STORRS, Conn. - UConn sophomore goaltender Rob Nichols (Dallas, Texas) was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Huskies to a 4-0 win over UMass last week. Nichols claims his third Hockey East defensive player nod of the season.
Nichols made 29 stops last Friday night to post a 4-0 win over the Minutemen as the Huskies snapped a four-game losing skid and finished the regular season with the No. 9 seed in the upcoming playoffs. Nichols needed to make just three stops in the first period but turned in 11 in the second and 15 in the third to keep UMass off the scoreboard and claim his fourth shutout this season, all at home in the XL Center. Nichols tied Providence's Jon Gillies for the league lead in shutouts and is tied for fourth in the nation in shutout wins.
Heading into the playoffs, Nichols has made 982 saves, ranked second in the country. He will become just the second player in school history to reach 1,000 saves in a season, joining former Husky Garrett Bartus who did it in 2009-10 and 2011-12.
Nichols and the Huskies will begin their playoff run this weekend with a best-of-three series at the No. 8 seed New Hampshire.