More honors for Delia as OC, Titans alum chosen Hockey East Goaltender of the Month
On the heels of his being named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, Merrimack College junior goaltender Collin Delia has been named the Hockey East Stop It Goaltending Goaltender of the Month for January after his stellar month between the pipes.
Delia, a Rancho Cucamonga native who has twice earned Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week accolades this season, becomes the first Merrimack player to be named Hockey East’s Goaltender of the Month since Rasmus Tirronen did so for the October 2014 award. That was also Merrimack’s last major monthly award winner from the league office as well.
Since the calendar turned to 2017, Delia has established himself as one of the top goaltenders nationwide.
In five starts in January, Delia ranked third nationally in save percentage (.956) and second nationally in goals-against average (1.41). He finished with 30-plus-save performances in his final four games and allowed more than one goal only twice in that span.
In his most recent two outings against then-No. 1 Boston University, Delia finished with 67 saves on 69 shots, including a season-high 37 stops in the Warriors’ 4-1 win at BU on Jan. 27, which were three saves shy of his career-high. Those efforts led to Delia’s being named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
For the entire season, Delia ranks ninth nationally in save percentage (.931) and 10th in goals-against average (2.04) among all goaltenders who have played in 33 percent or more of their teams’ total minutes. If he was above the 40-percent threshold in percentage of time played, those numbers would be good for second in Hockey East in both categories. Delia currently stands at 33.6 percent of time played.
In his youth days, Delia played for the OC Hockey Club and California Titans.