Friday, May 25, 2007

CCHA Goalies

The situation: Chad Johnson and Wylie Rogers both return. Both had down years last season, but have a lot of talent.

Survey Says: They can prevent goals, but can they also score them for the 'Nooks?

Bowling Green

The situation: Goalie has been one of the biggest holes for BG ever since Jordan Sigalet left. Jimmy Spratt has had awful statistics, and last year, freshman Eddie Neville didn't do much better. NTDP goalie Josh Unice will be joining the team and should have every opportunity to win the starting job.

Survey Says: BG needs Unice to be very, very good, or it could be another disastrous season.

Ferris State

The situation: Mitch O'Keefe won the starting job over Derek MacIntyre two seasons ago, but didn't play all that well last season. Freshman Pat Nagle will join the Bulldogs after being one of the NAHL's better goalies.

Survey Says: If O'Keefe can't return to his freshman season form, Nagle could earn a lot of playing time.

Lake Superior

The Situation: The Lakers lost a great goalie in Jeff Jakaitis. Pat Inglis played well in limited minutes last season. Brian Mahoney-Wilson will also compete for playing time.

Survey Says: I think Inglis will be the full-time starter and will surprise people by having a great year.


The Situation: Jeff Zatkoff and Charlie Effinger have both been very good and are both back for next season.

Survey Says: More of the same from the RedHawks goalie duo.


The Situation: The maligned Billy Sauer will be back as a junior. Freshman Bryan Hogan will compete for playing time, as will freshman Shawn Hunwick.

Survey Says: Michigan fans would love to see Hogan win the job, but Sauer will likely be the starter the majority of the time. Sauer made strides last season, and should make another big stride this season.

Michigan State

The Situation: Jeff Lerg is back for his junior season.

Survey Says: It will be impossible for Lerg to live up to the legend he built in the four NCAA tournament games last season, but he should still be an exceptionally solid goalie.


The Situation: Jeremie Dupont was one of college hockey's youngest players last season. He split time with Jerad Kaufmann.

Survey Says: With an extra year of experience, Dupont should be better, and should see the majority of the playing time.

Northern Michigan

The Situation: The Wildcats have sophomore Brian Stewart, freshman Reid Ellingson, and returnee Derek Janzen.

Survey Says: Stewart may get more playing time to start the season, but Ellingson is likely the long-term solution for Northern.

Notre Dame

The Situation: Notre Dame lost Hobey candidate David Brown to graduation. The Irish will have two former NTDP goalies in junior Jordan Pearce and freshman Brad Phillips.

Survey Says: Pearce hasn't been outstanding in his limited playing time. I think the two may split time to start the season, with one emerging as the starter later in the year.

Ohio State

The Situation: Joe Palmer will be back for his second year.

Survey Says: Palmer has a lot of talent, and should get even better this season.

Western Michigan

The Situation: I don't think Daniel Bellissimo will be returning for his senior season. That leaves sophomore Riley Gill and freshman Jerry Kuhn to compete for playing time.

Survey Says: Gill played very well as a freshman, and should continue to be the starter.