After starting both games over the weekend – including a 3-2 win over Northeastern Friday night – Massachusetts goaltender Henry Dill was named Hockey East rookie of the week.
Dill, a freshman from Columbus, Ohio, started both games for the Minutemen (2-3, 1-2 HE), who split a weekend series in Boston. Dill backstopped UMass in the Friday win, and recorded 42 saves on the night. On Saturday, the Minutemen fell to No. 6 Boston College, but Dill finished with a respectable 27 saves, and only allowed three goals. On the weekend, Dill posted a save percentage of .932.
The win against Northeastern was the second of Dill’s career, out of just three total starts. His performance drew praise from UMass coach John Micheletto.
“From a coaching standpoint, seeing a freshman respond to a two-game weekend, not knowing how it would work out for him mentally or physically, is really encouraging,” Micheletto said. “He certainly proved that he can play two games in a weekend and perform at a high level against really strong competition.”
While Micheletto has not announced who will start in goal against Maine next weekend, it would be a surprise if Dill didn’t make an appearance in at least one game of the weekend series.