Redler and Albano Tabbed AHCA Second Team All-Americans

Redler and Albano Tabbed AHCA Second Team All-Americans

GLOUCSTER, Mass.—For the fourth-straight season, UMass Boston men's hockey placed two players on the CCM Division II-III All-American Teams, the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) announced Thursday evening at the Frozen Four Banquet.

UMass Boston junior forward Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) and sophomore defenseman Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) each were named AHCA East Second Team All-Americans. 

The Beacons were one of eight teams to have multiple players honored and the only team in the New England Hockey Conference to have two players recognized. Norwich goaltender Tom Aubrun (Third Team), who joined Redler as NEHC Co-Players of the Year, was the only other NEHC player to be selected.

UMass Boston has now had at least one AHCA All-American in seven-straight seasons under 2016 AHCA National Coach of the Year Peter Belisle. The Beacons have had exactly two honorees in each of the past four years and 11 total since 2013. Prior to their current run, Bill Innocent ('92) was the only player in program history to have been named an AHCA All-American. 

Redler earns his first All-American honors after being selected as an All-Region pick as a sophomore. The Beacons junior forward led UMass Boston this season in goals (15), assists (19), points (34) and power-play goals (six). He paced the entire NEHC in points (34) and points per game (1.21) and also finished tied for first in power-play goals (six) and power-play points (14).

He added two game-winning goals and one hat trick, to help UMass Boston capture their third regular-season title in program history. Redler posted at least one point in 17 of his 28 appearances and finished with multiple points 11 times. He started the year off by scoring the game-winning goal in two of the Beacons first three games and recorded eight points in the team's first four contest. The junior forward closed out the regular season with the best game of his career, as he netted a career-best four goals and six total points.

Albano becomes just the third player in program history to earn multiple AHCA All-American honors. He joins two-time All-American defenseman Tyler Bishop ('17) and 2018 Sid Watson Award Winner Colin Larkin ('18) as the only players to have been recognized on two occasions. Albano is also one of just six 2019 AHCA All-Americans to have been previously recognized and he is the only two-time All-American as a sophomore. 

The 2018 Second Team All-American finished with six goals, 16 assists and 22 points in 27 contests. He tacked on three power-play goals and two game-winning tallies. Albano led all NEHC defenseman in points (22) and points per game (0.81) and finished third in power-play points (13). He recorded at least one point in 15 contests and posted multiple points four times. Albano put together his best game of the season in the regular season finale, when he recorded a pair of goals and two assists in a 8-4 win over rival Babson College.