2011–12 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season

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The 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season began on October 1, 2011 and concluded with the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament's championship game on April 7, 2012 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. This was the 65th season in which an NCAA ice hockey championship was held and is the 117th year overall where an NCAA school fielded a team.

Pre-season polls[edit]

The top 20 from USCHO.com/CBS College Sports, September 26, 2011, and the top 15 from USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, September 26, 2011.[1][2] First place votes are in parentheses.

USCHO.com/CBS College Sports
Ranking Team
1 Notre Dame (11)
2 Miami (OH) (12)
3 North Dakota (5)
4 Denver
5 Boston College (5)
6 Michigan
7 Colorado College
8 Minnesota–Duluth (10)
9 Yale (1)
10 Boston University (2)
11 Union
12 New Hampshire
13 Western Michigan
14 Nebraska–Omaha
15 Merrimack
16 Maine
17 Wisconsin
18 Rensselaer
19 Minnesota
20 Cornell
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Ranking Team
1 Miami (OH) (15)
2 Notre Dame (4)
3 North Dakota (3)
4 Denver
5 Boston College (1)
6 Boston University (3)
7 Colorado College
8 Yale (2)
9 Michigan
10 Minnesota–Duluth (6)
11 Union
12 New Hampshire
13 Western Michigan
14 Nebraska–Omaha
15 Maine

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Conference record Overall record
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#16 Air Forcedagger* 27 15 6 6 36 85 52 39 21 11 7 119 83
Niagara 27 14 6 7 35 80 53 37 17 11 9 101 81
RIT 27 14 7 6 34 72 52 39 20 13 6 99 86
Mercyhurst 27 15 8 4 34 79 68 40 20 16 4 111 116
Holy Cross 27 15 8 4 34 93 70 39 20 15 4 120 107
Bentley 27 13 7 7 33 81 59 40 16 16 8 114 109
Robert Morris 27 13 9 5 31 72 58 39 17 17 5 102 103
Connecticut 27 12 12 3 27 78 67 39 16 19 4 112 105
Canisius 27 10 14 3 23 54 74 36 10 22 4 66 111
American International 27 6 18 3 15 57 98 37 8 26 3 82 137
Sacred Heart 27 4 20 3 11 66 122 37 6 28 3 84 173
Army 27 3 19 5 11 52 96 34 4 23 7 65 120
Championship: Air Force 4, RIT 0
dagger indicates conference regular season champion; * indicates conference tournament champion
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T SW PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#2 Ferris Statedagger 28 16 7 5 1 54 80 62 43 26 12 5 124 94
#7 Michigan 28 15 9 4 1 50 85 60 41 24 13 4 132 89
#14 Western Michigan* 28 14 10 4 4 50 72 61 41 21 14 6 114 92
#8 Miami (OH) 28 15 11 2 1 48 74 55 41 24 15 2 122 86
#15 Michigan State 28 14 11 3 2 47 80 68 39 19 16 4 111 103
#20 Northern Michigan 28 11 11 6 3 42 76 79 37 17 14 6 106 102
Lake Superior State 28 11 13 4 4 41 71 79 40 18 17 5 102 108
#19 Notre Dame 28 12 13 3 0 39 65 73 40 19 18 3 101 107
Ohio State 28 11 12 5 1 39 74 79 35 15 15 5 91 92
Alaska 28 8 16 4 2 30 63 76 36 12 20 4 84 94
Bowling Green 28 5 19 4 3 22 40 88 44 14 25 5 85 129
Championship: Michigan 2, Western Michigan 3
dagger indicates conference regular season champion; * indicates conference tournament champion
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll
Overall
GP W L T GF GA
Alabama–Huntsville 31 2 28 1 37 126
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#3 Uniondagger* 22 14 4 4 32 76 38 41 26 8 7 143 75
#10 Cornell 22 12 4 6 30 66 46 35 19 9 7 100 79
#18 Harvard 22 8 5 9 25 61 59 34 13 10 11 106 100
Colgate 22 11 10 1 23 60 57 39 19 17 3 121 113
Quinnipiac 22 9 8 5 23 60 57 40 20 14 6 122 98
Yale 22 10 10 2 22 74 61 35 16 16 3 123 106
Clarkson 22 9 9 4 22 57 60 39 16 17 6 105 109
St. Lawrence 22 10 11 1 21 50 64 36 14 19 3 88 120
Dartmouth 22 8 11 3 19 63 74 33 13 16 4 93 102
Rensselaer 22 7 12 3 17 43 61 39 12 24 3 78 111
Princeton 22 6 12 4 16 58 72 32 9 16 7 85 105
Brown 22 5 13 4 16 54 75 32 9 18 5 75 97
Championship: Union 3, Harvard 1
dagger indicates conference regular season champion; * indicates conference tournament champion
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#1 Boston Collegedagger* 27 19 7 1 39 96 60 44 33 10 1 157 89
#11 Boston University 27 17 9 1 35 101 70 39 23 15 1 139 112
#9 Massachusetts–Lowell 27 17 9 1 35 90 68 38 24 13 1 126 94
#13 Maine 27 15 10 2 32 91 80 40 23 14 3 133 114
#17 Merrimack 27 13 9 5 31 70 65 37 18 12 7 102 83
New Hampshire 27 11 14 2 24 68 74 37 15 19 3 108 110
Providence 27 10 14 3 23 68 89 38 14 20 4 94 122
Massachusetts 27 9 14 4 22 83 92 36 13 18 5 114 118
Northeastern 27 9 14 4 22 73 82 34 13 16 5 97 101
Vermont 27 3 23 1 7 54 114 34 6 27 1 73 140
Championship: Boston College 4, Maine 1
dagger indicates conference regular season champion; * indicates conference tournament champion
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll
Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
#4 Minnesotadagger 28 20 8 0 40 88 57 43 28 14 1 155 99
#6 Minnesota–Duluth 28 16 7 5 37 103 73 41 25 10 6 147 106
#12 Denver 28 16 8 4 36 96 79 43 25 14 4 139 111
#5 North Dakota* 28 16 11 1 33 82 73 42 26 13 3 135 108
Colorado College 28 15 12 1 31 95 86 36 18 16 2 114 104
St. Cloud State 28 12 12 4 28 86 74 39 17 17 5 120 104
Nebraska–Omaha 28 11 12 5 27 83 85 38 14 18 6 106 112
Michigan Tech 28 11 13 4 26 85 87 39 16 19 4 111 116
Bemidji State 28 11 14 3 25 72 89 38 17 18 3 101 109
Wisconsin 28 11 15 2 24 76 83 37 17 18 2 105 102
Minnesota State 28 8 18 2 18 73 102 38 12 24 2 101 129
Alaska–Anchorage 28 5 22 1 11 60 111 36 9 25 2 85 134
Championship: North Dakota 4, Denver 0
dagger indicates conference regular season champion; * indicates conference tournament champion
Rankings: USCHO.com Top 20 Poll

