March 13, 2012

Cornell Men’s Ice Hockey Sophomore Netminder Andy Iles Earns Nomination for ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year Award

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As the men’s ice hockey team comes out of the weekend with a win against Dartmouth — which advances the team to the ECAC Hockey Championship finals for the fifth consecutive year  — Lynah Faithful’s superstar sophomore goalie Andy Iles was named one of three finalists for the ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year.

The award is named after Ken Dryden ’69,  one of Cornell’s most famous and celebrated goalies, led the Red to the 1967 NCAA Championships and three consecutive ECAC tournament championships. Dryden then played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1971-79, where he won six Stanley cups and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

After another incredible bout of victories and Cornell pride, Iles was one of the key components to the successful season that Cornell hopes to culminate with a win. Four out of five of Iles’ shutouts this season came in consecutive league games, leading him to set a record for the longest in-league shutout streak (286 minutes, 54 seconds). To top off the plethora of achievements that Iles has racked up, he was named to the All-Ivy first team two weeks ago — becoming the sixth first-team Ivy goalie for the Red in the last 12 years. Iles was also third in the league in goals-against average (1.99) and save percentage (.922).

The Red last won the award in 2010 when it was awarded to Ben Scrivens ’10 during his senior season. Iles’ competitors for the honor are Union sophomore Troy Goresnick and Clarkson senior Paul Karpowich. The league will release this season’s award winner on Thursday, so Lynah Faithfuls will need to keep their fingers crossed for Iles as the week continues.

Original Author: Haley Velasco