Quinnipiac men's ice hockey's Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) has been announced as one of the ten finalists for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the top college hockey player in the country. Hartzell was also named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year on the eve of the ECAC Hockey Championship weekend.
Hartzell is currently 26-5-5 for a .792 winning percentage, good for second in the country. Hartzell also boasts a 1.50 goals against average (3rd NCAA) and a .935 save percentage (T7th NCAA). Hartzell was a three-time ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month (November, December, January) and a two-time Goalie of the Week (Dec. 4, Jan. 9). Hartzell was also featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd" which highlights the top amateur athletes on a weekly basis.
Hartzell's four shutouts this season are a program single-season record and are tied for second in NCAA Division I hockey. In addition, Hartzell's nine career shutouts put him in a tie with Bud Fisher for the most in Quinnipiac history. For his career, Hartzell is 54-25-17 with a 1.96 GAA and a .924 save percentage, both of which are program records. His 1.59 GAA this season the fourth best in ECAC Hockey history, while his career 1.98 GAA is good for 7th all-time in league history. His .935 save percentage in 2012-13 is tied for 9th all-time with Ken Dryden (68-69) and Troy Grosenick (11-12) while his .924 career save percentage is tied for 9th with Dov Grumet-Morris (2002-05). In 22 ECAC Hockey games, Hartzell was 17-2-3 (.841 win% - 1st ECAC ) with a 1.43 GAA (2nd ECAC) and a .935 save percentage (3rd ECAC). Hartzell's 26 wins this season are also a program single-season record.
Hartzell has back-stopped a Quinnipiac defense that has allowed the fewest goals per game (1.59) in NCAA hockey as the 6-4 goalie has allowed two or fewer goals in 32-of-36 games this season. He also went undefeated in 21 straight games from Nov. 9 to Feb. 9, in which he posted a record of 18-0-3 with a .937 save percentage and a 1.41 GAA with three shutouts.
Hartzell opened the season with a 31-save performance against Maine in a 2-1 win on Oct. 6. He stopped 24 shots in a 2-0 shutout at Providence on Nov. 20 before following with a 20-save outing in a 4-0 shutout against Union on Nov. 30. A week later, he stopped 18 in a 3-0 win at Princeton on Dec. 8. He then stopped 60 of 65 total shots in a two-game sweep of Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 29-30. On Feb. 1 and 2, he had back-to-back 30-save nights at Brown and Yale before also stopping 30 of 31 in a 4-1 win against Yale on Feb. 22.
The ten finalists were selected by voting from all 59 Division I college hockey head coaches and by online fan balloting at www.hobeybakeraward.com. Next, the 23-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting (at www.hobeybakeraward.com from March 21-31) will determine this year's Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award include: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.