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UMD men's hockey: Bulldogs announce 2021-22 team awards

Junior goaltender Ryan Fanti, who signed with the Edmonton Oilers, was named team MVP.

Minnesota Duluth plays Denver in regional final game in Loveland
Minnesota Duluth goaltender Ryan Fanti (39) stops a shot on goal from Denver forward Cameron Wright (16) during the NCAA regional championship game on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado.
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DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth junior goaltender Ryan Fanti was named the Bulldogs' most valuable player in 2021-22, netting him the Keith Christiansen Award as UMD announced its team award winners Wednesday .

Fanti, who signed with the Edmonton Oilers after the season, backstopped the Bulldogs to an NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship and to the NCAA regional final in Loveland, Colorado, where UMD lost to eventual national champion Denver. A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Fanti posted a .929 save percentage and 1.83 goals against average with seven shutouts. He was the NCHC Goaltender of the Year, a first-team All-NCHC selection and the NCHC Frozen Faceoff's most outstanding player.

Other team award winners for UMD in 2021-22 include:

Freshman center Dominic James: Jerry Chumola Award for top rookie
Sophomore wing Blake Biondi: Mike Sertich Award for most improved player
Sophomore goaltender Zach Stejskal: Goldie Wolfe Award for the most inspirational player
Redshirt senior goaltender Ben Patt: Pat Francisco Award for contributions in the local community

LOOKING BACK AT THE 2021-22 UMD MEN'S HOCKEY SEASON:
Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin said junior goaltender Ryan Fanti and sophomore defenseman Wyatt Kaiser have been ruled out for this weekend's series at Northern Michigan due to COVID-19 protocols. With sophomore goaltender Zach Stejskal also out fighting cancer, that opens the door for redshirt senior Ben Patt to make his first start in goal as a Bulldog.

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