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Dainton Named Pure Hockey Defensive Player Of The Week

Dainton has led the Minutemen in back-to-back wins to start the 2009-10 season

Dainton has led the Minutemen in back-to-back wins to start the 2009-10 season

Oct. 19, 2009

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass junior goaltender Paul Dainton has been named the Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by Hockey East on Monday. Dainton backstopped the Minutemen in their 3-2 upset victory over No. 2 Boston University last Friday with 41 saves, including 16 in the third period. This is the second straight week that UMass has been represented in the Hockey East weekly honors, after James Marcou was named the Hockey East Player of the Week last week.

So far this season, Dainton has led the Mass Attack to a 2-0-0 record with a 2.00 goals against average a .944 save percentage. Two of Dainton's four goals against have come while the Minutemen were short-handed. He also has 67 saves in the two games, while his 41 saves tied a career high. Friday was also the third time that Dainton has made 30 or more saves in a game against the Terriers. He ranks second in goals against average and save percentage amongst Hockey East goalies. Currently in his third season as UMass' top netminder, Dainton is 26-28- 7 with a 2.49 goals against average to go along with a .913 save percentage.

Massachusetts will return to the ice on Friday in their second conference game of the season. The Minutemen will faceoff with Maine at 7 PM at the Mullins Center.




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