and 55 against North Dakota (win/tie) and 37 in an epic 3-2 win over Cornell at Red Hot Hockey.
Robbie Baillargeon, Fr, F - While Nick Roberto and Doyle Somerby put up a good fight, Robbie takes this one by the length of a carrot.
-Live footage of Baillargeon when he runs across some carrots in the dining hall
Matt Lane, Soph, F - We went back and forth between Mike Moran and Laner on this one, but we ultimately decided to give it to Matt. His 4-7-11 line is already past his total from last season (4-3-7) as he has taken his game to another level while contributing top 6 forward minutes to the Terriers. His +2 rating is also much better than his -6 from a year ago. Lane is not only contributing 5 on 5 but has been a staple up front on both the power play and the penalty kill.
Danny O'Regan, Soph, F - O'Regan is so crucial to the Terriers up front as he, like Lane, plays top 6 forward minutes as well as contributing on the power play and penalty kill. 'Duck' may be off to a slower start than expected but he matched his point total from the first half last season with 11 points. Of course he ended last season with 38 points by pouring in 27 points in the second half of the year. We wouldn't be surprised at all if he did this again this year as he has a great knack for banging in loose pucks in front of the net.
Garrett Noonan, Sr, D - Another close award, as Ahti Oksanen also had a strong first half, but Garrett wins this one. Noons put up a solid 3-9-12 line in 16 games played and is a factor whenever he is out on the ice. He certainly strengthens up the entire D corps when he is out there which is quite often as he is a member of all three units as well (even strength, power play, penalty kill).