Goaltender Dryden McKay of Minnesota State wins national rookie honor

MSU Mankato goaltender Dryden McKay dives on the puck as UND's Cole Smith (26), Gabe Bast (2) and Mark Senden (19) crowd the net in the second period of a hockey game last season at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. Nick Nelson / The Rink Live

By Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota State freshman goaltender Dryden McKay on Wednesday was named College Hockey News’ 2018-19 national rookie of the year.

Going into this week’s NCAA tournament, McKay is 24-6-2 with a 1.66 goals-against average, tops among all freshman goaltenders and second-best in the country. His .931 save percentage ranks fifth nationally.

The Downers Grove, Ill., native was the WCHA’s goaltending champion with a league-leading 1.36 GAA in conference play. McKay is also a top-10 semifinalist for the Mike Richter Award, which goes to college hockey’s top goaltender.

Minnesota State will play Providence in the NCAA East Regional at noon Saturday in Providence, Rhode Island.

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