Arkansas goaltender Brendan Desjardin was named the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference championship contest’s player of the game shortly after the Razorbacks wrested the title from defending champion Florida, 5-2.
Desjardin kept the medal for about two seconds before placing it around team captain Garrett Meier’s neck.
“He deserves it so much more than I do,” Desjardin said. “He started this whole program. This is his team. He’s the player of the game every game.”
Meier, a senior defenseman, was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
“I was surprised,” Meier said. “There’s a lot of camaraderie on this team, a lot of people who deserved it.”
Arkansas coach Brian Gallini considered Desjardin’s performance a key element of the victory.
“What can you say about Brendan,” Gallini said. “He’s a consistent leader. He controls his rebounds well. He even directs the puck into the corners. This is a great feeling. With this win, we set a program record for most wins in a season.” READ MORE