After backstopping the Warriors to a pair of important victories to close out the regular season, freshman goaltender Drew Vogler was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Vogler’s honor is his second this season and fourth for the team overall; the rookie netminder was previously named the conference’s top goalie back on Dec. 20, while classmate Derek Petti was the most recent Warrior to garner league-wide recognition after named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on Feb. 1. Sophomore Jace Hennig was also named Warrior Player of the Week back on Dec. 20, as well.
Vogler’s efforts in net led Merrimack to a huge weekended sweep of Vermont to clinch the No. 7 seed and home ice in the upcoming Hockey East Tournament Opening Round. The Missouri product stopped 49-of-50 shots in two games on the weekend, posting a 0.50 goals-against average and a .980 save percentage. Among all Division I goalies nationwide, Vogler ranked second in both categories over the weekend.
Starting in four out of the last five games, Vogler now owns a 2.23 GAA and .916 SV% on the season with a 3-4-1 record. He and the rest of the Warriors open up postseason play with their first home Hockey East Tournament series in five years when they host New Hampshire in Game 1 of the league tournament’s Opening Round starting Thursday night at 7 p.m.