Hockey East Well-Represented With Four Mike Richter Award Semifinalists

One is a repeat semifinalist

by abournenesn

Feb 22, 2022

The list of Mike Richter Award candidates has been whittled down from 35 players on the watch list to 11 who have been named semifinalists, and Hockey East is well-represented.

Boston University, Northeastern, UMass Lowell and Providence all have players on the list of semifinalists.

Here are the local players who cracked the list as well as a bit about their seasons:

Drew Commesso (Boston University)
Commesso became the youngest goalie to start for the U.S. men’s Olympic team, having just returned from playing for Team USA at the Beijing Olympics. The sophomore has a .915 save percentage and 2.48 goals-against average.

His more recent stretch with the Terriers has been even more impressive, with a 7-1-1 record and a 1.63 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in his last nine starts.

Devon Levi (Northeastern)
Levi, who leads Hockey East with a .948 save percentage, 1.55 goals against average and nine shutouts, has been named a semifinalist for the award, which is presented annually to the top NCAA men’s goaltender.

The sophomore, who is fresh off an appearance at the Beijing Olympics where he played for Team Canada, has a 16-7-1 record this season. Levi would be the second player in school history to win the award, joining Cayden Primeau (2018-19).

Owen Savory (UMass Lowell)
Savory ranks sixth in the country in goals-against average (1.91) and is tied for ninth in save percentage (.925). The senior also is a Hobey Baker Award nominee.

The Ontario native has appeared in 23 games for the Riverhawks this season.

Jaxson Stauber (Providence)
Stauber has a 2.11 goals-against average and .924 save percentage through 33 games this season.

The junior is a repeat semifinalist, having also been considered for the award last season. He also is a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, which is awarded to the top American-born player in New England college hockey.

The list will be reduced to three finalists in March and the winner will be announced at the Frozen Four in April.

Thumbnail photo via Northeastern University Athletics
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