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UMD men's hockey: Bulldogs' Fanti named NCHC Goaltender of the Year

Ryan Fanti is the second Bulldog to be named NCHC Goaltender of the Year along with two-time honoree Hunter Shepard.

Men's hockey players in black uniforms compete against players in white uniforms at Amsoil Arena
Minnesota Duluth goaltender Ryan Fanti (39) deflects a shot on goal against Western Michigan on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.
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ST. PAUL — Minnesota Duluth junior goaltender Ryan Fanti was named the NCHC Goaltender of the Year on Thursday night during the NCHC Awards at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

An All-NCHC first-team selection as well this season, Fanti’s .918 save percentage in league play during the regular season and his 2.13 goals against average over 23 conference games both ranked first in the league. Overall during the regular season, no other NCHC starter came close to matching Fanti’s .921 save percentage and 1.97 GAA in 31 games. Fanti also had four shutouts, including three in NCHC play.

One of 11 semifinalists for the Mike Richter Award as national goalie of the year, Fanti is one only the second Bulldogs goaltender to win the NCHC Goaltender of the Year Award along with two-time winner Hunter Shepard (2018-19, 2019-20).

Fanti was the fourth UMD goalie to be named All-NCHC in the league’s nine seasons and the second goalie to land on the first team, joining Hunter Shepard (2018-19, 2019-20). The Bulldogs have had an All-NCHC first, second and rookie team goalie in six of the league’s nine seasons.

Senior wing Tanner Laderoute was a finalist for NCHC Defensive Forward of the Year, however, that award went to North Dakota fifth-year senior Connor Ford.

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You can read the full rundown of NCHC award winners here.

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