Scott Pooley, Paul Berrafato Named Walter Brown Award Semifinalists
WORCESTER, Mass. – Scott Pooley and Paul Berrafato were named as semifinalists for the 66th Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston presented the list of 16 semifinalists today [Feb. 5].
The Walter Brown Award was established in 1953 by the members of the 1933 Massachusetts Rangers. Of the 16 nominees, ten teams are represented and three players are from Atlantic Hockey. Holy Cross is among Boston University, Harvard, and Providence to have two nominees.
Scott Pooley is leading the Crusaders in the 2017-18 season offensively with 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points. Pooley is among the top NCAA active scoring leaders with 51 career goals. The senior forward also ranks second in the nation in power play goals, with eight. Pooley leads Atlantic Hockey in goals at 18. Pooley has also been nominated for the 2018 Hobey Baker fan vote.
Paul Berrafato has played every minute in goal for the Crusaders in the 2017-18 season. Berrafato holds a .922 save percentage on the season and a 2.47 goals against average. The senior goaltender has consistently led Atlantic Hockey in save percentage and has been named the league’s Goalie of the Week (Oct. 24 & Nov. 14) twice as well as Atlantic Hockey’s Goalie of the Month for his performance in November. Berrafato has started in 96 consecutive games.
The Gridiron Club will announce the finalists and winner of the 66th Walter Brown Award in March, following league playoffs and before the start of NCAA Tournament play.