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NCAA Hockey East Regional: Max Novak takes Most Outstanding Player Award

Max Novak had three goals and an assist in the regional.

Max Novak
Max Novak
Matt Dewkett

BRIDGEPORT, CONN. -- Union junior forward Max Novak was named the Most Outstanding Player of the East Regional with three goals and an assist over the two games. The Dutchmen advanced to the 2014 Frozen Four with a 3-1 win over Providence in the East Regional Final.

"It's a great award to win," said a humble Novak.

Union, making its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Hockey Tournament, received contributions from several different lines over the course of the two games.

Novak and teammate Kevin Sullivan, who had four assists, tied for the regional lead in scoring. Novak's power play goal in the first period of Friday's 5-2 win over Vermont earned him a spot on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays.

"I was a little surprised. It's a testament to the guys I play with. They put me in good situations for most of the season. Fortunately I capitalized on a few of them this weekend," said Novak.

"He was excellent. He is a clutch player," said Union head coach Rick Bennett. "He had a great game last night, but he's so humble. He doesn't like the attention. It's special to see that," added the third year bench boss.

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.