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Colton Point’s memorable season comes to a close

Point finishes arguably the best season by any goaltender in Colgate history
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Colton Point in action against Princeton. Photo courtesy Colgate Raiders.

Colton Point made 24 saves but it was not enough as the Raiders were eliminated 5-1 at the hands of Clarkson in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals on Sunday.  

However, individually, there was more good news for the North Bay native on the weekend, who won a gold medal at the World Juniors over Christmas.

He was named a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year Award as well as the league's Player of the Year Award, as announced by the league office over the weekend.

Earlier last week, Point was named a semifinalist for the Mike Richter Award which is presented to the nation's top goaltender.

Point ranks first in the nation with a .948 save percentage and is second with a 1.64 GAA. Within ECAC Hockey, Point leads all goaltenders with 927 saves and is third with six shutouts and 16 wins.

With a shutout last Sunday against Rensselaer, Point tied the program record for shutouts in a season held by Mark Dekanich '08 during the 2007-08 season and Finn in 2014-15. It was also Colgate's first postseason shutout since March 11, 2012.

Point has had a fantastic season, recording two or fewer saves in 12 consecutive games from Jan. 19 through March 9 and 25 of his 32 starts this year. He is a three-time ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week winner, most recently this past week when he posted a .974 save percentage and 0.67 GAA.

In league play this season, Point led all ECAC Hockey goaltenders with a .954 save percentage and was second with a 1.52 GAA. He tallied 540 saves, tied for the third most in the league and was tied for second with four shutouts.

Oh, yes, there's that gold medal for Team Canada.  

Now the big question will be, does he continue on to his junior year at Colgate or does he sign with the Dallas Stars this off-season - the team that drafted him in the 5th round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft?  




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