Friday, April 12, 2013

Bailen gets All-American wish

    PITTSBURGH -- Having recently become a professional hockey player, there was one more thing  Nick Bailen wanted from his Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute career.
   The star defenseman received that on Friday when he was named All-American for the second time in his career at the NCAA Frozen Four.
   A Second Team East selection in 2011, Bailen gained a First Team East berth this year.
   Bailen was not available for comment, playing with his Rochester Americans against Oklahoma City on Friday night (Rochester visits the TU Center on Sunday to play the Albany Devils) but said recently of the All-American award, "I hope it comes. Not many guys can say they'r two-time All-Americans."
   Bailen, a First Team All-ECAC Hockey selection, led the Engineers in scoring with 12 goals and 19 assists in 35 games. Bailen, who was named to the first team All-ECAC Hockey, finished his career with 33 goals and 72 assists in 149 games and is No. 2 among defensemen on RPI's all-time career scoring list.
 Union sophomore defensman Shayne Gostisbehere was named to the East Second Team.
He tallied eight goals and 18 assists in 36 games and was a catalyst on Union's power play.
Gostisbehere also played a big part in Team USA's gold-medal performance  at the World Junior Championships. He was as Second Team All-ECACH pick.
Gostisbehere was selected in the third round of last June's NHL draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.
 Quinnipiac senior goalie Eric Hartzell, who'll lead the Bobcats in the NCAA championship game on Saturday night, and St. Lawrence center Kyle Flanagan were the other ECACH player who were First Team East selections.
 Flanagan's linemate, left winger Greg Carey, St. Lawrence defenseman George Hughes and Yale senior center Andrew Miller all made the Second Team.


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