Middlebury

Phinney Earns All-American Status

March 17, 2005

3/18/05 - <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Middlebury College men's hockey player Brian Phinney (Ripton, Vt.) has been named a first-team All-American by the AHCA (American Hockey Coaches Association). The Vermont native is currently preparing for this weekend's NCAA Hockey Championships hosted by Middlebury College.

The senior captain is also a finalist for the Joe Concannon award, given annually to New England's best American-born Division II/III college hockey player. He was recently honored as a second-team All-NESCAC selection.

Phinney has anchored the nation's top defense this season at Middlebury. The Panthers have allowed just 1.71 goals/contest this season, with a penalty kill that has been .891 efficient, fifth nationally.

The senior has stepped up in big games this season, including a two goal and one assist performance in a 3-2 win over Bowdoin in the NESCAC Championship game on March 6th.

Phinney has played in all 28 games this season for the Panthers, earning nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points on the year. He currently has 28 goals and 46 assists for 74 points in his 111-game career at Middlebury.

At the conclusion of the men's hockey season, Phinney will join the men's lacrosse team for another run at NESCAC and NCAA titles.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />