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Pankowski named All-American, while Delia, Savage, Madsen, Ortega earn conference honors


As the college hockey season wraps up, several California natives claimed recent honors from the NCAA and from their respective conferences.


University of Wisconsin junior Annie Pankowski, whose Badgers team lost in the NCAA tournament finals Sunday to Clarkson University, was named Second Team All-American for the 2016-17 season.

Pankowski, a Laguna Hills and Anaheim Lady Ducks native, posted 25 goals and 55 points to lead the Badgers in scoring. Her point totals were also good for sixth in the nation and she was also named First Team All-WCHA.

On the men’s side, Hockey East standouts Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga) and Scott Savage (San Clemente) were both named Third Team All-Conference this year.

Delia, also a Hockey Humanitarian Award finalist, went 9-8-3 with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage as a junior for Merrimack College. He was also tabbed the league’s Stop It Goaltending Champion and added three shutouts to his totals.

As a youth, Delia played for the OC Hockey Club and California Titans.

Savage, a graduate of the LA Hockey Club, recorded five goals and 29 points in 40 games for Boston College as a senior.

Over in ECAC Hockey, Acton product Merrick Madsen earned Third Team All-Conference laurels after taking the reins as Harvard University’s starting goaltender.

Madsen, a product of the California Heat and WV Wolves and Philadelphia Flyers draft pick, put together a 26-5-2 mark for NCAA tournament-bound Harvard, along with a 2.18 GAA and .918 save percentage with two shutouts.

Escondido native Austin Ortega, a graduate of the LA Hockey Club and San Diego Jr. Gulls, was tabbed All-NCHC First Team after recording 47 points on 20 goals and 27 assists in 38 games with the University of Nebraska-Omaha during his senior season.

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