Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Season Preview Part III: The Last Line of Defense

Ah, a subject near and dear to my heart. Goaltender. Goalie. Netminder. The last line of defense. The puck stops here.

Starting goaltender. Junior, Brian Foster - Pembroke, New Hampshire native. Brian is perhaps the most cool, calm and collected goaltender I have ever seen in the Blue and White. A goalie who epitomizes the discipline of butterfly goaltending with a superb dedication to form with the size and skill to employ it. The only reason we didn't see a lot more of this 5th round choice of the Florida Panthers is one guy - Wildcat alum, goaltender extraordinaire, Kevin Regan. And after waiting his turn for two years, this is his time so, don't expect to see much of these next two guys for a couple years! Look for Foster to put up Regan like numbers but, with the emphasis on defense, without seeing so many shots. Hey Foster! We're all behind you!

The other guys. I don't want to give these newcomers, Matt DiGirolamo (Penilyn, Pennsylvania) and Tyler Scott (Ridgefield, Connecticut), short shrift but I don't think we'll see either of these two promising freshmen much at all this year. Matt is coming off of back-to-back Runners-up campaigns with the USHL's Waterloo Blackhawks, where he played with fellow freshman, 2008 USHL Defenseman of the Year, Blake Kessel in front of him. Tyler had a fantastic season with the New England prep school league's, South Kent Cardinals leading them to the New England semi-finals after having led the league in saves and putting up very good numbers. I look forward to seeing both perform in this Saturday's exhibition game versus St. Francis Xavier though - the season has arrived nation!

But, before we get there, the final two installments of my 2008-2009 Season Preview - Part IV: The Best Defense... and Part V: Let's Get It Started.

Go 'Cats!


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