March 27, 2012

Cannata Named a New England All-Star

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Joe Cannata (Wakefield, MA) was named a New England Division I All-Star for the second straight season on Tuesday.

Cannata, 22, appeared in 36 games for Merrimack as a senior, posting a 17-12-7 record, a 2.18 goals-against and a .925 save percentage.

Cannata departs as Merrimack's all-time leader in wins, games played, minutes played, saves, goals-against and save percentage. He started all but one game in his final two years and allowed only 27 even strength goals (excluding empty netters) in 27 league games this season. The Wakefield native surrendered more than two goals only eight times this year, as Merrimack went 18-2-4 when scoring two or more goals. 

A two-time Hobey Baker nominee and Walter Brown award semifinalist, Cannata was a Hockey East first-team selection this year, becoming the program's first first-team honoree since 1993-94.

Cannata debuted at Merrimack in style, making 44 saves in his first career game, a 1-0 win at Army, becoming the first goaltender in Merrimack history to record a shutout in his first start. Last year, Cannata was a finalist for the Walter Brown Award as the top college hockey player from New England.  He was drafted by Vancouver in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.