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Friday, March 13, 2009

Hockey Log

PC men’s final player reports

Eric Baier, defense- Baier got a grip on his previously inconsistent health to play the full length of the second half, pitching in five points in the process. He made a last-minute case to stay on call for special teams when he scored his only goal on a power play versus Boston University last weekend.

Andy Balysky, forward- One of umpteen PC youngsters still with gobs of room for growth, to say the least. More than anything, Balysky could stand to upgrade his shooting frequency, having discharged only 27 SOG (two for goals) in 23 total outings.

Alex Beaudry, goal- After a surprisingly stimulating first month on campus (4-2-2 record, .913 save percentage), the midseason acquisition from Tier II juniors plummeted along with the rest of his new crew. With any luck, he’ll cultivate more stability from a fresher, fuller sheet as a sophomore next year.

Matt Bergland, forward- Most naturally the Friars’ lone specimen of stability from start to finish. Bergland was one of only four players to appear in all 34 games, facilely topped the charts with 10-17-27 scoring totals and 102 registered shots, and never went scoreless for any longer than three games at a time. He should have no trouble getting in on the Hockey East All-Rookie team.

David Brown, defense- Brown, who paired up with fellow rookie Danny New most of the way, closed up shop with a little more to build on than most of his peers: five points, a comparatively decent minus-5 rating, and regular shifts on both ends of the special teams’ spectrum.

David Cavanagh, defense- Compelled to step up following the self-deletions of Bryce Aneloski and Joe Lavin, Cavanagh ultimately linked up with Baier on the second D-unit and should be thirsting profusely to finally play the full length of the schedule as a senior next season.

John Cavanagh, forward- The junior captain grabbed himself a career high 19 points (10 goals, nine assists), finished second behind Nick Mazzolini with a .164 shooting success rate, and took a mere two minor penalties whilst playing the full length of the 34-game schedule. MVP, anybody?

Greg Collins, forward- Seen merely twice (in the Merrimack series Feb. 21-22) on this side of the holiday respite, a most disconcerting follow-up on more-than-decent freshman and sophomore seasons.

Chris Eppich, forward- After two years of utter scoring futility, Eppich found the net four times over his junior season and left off still steadily restoring a permanent spot in the active lineup (he went from 34 appearances in 2006-07, to 14 last year, to 20 this season –including 13 of the last 18 chances).

Ben Farrer, forward- Farrer’s frequency faded substantially in the second half as he appeared in but six games after having played 12 in the first half. To his credit, though, he charged up two helpers in those sparse second-half ventures.

Mark Fayne, defense- A rising senior who brandished an “A” over this season, Fayne pitched in a welcome four point-based goals and five helpers, but more to his positional matters chalked up the blue lines worst rate of a minus-16. Logically, the most sizeable body on a team ought not to be so inversely proportional with defense proficiency.

Matt Germain, forward- Germain surpassed his freshman scoring totals of 1-9-10 with a 4-10-14 transcript on the year and might have done more with a more stable supporting cast. Additionally, amongst all of the regulars on the game night depth chart, he tied Nick Mazzolini for the team’s best face-off winning percentage at .559.

Paul Golden, forward- Got a break at the dusk of the schedule, dressing for each of the last three games after having sat out the length of his freshman year and playing a mere two games in October.

Jordan Kremyr, forward- Unable to established much in terms of connectivity (one goal on 23 shots in 17 outings), Kremyr was unknowingly finished after the first weekend of February.

Kyle Laughlin, forward- If any individual could personify the Friars’ agonizing 2008-09 meltdown, it was the two-year captain who miraculously retained his “C” despite the effects of his continued aridness. Unable to snap out of a numb twig that carried over from the better part of his junior campaign, Laughlin appeared in a mere five games over the second half of the season, upping his career accumulation of two games missed coming into the season to 17 at the conclusion of his melancholy run.

Kyle MacKinnon, forward- A somewhat unsung contributor when sized up with his peers, MacKinnon packed in a final 6-7-13 scoring log in spurts, charging up three multi-point games in the second half. Perhaps more admirably, though, he took but one minor penalty in that span for a season total of eight PIM in 33 appearances.

Rob Maloney, forward- Playing in all but four games on the schedule, Maloney left a good impression in that he hardly saturated his freshman transcript with penalty minutes (four total). However, he hardly saturated the scoresheet with aromatic ink as well, totaling a single goal and lone assist.

Austin Mayer, forward- The steadily growing sophomore is all but an established regular on the game time line chart now, having formed a sturdy starting line with Kyle MacKinnon and Pierce Norton near the end, although he mustered only a sparse three points after charging up a savory 1-2-3 performance at UMass on January 16.

Chris Mannix, goal- For what it’s worth, the senior sat out the majority of the second half before relieving Beaudry in the home finale, charging up 15 minutes of play and one save on two shots faced.

Nick Mazzolini, forward- The towering senior pivot all but anchored the temporarily uplifting January –climaxing with a 2-1-3 performance on January 31 versus Merrimack in PC’s final win of the season. And even after that, Mazzolini made the most of his remaining time here, factoring in to seven of the team’s final 16 goals in February and March.

John Mori, forward- Mori returned after a three-month hiatus to play the remaining four weeks of his career, scraping out one assist along the way.

Danny New, defense- The rookie backliner hinted all-around improvement in the form of three points and zero penalty minutes in his latter 10 appearances of the season.

Pierce Norton, forward- All things considered, Norton gratifyingly retained his scoring touch, especially on the power play. He pitched in 12 points over the second half for a season total of 21 and indubitably helped to foster young Bergland’s proficiency when playing a man up. Likewise, the soon-to-be-graduate hopes to have left a productive fingerprint on recent linemates Mayer and MacKinnon.

Ian O’Connor, forward- The third-most frequent puckslinger on the team (behind Bergland and Norton) with 72 shots on net, O’Connor went through a personal five-game scoring drought amidst an ongoing tempest of line changes, but ultimately perked back up to finish with a 6-10-16 transcript.

Ryan Simpson, goal- Accepting his boundless allotment of health mulligans, Simpson bumped colleagues Justin Gates and Mannix into the upper bowl to back up Beaudry for three weeks, putting in one 16-minute relief appearance versus New Hampshire on February 14. Most extraordinarily, though, he had enough time to pick up the Friars’ only positive plus/minus rate of the season. Perhaps at least one more episode of the “Will He or Won’t He?” nighttime soap opera is pending next autumn.

Matt Taormina, defense- Another individual who –given the ghastly big picture- didn’t surface so shabbily in the end. But even his trademark productivity from the point sputtered considerably in the stretch drive with merely two points in February and a clean drought over the final three weekends.

Shawn Tingley, forward- One additional appearance beyond the Mayor’s Cup (January 24 at Northeastern) was hardly enough for the mature, yet injury-plagued freshman to translate his promising EJHL resume. A reasonable standard for next season will be making sure he does not turn out to be the Simpson of strikers.

Al Daniel can be reached at hockeyscribe@hotmail.com

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