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Canisius hockey's Charles Williams a finalist for the Hobey Baker

And the season keeps get better and better for Canisius goaltender Charles Williams. The senior transfer was named one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

He is the first player in Canisius history to be a finalist for the award given annually to the best player in college hockey. He is the third in Western New York history as Niagara's Joe Tallari was a top 10 finalist in 2003 and Carsen Chubak in 2013.

Williams transferred to Canisius after spending four years at Ferris State. With one final year of athletic eligibility, he has put together a storybook season, leading the nation with a .946 save percentage while being first with six shutouts. He ranks second with a 1.75 goals-against average and is in the top 10 nationally in saves (fourth with 997), shots faced (fifth with 1054), and winning percentage (eighth at .734).

"I'm happy for Charles on an individual level where he took a risk to go a program for a one-year shot," Canisius coach Dave Smith said. "He put in the time and the effort and was rewarded. Collectively, he can't do that by himself. He can't take on five other players, so it's a great thing for everybody in our program. All the players and coaches feel a sense that they're a small piece of that. It takes a team to have some individual success."

Williams won Atlantic Hockey goalie of the week honors six times. He has started all 17 contests during the Griffs’ current 17-game unbeaten streak, recording three of his six shutouts this season in those contests.

"It is a true honor to be mentioned with a lot of great names," Williams said. "Being the first in school history is a great honor, too. We put the work in every day. We all come here as soon as the weekend’s done. Monday, boom, we’re right working out and skating."

The next phase is the Hobey Hat Trick, with the three finalists announced March 30. The Hobey Baker Award winner will be revealed April 7 from Chicago during the NCAA Frozen Four.

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