MARSHFIELD, Mass.—Led by New England Hockey Conference Co-Player of the Year Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.), #9/9 UMass Boston men's hockey placed five players on the NEHC All-Conference Team, the league office announced Thursday morning.
Redler and Norwich junior goaltender Tom Aubrun, the conference's top point-scorer and top goalie, split the vote on two occasions to earn Co-Player of the Year honors. Redler becomes only the second player in program history to be recognized as a Conference Player of the Year, joining former linemate Colin Larkin ('18) who won the award the past two years.
Sophomore defenseman Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) joined Redler on the All-Conference First Team, while Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.), Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) and Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) were all named to the NEHC Third Team.
UMass Boston led all NEHC squads with their five players on the three All-Conference teams and were tied with Hobart College for the most honorees on the First Team.
Redler earned his first career First Team honors, after being named to the NEHC Rookie Team as a freshman and the Second Team as a sophomore. The junior forward paced all players during conference play with his 23 points (nine goals and 14 assists). He ranked first in power-play goals during conference play with five, tied for first in power-play points with 10, third in assists with 14, and tied for sixth in goals (nine) and game-winning goals (two).
Overall, Redler leads the Beacons and ranks tied for first amongst all NEHC skaters with his 33 points in 25 contests. He is tied for first with six power-play goals and 14 power-play points and ranks in the top-five on the season with his team-leading 14 goals and 19 assists. The Joe Concannon Award Semifinalist has posted at least one point in 16 of 25 games and multiple points 12 times. He put together his biggest game of the season in the most important contest, as he recorded a career-best four goals and six points to help UMass Boston capture the NEHC Regular-Season Title on the final day of the regular season. Redler enters the postseason needing one point to become the 17thplayer in program history to record 100 career points.
Albano is one of just two players to earn back-to-back NEHC First Team All-Conference honors. The sophomore defenseman led all NEHC blue-liners during conference play with his 13 assists and 17 total points. He also finished tied for first in power-play points with 10 and tied for fourth in total assists with 13.
On the season, Albano leads all NEHC defenseman with his 16 assists and 22 points in 24 appearances. He ranks second on the Beacons with his 16 assists and tied for second with 22 total points. Albano also chipped in with three power-play goals and two game-winning tallies. He recorded points in 15 of his 24 contests and posted multiple points four times. Albano saved his best for last, as he recorded a season-high two goals and four points in the Beacons' 8-4 win over rival Babson College on the final day of the regular season.
A year after being named NEHC Rookie of the Year, Bross cracked the top three teams for the first time, after being named to the NEHC Third Team. The sophomore transitioned from playing wing to forward and took on added responsibilities by playing on the penalty kill. During conference play, Bross racked up seven goals and nine assists and he also tacked on three power-play tallies, one short-handed goal and one game-winning marker. He finished tied for second in conference play with his three power-play goals and tied for ninth in overall goals.
Overall, Bross sits tied for second on the Beacons with his nine goals and 22 points and third with 13 assists. The sophomore forward leads the Beacons, and sits tied for first in the NEHC with his two short-handed goals. Bross recorded points in 14 of 23 contests and registered multiple points four times. He recorded his lone game-winning goal of the season in a key NEHC win at Skidmore College on February 1. Bross also came through with a career-high four assists/points in the Beacons' NEHC Regular-Season clinching win against Babson.
Chuckran becomes just the second defenseman in program history to earn All-Conference honors in at least three seasons, joining All-American Tyler Bishop ('17). The Beacons senior captain was named to the NEHC All-Rookie Team in 2016 and then was recognized on the NEHC Third Team in 2018. This season, Chuckran recorded one goal and seven assists during conference play, while helping UMass Boston lead the conference from start-to-finish. Chuckran led a Beacons' blue line that finished second in the NEHC in conference play with a 1.94 goals against average.
The senior defenseman registered one goal and 11 assists in 23 total games and sits tied for fourth on the roster with 11 assists. He posted at least one point 10 times and recorded his first multiple-point game of the season on Senior Day, when he set up a pair of key goals in the Beacons' win over Babson. Chuckran ranks tied for fourth in program history in career games played (106) and has missed just three games throughout his four-year career.
MacBurnie collects his first career All-Conference honors after putting together a career year as a junior. He was in the running for both goalie and player of the year honors, before the Beacons engaged in several high-scoring games the final two weekends of the season. MacBurnie is the first Beacon goalie to earn All-Conference honors since 2011-12, when Kevin Bendel ('12) was named the ECAC East Goalie of the Year. Despite seeing his numbers take a small spike, he finished second during conference play in goals against average (1.82) and fifth in save percentage (.926). He also led all NEHC goalies in conference play in wins (13) and winning percentage (.794).
On the season, MacBurnie posted a new career-high in wins (17) and winning percentage (.761) and is on pace to set new career-best marks in save percentage (.930) and goals against average (1.74). He ranks tied for first amongst NEHC goalies overall in goals against average and second in save percentage. MacBurnie has posted 20 or more saves in 17 of his 23 appearances and 30 or more saves four times. He put together two of his best showings against nationally-ranked Hobart College, as he finished with a combined 70 saves on 75 shots in a win and a tie.