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Matthew Galajda Becomes Cornell’s First Freseman To Earn All-American Honors


ST. PAUL, Minn. — Freshman goaltender Matthew Galajda has been named a first-team CCM/AHCA Hockey All-American as selected by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Named the top goaltender in the East Region, Galajda becomes the first freshman in Cornell men’s hockey history to be named an All-American.

Galajda leads the country with a 1.51 goals against average and nine shutouts this season, and he ranks third with a .939 save percentage. His shutout total not only obliterated the old program record for freshmen (five), it ended up just one clean sheet off the single-season program record set by David McKee (10, 2004-05).

Armed with the best numbers the nation has seen from a freshman goaltender since the 2012-13 season, Galajda has been collecting a bevy of postseason accolades. He was tabbed the ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goalie of the Year, ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year, Ivy League Player of the Year, Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and he garnered first-team honors on both the All-Ivy League and All-ECAC Hockey squads. Additionally, Galajda became the first freshman goaltender to ever be named one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, and he was also one of five finalists for the Mike Richter Award.

This marks the Cornell men’s hockey program’s 38th All-American honor among 29 players since 1966 and the first since both defenseman Brendon Nash ’10 and goaltender Ben Scrivens ’10 were named to the first team after their senior seasons on East Hill. Galajda is the 10th Cornell goaltender to receive All-America honors.

2017-18 CCM/AHCA Hockey Men’s Division I All-America Teams
First Team (East)
G – Matthew Galajda, Fr., Cornell (Aurora, Ontario)
D – Jeremy Davies, So., Northeastern (Sainte Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec)
D – Adam Fox, So., Harvard (Jericho, N.Y.)
F – Ryan Donato, Jr., Harvard (Scituate, Mass.)
F – Adam Gaudette, Jr., Northeastern (Braintree, Mass.)
F – Dylan Sikura, Sr., Northeastern (Aurora, Ontario)
First Team (West)
G – Cale Morris, So., Notre Dame (Larkspur, Colo.)
D – Scott Perunovich, Fr., Minn.-Duluth (Hibbing, Minn.)
D – Jimmy Schuldt, Jr., St. Cloud State (Minnetonka, Minn.)
F – Henrik Borgstrom, So., Denver (Helsinki, Finland)
F – C.J. Suess, Sr., Minnesota State (Forest Lake, Minn.)
F – Troy Terry, Jr., Denver (Denver, Colo.)
Second Team (East)
G – Colton Point, So., Colgate (North Bay, Ontario)
D – Jacob Bryson, So., Providence (London, Ontario)
D – Kelly Summers, Sr., Clarkson (Golden Lake, Ontario)
F – Ryan Kuffner, Jr., Princeton (Ottawa, Ontario)
F – Sheldon Rempal, So., Clarkson (Calgary, Alberta)
F – Max Veronneau, Jr., Princeton (Ottawa, Ontario)
Second Team (West)
G – Tanner Jaillet, Sr., Denver (Red Deer, Alberta)
D – Philip Beaulieu, So., Northern Michigan (Duluth, Minn.)
D – Alec Rauhauser, So. Bowling Green (Bismarch, N.D.)
F – Nick Halloran, So., Colorado College (Draper, Utah)
F – Tanner Laczynski, So., Ohio State (Shorewood, Ill.)
F – Cooper Marody, Jr., Michigan (Brighton, Mich.)

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