CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- University of Maine sophomore standouts Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) and Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) were both named to the 2014 Hockey East First Team, announced on Thursday night at the Hockey East Awards banquet. Maine and Boston College were the lone schools to have more than one person named to the Hockey East First Team.
It marks just the second time in the past 11 years that Maine has placed two members on the Hockey East First Team. In 2012, Spencer Abbott and Brian Flynn were both named to the Hockey East First Team.
Hutton had a record-setting year for the Black Bears, scoring 15 goals and adding 14 assists for 29 points from the blueline. His 15 goals set a school record for goals in a season by a defenseman. He broke the record originally set in 1979-80 by Dwight Montgomery and tied in 1987-88 by Jack Capuano and 1994-95 by Jeff Tory. It is the first time in Maine history that a defenseman has led the team in goals scored. He is one of just four defensemen in college hockey to have tallied 15 or more goals in the past five years.
Hutton leads the nation in goals scored by a defenseman and his nine power play goals rank tied for 10th in the nation and tops among defensemen. He is sixth in the nation in points per game by a defenseman, averaging .83 per contest. Hutton leads the Black Bears in blocked shots with 40. He scored game-winning goals in Maine's victories over Vermont on Nov. 8 and Boston College on Nov. 23. Hutton was whistled for just four penalties this season and finished with a +8 ranking.
Hutton had three multi-goal games on the season. He tallied two goals in Maine's win over then seventh-ranked Boston College. He scored two goals in Maine's 7-3 win over Boston University at 2014 Frozen Fenway and also tallied a pair at Northeastern on Feb. 22. He finished the season with six multi-point games.
Hutton scored a five-on-three shorthanded goal earlier this season. He was among the leaders in the 2014 Hobey Baker Fan voting.
Hutton also excels in the classroom. He has been named a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and also named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.
Shore has also had a sensational sophomore campaign for the Black Bears. The assistant captain scored 14 goals and added 29 assists for 43 points. It is the second year in a row that he led the team in scoring. Having never missed a game in his collegiate career, he has 20 goals and 49 assists for 69 points in 73 games.
Shore ranks tied for 13th in the nation in scoring, averaging 1.23 points per game. He is 11th in assists per game, registering .83 per contest. He also ranks tied for fourth in the nation in shorthanded goals, having tallied three on the year. His +13 tied for the team-lead.
Shore was named the Hockey East Player of the Week on Dec. 16, 2013 and Jan. 27, 2014. He received Hockey East Player of the Month honors in December after scoring 10 points in five games. Maine posted a 4-0-1 record in those games. He also earned a spot on the 2013 Florida College Classic All-Tournament Team for the second year in a row.
Shore had an 11-game scoring streak during the season. He began the streak on Nov. 15 with a goal and an assist in Maine's 7-0 win over Boston University and capped the streak with two goals and an assist for three points against the Terriers on Jan. 11. Shore had points in 25 of Maine's 35 games on the season and recorded 11 multi-point games. He tallied a career-high five points with a goal and four assists in Maine's win over American International on Dec. 13. He scored a goal and added three assists in Maine's victory over arch-rival New Hampshire on Jan. 25.
Shore, who was named captain of the 2014-2015 team earlier this week, is also outstanding in the classroom. He has been named a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and also named to the Hockey East Academic Honor Roll. Last year, he was named one of two Hockey East Top Scholar-Athletes after posting a perfect 4.0 GPA. In addition, he earned a spot on the Hockey East Academic All-Star Team, honoring the top grade point averages by position.