Dec. 16, 2008

CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey player Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Men's Ice Hockey Goalie of the Week for the week of December 8-14, it was announced today by the conference. The award marks the second time this season that he has earned the honor, having also been selected for the week of November 24-30. It's the fifth time in his career that he has been tabbed the top goaltender of the week.

Donovan stopped 33 of 35 shots for a .943 save percentage in the Beacons' 4-2 victory at Babson College on December 10. The junior stopped 21 straight shots after allowing a pair of first period goals to preserve the win.

Donovan has played in 434:51 of a possible 485 minutes for UMass Boston this season, while posting a 5-2-1 mark to go with a 3.04 goals against mark and a .906 save percentage. A product of the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Junior Hockey League, his .688 winning percentage ranks him second among ECAC East goalies and his save percentage is the seventh-most efficient mark in the league. A graduate of Avon Old Farms School in Avon, CT, Donovan has registered 23 or more saves in six of eight outings, including a 39-save effort in a 3-3 tie on the road vs. the nation's number 14 team, Bowdoin College, for the Polar Bears' only non-win of the season. He has also turned away at least 30 shots in four outings.

Donovan has already made the case as one of the Beacons' greatest goalies of all-time after becoming the first player in school history to be named the ECAC East Goalie of the Year following last season. He ranks second on the UMass Boston career saves (1,957), minutes played (3,432:59) and games played (60) list and stands third with 21 career victories. His .904 career save mark is the highest percentage in school annals and his 3.62 goals against average is the second-lowest figure in program history. He shattered the school-record for saves when he turned away 898 shots as a freshman and racked up 846 stops last season in a school-record 1593:35 minutes and has played in over 89% of the team's minutes in all three of his seasons at UMB.

The Beacons are currently 5-2-1 on the season for their best start since 1987-88 when they owned a 6-2-0 mark after eight contests. UMass Boston will be in action again when it hosts Westfield State College on Monday, December 29 at 5:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center in the second game of the first round of the 44th Annual Codfish Bowl, the second oldest college hockey invitational in the country.