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2019-20 Season Preview: Northeastern

Northeastern Shamrocks

Conference: CCC

2018-19 Record: 6-13-1

Tournament Result: As 13-seed lost in the Division III First Round to 4-seed Sheehan 6-1

Head Coach: Galen Byram (4th season)

Key Returning Players: Kiyan Pourmaleki (F, Jr.), Noah Fleming (F, Jr.), Eric Slater (F, Jr.), Jack Terrance (D, Sr.), Mike Riehl (D, Sr.), Nick Miranda (G, Sr.), Derek Leshak (G, Sr.)

Impact Newcomers: Jason Tew (D, Fr.), Austin Jonas (D, So.), Patrick Frommer (F, So.)

Goalie Situation: Senior Nick Miranda manned the crease for the Shamrocks for a large chunk of last season to a 3.25 GAA, .920 save percentage clip. Fellow senior Derek Leshak also showed glimpses of solid play in net posting a 3.20 GAA and a .900 save percentage. They are back to duke it out one last time and possibly platoon. Junior Zach Holm is also in the mix but playing experience certainly favors the aforementioned two.

Key Losses: Sean Power, Kyle Johnson, Max Sendley, Andrew Crowl (all to graduation)

Outlook: The Shamrocks return in their second year since rebranding and they return a solid crew. They’re also pretty firm in net with two experienced goaltenders who should provide some security all year. Up front junior Noah Fleming (6 goals, 10 assists) leads the way. Fellow junior Kiyan Pourmaleki (7 goals, 3 assists) certainly knows how to light the lamp. Also look for junior forward Eric Slater to put in a quality year this season for the co-op. On the blue line, seniors Jack Terrance and Mike Riehl bring some valuable experience and veteran leadership. The Shamrocks are also really excited about the newcomers mentioned above, claiming that some have the ability to come in and contribute right away. While they graduated two of their top three leading scorers, Sean Power and Max Sendley, from a year ago, I don’t think all is lost and word out of Shamrocks’ camp has definite excitement coming from it. This is a group built from the goal mouth out with solid, returning D and some offense that will have to adjust to not having Power, Sendley and Kyle Johnson but I think the Shammies will surprise some people this year.

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