Player stats[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

The following players lead the NCAA in points at the conclusion of games played on March 17, 2012.[3]

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player Class Team GP G A Pts PIM
Abbott, SpencerSpencer Abbott Senior Maine 38 20 41 61 34
Connolly, JackJack Connolly Senior Minnesota–Duluth 39 19 39 58 26
Smith, AustinAustin Smith Senior Colgate 39 36 21 57 32
Shore, DrewDrew Shore Junior Denver 41 21 31 52 45
Oleksuk, TravisTravis Oleksuk Senior Minnesota–Duluth 39 21 30 51 4
Wagner, ChrisChris Wagner Sophomore Colgate 38 17 34 51 12
Gensler, BrettBrett Gensler Sophomore Bentley 40 23 27 50 38
Zengerle, MarkMark Zengerle Sophomore Wisconsin 37 13 37 50 38
Smith, ReillyReilly Smith Junior Miami (OH) 38 30 18 48 22
Diamond, JoeyJoey Diamond Junior Maine 36 25 22 47 117

Leading goaltenders[edit]

The following goaltenders lead the NCAA in goals against average at the conclusion of games played on March 19, 2012 while playing at least 33% of their team's total minutes.[3]

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Player Class Team GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Knapp, ConnorConnor Knapp Senior Miami (OH) 23 1286:42 15 7 0 34 5 .937 1.59
Noonan, ChrisChris Noonan Senior Niagara 26 1452:26 14 6 5 39 4 .944 1.61
Grosenick, TroyTroy Grosenick Sophomore Union 31 1743:53 20 5 3 48 6 .936 1.65
Torf, JasonJason Torf Sophomore Air Force 18 978:46 8 4 2 28 5 .928 1.72
Milner, ParkerParker Milner Junior Boston College 30 1816:00 25 5 0 55 3 .931 1.82
Madolora, ShaneShane Madolora Junior RIT 32 1960:44 18 9 5 63 7 .931 1.93
Hunwick, ShawnShawn Hunwick Senior Michigan 39 2337:08 24 11 3 77 7 .933 1.98
Slubowski, FrankFrank Slubowski Freshman Western Michigan 31 1864:52 17 10 4 63 3 .910 2.03
Carr, DougDoug Carr Sophomore Massachusetts–Lowell 31 1850:33 21 9 1 64 4 .930 2.08
Iles, AndyAndy Iles Sophomore Cornell 33 2057:16 18 8 7 73 6 .918 2.13

Awards[edit]

ECAC[edit]

Award[6] Recipient
Player of the Year Austin Smith, Colgate
Best Defensive Forward Kelly Zajac, Union
Best Defensive Defenseman Danny Biega, Harvard
Rookie of the Year Brian Ferlin, Cornell
Goaltender of the Year Troy Grosenick, Union
Tim Taylor Award (Coach of the Year) Rick Bennett, Union
All-ECAC Teams
First Team   Position   Second Team
Troy Grosenick, Union G Andy Iles, Cornell
Danny Biega, Harvard D Nick D'Agostino, Cornell
Mat Bodie, Union D Michael Sdao, Princeton
Alex Killorn, Harvard F Jack MacLellan, Brown
Brian O'Neill, Yale F Chris Wagner, Colgate
Austin Smith, Colgate F Jeremy Welsh, Union
Third Team   Position   Rookie Team
Paul Karpowich, Clarkson G Steve Michalek, Harvard
Thomas Larkin, Colgate D Patrick McNally, Harvard
Patrick McNally, Harvard D Shayne Gostisbehere, Union
Connor Jones, Quinnipiac F Matthew Peca, Quinnipiac
Kyle Flanagan, St. Lawrence F Brian Ferlin, Cornell
Kelly Zajac, Union F Chris Martin, St. Lawrence

AHC[edit]

Atlantic Hockey First Team All-Conference

Hockey East[edit]

2011-2012 Hockey East First-Team All-Stars

  • Joe Cannata, Goaltender: Joe Cannata, Merrimack (Sr., Wakefield, Mass.)
  • Adam Clendening, Defense: Boston University (So., Wheatfield, N.Y.)
  • Brian Dumoulin, Defense: Boston College (Jr., Biddeford, Maine)
  • Spencer Abbott, Forward: Maine (Sr., Hamilton, Ont.) (unanimous selection)
  • Barry Almeida, Forward: Boston College (Sr., Springfield, Mass.)
  • Brian Flynn, Forward: Maine (Sr., Lynnfield, Mass.)

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