Harvard’s McNally, Blackwell Earn Final ECAC Hockey Rookie Honors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—For their outstanding playoff performances, freshmen Patrick McNally and Colin Blackwell of the Harvard men’s hockey team were named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week for March 13 and March 20, respectively. It was the second such selection of the season for each player.

Blackwell earned his honor by helping to lead Harvard past Cornell in the ECAC Hockey Championship semifinals Friday in Atlantic City, N.J. The North Andover, Mass., native handed out four assists in the Crimson’s 6-1 win, becoming the first Harvard player to accomplish that feat since Tim Pettit ’04 notched five helpers in a 6-3 win at Princeton Dec. 6, 2002.

A semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, presented to the best United States-born player in New England, Blackwell completed his rookie season with 19 points on five goals and 14 assists. All five of his goals were third-period tallies.

McNally was named Rookie of the Week following Harvard’s quarterfinal series win against Yale March 9-11. The defenseman from Glen Head, N.Y., registered four assists and contributed to a strong Crimson defensive effort. Harvard killed 17 of Yale’s 18 power plays during the three-game series and allowed an average of just two goals per game.

The nation’s seventh-leading scorer among defensemen with 0.82 points per game, McNally ranked 10th nationally in freshman scoring. His totaled 28 points on six goals and 22 assists, good for second in the country in points per game by a rookie defenseman.

Harvard totaled five Rookie of the Week honors in 2011-12. Tommy O’Regan earned the honor Feb. 21, making the Crimson the only ECAC team to have three different freshmen earn such recognition.