Men's Ice Hockey Announces Team Awards

Matt Ginn

WORCESTER, Mass.  The Holy Cross men's hockey team has announced its team awards for the 2013-2014 season. The awards were presented at the team's annual banquet on April 15. Junior goaltender Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) earned the Team MVP award for the second straight season and also received the Michael P. Quinn Award. Sophomore Joe McNamara (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) earned the Glenn "Spike" Crane Award. Senior captain Ryan McGrath (Pittsburgh, Pa.) earned the Dr. James M. Stewart Memorial Award. Freshman Mike Barrett (Orland Park, Ill.) earned this season's Seventh Player Award.

After winning the Team MVP last year and the Seventh Player Award his freshman year, Ginn earned the Michael P. Quinn Award this season, in addition to the Team MVP for the second consecutive season. The Michael P. Quinn Award is given to the best defensive Holy Cross hockey player over the course of the season. Ginn played in a program record-tying 35 games this season. He started the first 27 games, enabling his career appearance streak to set a school record with 49 consecutive games played. Ginn also played in a record-setting 2118:04 minutes during the season, breaking his own record. His 1,076 saves broke his previous all-time single-season record and at the end of the Holy Cross season were second in the country. Ginn finished the season with a career-high .916 save percentage that stands as the third highest for a single season in the Division I era of the Holy Cross program and fourth all-time. Ginn this season posted 48 saves during the game at Northeastern, and posted 45 saves in three other games, which put him in net this season for four of the top-10 games with the most saves by a Holy Cross goalie. Ginn averaged 30.74 saves per game during the season. He earned his fourth career shutout during the regular season finale at Army. His 47 career victories, 98 games played, 5879:30 minutes played, 2,699 saves and .913 save percentage all rank second in Division I Holy Cross history.

The Glenn "Spike" Crane Memorial Award is given to the player who excels most in the little things and leads his teammates by example. McNamara played in 36 games this season, starting in 35 games. McNamara posted 10 points on 10 assists during the season. He was also a member of the first line on the penalty kill for the Crusaders, which ranked fourth in the league. He was also a member of a defensive core who finished the season with 658 blocked shots, the most in the country at the time. McNamara himself led the team with 67 blocked shots, which at the time were tied for 33rd in the country. His 1.86 blocked shots tied for 47th in the country at the time the season ended.

The Dr. James M. Stewart Memorial Award is the Coaches Award given for commitment, leadership and performance. McGrath played in 35 games during the season, making appearances on both defense and on the wing. This season was a career-high for McGrath as he scored three goals and posted six assists for nine points. McGrath served as the captain this season as a senior. During his second to last game at the Hart Center, McGrath tallied two assists in the 5-1 victory over RIT in the Atlantic Hockey first round series.

The Seventh Player Award is given to the player who performed above expectations. Barrett played in all 39 games this season, making 24 starts which were the most by any freshman on the team. Barrett also led all Holy Cross freshmen scoring 12 goals and posting eight assists for 20 points. His short-handed goal on Feb. 8 against Sacred Heart was the first short-handed goal scored by a rookie since Dec. 31, 2007. His 12 goals tied for the fifth most by a freshman in Division I history at Holy Cross. Barrett tied for 10th in the conference in rookie scoring, and his three game-winners led the team and tied to lead all rookies in the league. His 401 faceoff victories led the team and led all freshmen nationally for the season. Barrett was also one of only two Crusaders this season to earn AHA weekly honors, as he was named the Rookie of the Week on Dec. 3 after his two-goal and three-point performance during the victory over No. 7 Boston College. Barrett scored his third game-winner of the season in overtime on March 9 to save the Crusaders' season in the deciding game against RIT. Barrett was also a member of a core of centers who finished its season ranked first in the conference and fourth nationally with a faceoff percentage of .542.

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