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Canisius goalie Williams named a finalist for Mike Richter Award

Canisius goaltender Charles Williams was named one of five finalists for the Mike Richter Award on Thursday.

The award is given annually to the most outstanding goalie in NCAA men's hockey. The 10 semifinalists, five finalists and winner are selected by a committee of coaches, scouts and members of the media. The fourth annual award will be presented at the Men’s Frozen Four in Chicago.

Williams was the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year, leading the Golden Griffins to their first regular season championship. He led the league in goals-against average (1.82), save percentage (.943), shutouts (six) and saves (1,016). His save percentage and shutouts rank first in the nation while his goals-against average is tied for third.

A graduate transfer who played parts of four seasons at Ferris State, Williams played in all but five games for the Griffs this season. He set a career high with 46 saves in a 2-2 tie at Air Force on Jan. 14.

A Hobey Baker Award top 10 finalist, Williams is a master’s degree candidate in sports administration at Canisius.

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