Titans, OC Hockey Club grad Delia bags Hockey East weekly honors
After backstopping his team to back-to-back wins against the top-ranked team in the country, Merrimack College junior goaltender Collin Delia has been named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for his sensational performance, as announced by the conference office on Jan. 30.
Earning his second top weekly goaltender award by the league this season, Delia finished with the third-best save percentage in the country last week in helping the Warriors post back-to-back victories over then-No. 1 Boston University in a home-and-home series sweep. It marked the team’s first-ever regular-season sweep of the Terriers, and also the program’s third and fourth victories over a top-ranked team in program history.
The Rancho Cucamonga native finished with back-to-back 30-plus-save performances against the Terriers. On Jan. 24, he denied 30 of 31 shots faced while helping the Warriors stun the Terriers, 3-1, at Lawler Rink. Then on Jan. 27, Delia finished three saves shy of his career high, stopping 37 BU shots to account for a new single-game saves high this winter.
On the week, Delia’s .971 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average were both tied for the third-best figure in the country. He was also one of 11 goaltenders nationwide who posted two wins on the week.
As a youth, Delia played for the California Titans and OC Hockey Club.