By Evan Slavit
To harp on that a bit longer, Troy Grosenick ‘14 has had a remarkable season. To start the year, most prognosticator’s biggest fear with the Dutchmen was the question mark left in net with Keith Kinkaid ‘11’s departure to the AHL. Let’s just say Troy has answered that question in a big way.
He currently leads all of college hockey in both goals against average (GAA) and save percentage. Those numbers are 1.5965 GAA and a .939 save percentage. The next best GAA is Quinnipiac’s goalie Eric Hartzell at 1.9417, almost half a goal higher. Or to compare him to another big-time Union goaltender, Keith Kinkaid had a 1.9863 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
Those numbers have led to improved defensive numbers as well. Last season Union let up an average of 2.1 goals a game, good for second in the nation. This season they have improved, only letting up 1.83 goals a game, good for first in the nation.Obviously this isn’t just Grosenick. The defense has been playing great as well, but even the players on the team will tell you Grosenick has bailed them out more than a few times.
“Troy has been great for us all year,” said sophomore Daniel Carr. “There is no doubt about that. He has been a rock back there for us in net. There have been games where we have been awful, and he has held us in there.”
He was great for them again on Saturday, almost posting a second consecutive shutout. Union ultimately won 5-1, but blew the shutout for Troy while on the power play. It was the second consecutive week a shorthanded goal broke up Grosenick’s attempt at a shutout.Still, Grosenick is tied for fifth in the nation with three shutouts this season, and, more importantly, Union picked up all four possible points this weekend, to bring them to second in the ECAC.
Next week the Dutchmen travel to face Yale and Brown, two teams they lost to earlier this season. They will be looking for different results this time.