Elliott Falls Short
by Gregg Paul/CHN Correspondent
MILWAUKEE Wisconsin goaltender Brian Elliott was looking to become only the third goalie to achieve college hockey's highest honor — joining Ryan Miller and Robb Stauber.
Elliott was certainly a deserving candidate, having posted impressive totals in leading his Badgers into the National Championship game. He posted a 26-5-3 record with a goals against average of 1.57 and a .938 save percentage. Among the 26 wins were a Badger record 8 shutouts.
But there is the inherent difficulty in comparing goaltenders — especially ones in a system like Wisconsin plays — to other players. Which is perhaps why only two goaltenders have won the honor.
"It's tough for a goaltender to win this, obviously you've seen only two goalies in the past have won this," Elliott said. "So just being in the top three is an honor."
Of course, Elliott and Boston College's Chris Collins have a consolation prize to shoot for — the national championship, for which they will compete against each other Saturday night.
"The whole season since the beginning we've had goals set up for the team," said Elliott. "We used the analogy of climbing the mountain and use that next step to get to the top. (Saturday's) game is just the pinnacle and we're going to try our best to win that game."