Not quite a third of the NCAA Division I hockey teams took the ice last weekend for regular season games as the college schedule got underway on a limited basis. This weekend, the slate of games is a far more robust.
For some former Waterloo Black Hawks goaltenders, it will the first opportunity to look up at a college crowd and hear their new school’s fight song from ice level. For others, will be the beginning of their last season on college ice.
This week’s Where Are They Now is a quick summary of the eight former Black Hawks goalies who are playing at the NCAA level this winter.
Jared Moe – Minnesota
After his second season with the Black Hawks, Moe joins a Gopher program which has limited experience in net. None of the goalies on the roster has ever played in a game for Minnesota, although junior Jack LaFontaine is a transfer from Michigan and appeared in 22 contests over two years with the Wolverines.
While the Black Hawks and Gophers have had many connections outside the crease in recent seasons, the goaltender position has been a different story. The last Waterloo goalie to appear in a game for Minnesota was Paul Joswiak, came to Waterloo as a senior-age player briefly in 1978/79 after playing for the Gophers.
Minnesota visits Colorado College Friday and Saturday.
Evan Fear – Quinnipiac
Fear joins a pair of Bobcat juniors in net. Former Muskegon Lumberjack Keith Petruzzelli is the returning veteran who saw the most ice time last season, appearing in 14 games. The void created by the departure of Andrew Shortridge could be significant; Shortridge won the ECAC's Ken Dryden Award as the conference’s top netminder.
Quinnipiac reached the NCAA Midwest Regional Final last season, falling to eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth. This season’s Bobcats slate begins against American International.
Robbie Beydoun – Michigan Tech
Since his freshman season, Beydoun has had the opportunity to make an impression. He made nine starts and 11 total appearances in 2017/18 with a 4-3-1 record. Last season in 12 games, Beydoun picked up four more wins, while boosting his save percentage from .903 to .931.
Last weekend, senior Matt Jurusik got the call for both games as the Huskies topped Robert Morris twice. This weekend, Tech opens WCHA action against the University of Alaska.
Off the ice, Beydoun is majoring in engineering. He was picked for the 2018/19 conference All-Academic Team.
Drew Hotte – Tufts
As a sophomore, Hotte had the lion’s share of time in the crease for Division III Tufts last winter, making 17 appearances to earn four of the Jumbo’s six wins. Tufts’ schedule for this season will begin in November.
Peter Thome – North Dakota
The Fighting Hawks return the same goaltending combination as last year. Thome played in approximately a third of North Dakota’s 2018/19 games. However, the former Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick started North Dakota’s last eight games, posting a 4-4-0 record in that time.
North Dakota is hoping to bounce back this season after an uncharacteristic 18-17-2 campaign. The Fighting Hawks were fifth in the NCHC.
A two-game set with Canisius begins on Friday. The conference schedule begins November 8th versus Miami.
Kris Carlson – Alaska-Anchorage
Carlson transferred to play for the Seawolves after first playing for Providence. He took the ice for 15 games with a 3.46 goals-against average.
Anchorage was 3-28-3 last year. They make one of the longest road trips imaginable to begin the season against the Maine Black Bears. The trip to Orono is over 4,400 miles.
Garrett Metcalf – Mercyhurst
The Lakers were one of the teams which opened their schedule last weekend, splitting a pair of games against Arizona State on the road. Metcalf was in net both nights, making 33 saves (20 in the third period) during a 3-2 win last Friday.
Last season, he made 14 appearances with a 6-7-0 record. Metcalf sat out the 2017/18 season after transferring from Massachusetts-Lowell.
If he gets the call again this weekend, Metcalf will be trying to help the Lakers top St. Lawrence.
Cale Morris – Notre Dame
In 2018/19, Morris’ teammates voted him the program’s Most Valuable Player, and he was named 2nd Team All-Big Ten. The Irish were 23-14-3 and earned the top seed in the Northeast Region, falling in the Regional Final against Massachusetts.
Morris played in 35 of Notre Dame’s 40 games last winter, stopping 93 percent of the shots he faced and recording a 2.19 goals-against average. He earned 19 wins and now has 46 for his NCAA career.
The Fighting Irish host Air Force Friday and Sunday.
Hayden Lavigne – Michigan
Lavigne is the upperclassman goalie on the Wolverines’ roster. Last season, he split crease duties with former Fargo Force goalie Strauss Mann. Lavigne was 7-8-3 as Michigan posted a 13-16-7 record.
The Wolverines begin the new schedule this weekend with a pair against Clarkson.
Photo of Robbie Beydoun courtesy of Michigan Tech Athletics.
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