Bulldog Sophomore Leads Nation
ALBANY, N.Y. – Division I's statistical leader in net has been named the winner of ECAC Hockey's Ken Dryden Award as its top goalie. Alex Lyon, Yale's sophomore sensation, earned the award voted by the conference coaches and announced tonight at the ECAC semifinals.
The Baudette, Minn., native was also a finalist for the conference player of the year.
Lyon, who leads the nation in goals against (1.58), save percentage (.939) and shutouts (7), all of which are school records, also set a Yale record for career (10) shutouts this winter. The 2013-14 co-Ivy League Rookie of the Year was a first-team pick this winter.
"My numbers this year are directly related to the guys in front of me," Lyon said last weekend after notching his seventh shutout of the season, a 2-0 win over Harvard in the ECAC playoffs. "There's no doubt that we have the best defensemen in the country."
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound acrobatic save machine is a candidate for the Mike Richter Award as the nation's top Division I goalie. He played 94 percent of Yale's net time, including 11 games against teams with offenses ranked in Division I's top 20. In those contests he stopped 276 of 296 (.932) shots and had three shutouts.
"It's a great honor to be honored by the conference. But for a goalie to get awarded is a testament more to the team than the individual," said Lyon.