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College Hockey:
Rookies leave their mark early

Every team outside of the Ivy schools is now at least two games into its season. Here’s a look at some notables in the the early going:

Rookies make an impact:  Several freshman made their presence felt immediately over the last two weekends. Clarkson goal Steve Perry stopped 54-of-55 shots in a pair of wins for the Golden Knights, including a 2-0 shutout of Niagara in his first collegiate game last weekend. Quinnipiac freshman Sam Anas, Connor Clifton and Derek Smith each had a goal in the Bobcats’ 4-1 win over Alaska Fairbanks Saturday, while Saint Lawerence defensemen Gavin Bayreuther had two goals and an assist in the Saints’ sweep of Maine. Union got its first win of the year with some help from forward Michael Pontarelli, who had two goals, and goalie Alex Sakellaropoulos, who got the start Saturday against Bowling Green after coming in Friday in relief of an injured Colin Stevens.  And not to be left out, forward  Andrew Black has two goals in his first three games for Colgate.  It’s far, far too early to lock these players in for any end-of-the year awards, but they certainly got their collegiate careers off to a good start.

Engineers hand out a beating…and then take one: Whatever momentum Sacred Heart got from knocking off No.1 UMass-Lowell Friday night was quickly deadened by RPI, who scored three goals in the second period en route to a 6-0 win Saturday at Webster Bank Arena. But just like the Pioneers, RPI couldn’t carry any of that momentum over to their next game, as Boston College scored seven goals on 23 shots in a commanding 7-2 win. It wasn’t the best game for Jason Kasdorf, who was pulled after giving up six goals on 15 shots.

Different year, same result: For the second year in a row, St. Lawrence swept Hockey East opponent Maine in the season’s early going. Last year’s sweep took place in Orono, with these year’s wins coming in Canton against first-year head coach (and former Yale assistant) Red Gendron. Senior forward Greg Carey, who led the NCAA with 28 goals last season, added two goals Saturday and finished with five points on the weekend.

 

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  • fargosioux

    Panzer was robbed!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Dash.driver Brandon G Boetcher

      Yep you light the hobey baker winner up in the semi finals I agree.

  • Juice09

    A little shocked with the mention of Mello and York, but not Kinkaid. Kinkaid only leads NCAA with a 1.93 GAA and has a .923 save percentage. Just wait til he hits center stage during the NCAA tourney.

  • Juice09

    A little shocked with the mention of Mello and York, but not Kinkaid. Kinkaid only leads NCAA with a 1.93 GAA and has a .923 save percentage. Just wait until he hits center stage during the NCAA tourney.

    • HENH10

      The 1.93 is good enough, but .923 probably isn’t good enough… although they are great numbers.

    • Dan1377

      I agree wholeheartedly. Even though Kinkaid’s numbers aren’t on par with “Ryan Miller Numbers,” for a team that just won the league’s regular season after 14-1-1 of recent ECAC play, he backed them up incredibly the entire way. He at least deserves a mention, if not more extensive consideration.

  • Just Saying

    I did a little research on the goalies. I looked at all league games that Kinkaid, Mello and Rondeau have played since the new year, since these games are considered “crunch time” games. Kinkaid was 14-1-1 and gave up 29 goals. Mello was 7-6-1 and gave up 31 goals and Rondeau was 10-3-1 and gave up 29. goals.

  • Shedd

    Anyone who has seen York play this year knows that he should be in the conversation. He’s been at the top of the list for goaltender’s stats all season, and while he might not be as good as Kinkaid, his SV% is better than everyone above him in the GAA list. I think that’s a testament to how good he’s made RPI’s defense look.

  • rpifan

    I’ve watched Kinkaid and York play a whole lot, and York is a significantly better goalie and prospect. He has better control of rebounds, makes more astounding saves, plays the puck extremely well, and has kept RPI in a lot of games they should have lost. Kinkaid is on a higher scoring team and quite frankly, Union has a more consistent defense than rpi’s which has been up, down, and injured all season. Forget numbers, just watch them both play and its pretty obvious that York is the better goalie

    • The Black Hole

      From a guy named RPIFAN? Seriously?

  • NefariousDrO

    I’d say that the key thing is: Can player-X change the game? Ryan Miller, and for that matter all of the Hoby candidates need to fit under that bar, more than just their numbers.

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