MEDFORD - Junior goalie Nik Nugnes of the Tufts University hockey team, who ranks among the national top 20 in both goals against average and save percentage, was picked to the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) second team today.
In 16 appearances overall (875 minutes played), Nugnes recorded a 2.06 goals against average with a .936 save percentage. He allowed 30 goals while making 442 saves. In 13 NESCAC games (693 mins), he was even better with a 1.82 goals against mark and .941 save percentage. He gave up 21 goals while making 333 saves in conference games.
For half of the season, Nugnes split time with senior Mason Pulde. However, Pulde went down with an injury against Wesleyan on January 21. After taking over early in the third period of that game, Nugnes played every minute in goal for Tufts down the stretch and helped the Jumbos earn their highest NESCAC Championship seed since 2012.
During a six-game span from January 28 to February 17, Nugnes saved 170 of the 175 shots he faced for a spectacular .971 save percentage. He allowed just five goals during that time, posting a 0.84 goals against average. Included during that run were shutouts against Connecitcut College (3-0 on February 3) and Amherst (4-0 on February 10).
Earlier in the season, Nugnes had 29 saves in a 3-1 win over a Colby club that went on to take the #2 seed in the league for 2016-17.
Head coach Pat Norton's Jumbos finished the NESCAC season with a 9-8-1 conference mark, their most victories in the league since the 2011-12 campaign. They were the sixth seed in the conference tournament, the program's best since a fourth-seed also in 2012. Tufts was 11-11-3 overall this year.
Nugnes is the first Jumbo goalie to make the All-Conference teams since Scott Barchard was on the first team in 2010.