BOSTON, Mass.—For the fourth-consecutive season, three #7/8 UMass Boston men's hockey players were named semifinalists for the Joe Concannon Award.
The Concannon Award is presented annually to the best American-born NCAA DII/DIII college hockey player in New England. Colin Larkin ('18) became the first Beacon in program history to win the award last March, when he was named the winner of the 18th Joe Concannon Award.
The Beacons tied Endicott College and Wesleyan University for the most semifinalists for any team. UMass Boston has now had three honorees in four-straight seasons and had three of the 25 total nominees this year.
UMass Boston junior forward Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) and sophomore defenseman Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) were two of the nine honorees-who were also recognized as semifinalists last season. Junior goalie Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) was selected as a semifinalist for the first time in his career.
Redler has stepped into the role as the Beacons' top offensive weapon, after Larkin graduated last May. The junior forward leads UMass Boston with 10 goals, 17 assists and 27 points and has also added three power-play tallies and two game-winning goals.
He ranks second in the New England Hockey Conference in points (27) and points per game (1.17) and third in assists (17) and assists per game (0.74). This season he has recorded points in 15 of 23 contests, including multiple-points 11 times. For his career, Redler is just seven points shy of 100 in just 74 career games. He has posted 44 goals, 49 assists, 16 power-play goal and seven game-winning tallies in those 74 contests.
Albano is the only sophomore on the list who has earned the honors multiple times. After being named the USCHO.com National Rookie of the Year, he has put together a solid sophomore campaign. He ranks second on the team in assists with 14 and leads all Beacons' blue liners with 18 points.
Albano has also tacked on one power-play goal and one game-winning tally in 22 appearances. He leads all New England Hockey Conference defenseman with his 14 assists and 18 points and ranks tied for second with four goals. The sophomore defenseman has recorded points in 14 contests and multiple points three times.
MacBurnie earns his first career regional honors after putting together a career year as a junior. He is joined by Wesleyan junior goalie Tim Sestak, as the only two goalies to earn spots on the list. MacBurnie is on pace to set new career-best marks in wins, save percentage and goals against average. In 21 appearances this season, he has posted a 16-4-1 record with a 1.62 goals against average, a .935 save percentage and three shutouts.
MacBurnie leads the NEHC in goals against average and winning percentage (.786) and ranks second in save percentage (.935). On the national stage, MacBurnie sits seventh in all of Division III in goals against average and winning percentage, tied for eighth in shutouts and 11th in save percentage. MacBurnie is first in program history in career goals against average (2.25), tied for first in career shutouts (five) and second in career wins (35) and save percentage (.919).