Three NEHC Student-Athletes Receive All-American Nods

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MARSHFIELD, Mass. Three New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) student-athletes in Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.), Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) and Tanner Shaw (Toronto, Ont.) were named 2017-2018 Men's CCM Hockey Division II-III All-Americans.

UMass Boston's Larkin was recognized as a First Team forward while his Beacons teammate Albano earned a spot on the Second Team as a defender. Hobart College's Shaw was honored as a Third Team defenseman.

Larkin closes out his career as the most decorated player in program history. This spring alone, he has been named the top player in the NEHC, the top American born player in New England at the DII/III levels (Joe Concannon Award), and the top player in all of Division III.

The two-time New England Hockey Conference Player of the Year ranks fourth in the nation in points per game (1.70) and tied for second in goals per game (0.89). He also sits tied for third in goals (24), sixth in points (46) and tied for second in power-play goals (10).

Albano made an immediate splash and carved out a role as one of the Beacons' top defensemen. Albano was named to the NEHC First Team and NEHC All-Rookie Team. The freshman defenseman ranked third amongst all Division III blue liners with his 35 points and 1.30 points per game and tied for second with his 27 assists. He led the entire NEHC with his 21 power-play points and second with 27 assists. Albano appeared in all 27 contests and finished with five power-play goals and a +8 overall rating.

An alternate captain for the Statesmen, Shaw played in all 29 games this season. He ranked fourth on the team with 13 assists and 19 points and ranked second in the NEHC in defenseman scoring. He was fourth in the league in power-play goals (5), sixth in power-play points (10) and 13th in assists. Shaw logged a career-high six goals this season, including the game winner at New England College.

Shaw anchored the Hobart defense that ranked first in the NEHC and sixth in the nation in scoring defense (1.90). The Statesmen's 1.86 goals against average ranked third on Hobart's single season list. Hobart was also second in the league and 20th in Division III on the penalty kill and third in the NEHC and 13th in the country on the power play (23.2%).