Murray Becomes Program's First Two-Time Player of the Year and Three-Time Goaltender of the Year
MARSHFIELD, Mass.—After finishing second in the regular-season league standings, the Babson College men's hockey team had three players honored when the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) announced its postseason awards on Thursday afternoon. Senior Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) was selected as both the player and goaltender of the year, classmate Mike Vollmin (Wilmington, N.C.) was named to the league's first-team defense and junior Tim Searles (Chesapeake, Va.) earned an honorable mention nod as a forward.
The league's three-time goalie of the year, Murray becomes the first two-time conference player of the year since Rich Cleaver of Norwich University in 2008. He is 12-4-3 with a 1.62 goals against average, a .938 save percentage and three shutouts in 19 starts this winter, and has been even better in league play, posting a 1.15 goals against average and a .957 save percentage in 13 conference games.
Murray, who became Babson's first league player of the year recipient in 2014 and the only netminder to win the award since 1998, ranks fifth nationally in goals against average, eighth in save percentage and tied for fifth in shutouts. He enters the postseason with a career mark of 60-19-9 and is currently second in Division III history in save percentage (.9393) and fourth all-time with 15 shutouts.
Vollmin earned his second consecutive All-NEHC first-team selection after scoring four goals and recording eight assists for 12 points in 24 contests. A three-time all-conference honoree, he also helped anchor a Babson defensive unit that ranks second nationally in scoring defense (1.68 goals) and has allowed two goals or less in 20 of 25 contests this winter. Vollmin enters the postseason with 14 goals and 44 assists for 58 points in 102 career games.
One of five players to see action in all 25 contests this season, Searles earned an All-NEHC honorable mention selection after scoring a career-high eight goals and producing team highs of 13 assists and 21 points. He's notched a pair of game-winning goals, both in league play, and finished the regular season with six goals and nine assists for 15 points against conference opponents.
No. 9 USCHO.com/No. 10 D3hockey.com Babson (17-5-3, 13-3-2 NEHC), which is ranked sixth in the first NCAA regional rankings, hosts seventh-seeded Skidmore College in an NEHC Tournament Quarterfinal at the Babson Skating Center on Saturday at 7 p.m.