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06-27-2009, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Canucklehead View Post

Won Bronze at the U18s and seems to be a pretty stocky goaltender. Is Merimack College a high school, or actually part of the NCAA?

They're in the NCAA, dear. They play in Hockey East - the same conference that Boston College, Boston University, Maine and New Hampshire play in.

In answer to your other question about how Joe stacks up against the other US WJC eligible goalies, he stacks up quite well. The sad thing is Team USA didn't invite him to their upcoming evaluation camp either. IMO, they might be kicking themselves for that especially if they don't medal and/or the goalies that are chosen end up struggling.

People who haven't seen Joe play are likely to say that he isn't a good goalie based solely on his W-T-L record and his Merrimack team, who aren't exactly a powerhouse like BC or BU. But Joe singled-handedly won a few games for Merrimack this season. One of the games that I saw, which was against Army very early in the season, the Black Knights clearly outplayed the Warriors, but Joe stood on his head and made something like 40 saves to preserve a 1-0 shutout win for his team. He was also a big reason why Merrimack's overall defensive numbers were better than the previous year as well.

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