WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Following a dominant weekend on the back end, Merrimack College men’s hockey sophomore defenseman Declan Carlile was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league Monday.
The Hartland, Mich. native totaled four points in the Warriors’ weekend set against New Hampshire on the strength of four assists. Three of his four points came on the power play, as Merrimack’s special teams played a pivotal role in a successful two games and he also had a trio of helpers Friday on the road in Durham, N.H. to set a single game career-high.
Carlile is on fire in his last three games, as the 2021 Hobey Baker Award nominee has racked up six points, all assists, and has a pair of multi-point games. He’s ascended to take the team lead in defensemen scoring with nine points in 12 games and is tied for the team lead with Zach Uens in plus/minus with a +3 rating.
His contributions go far past just the offensive side of the ice, as he has taken a firm hold atop the country in blocked shots per game with his 3.33 rate. He leads the team overall in blocked shots with 40 and got in the way of eight shots over the weekend to make it 12 in his past three games. Carlile has now registered at least one blocked shot in all 12 games he’s played in so far in 2020-21.
The weekly honor is the second of Carlile’s career and he was also named to the 2019-20 Hockey East All-Rookie Team at the conclusion of his freshman campaign.
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