2020-21 Season Preview: Northeastern Shamrocks
2019-20 Record: 1-19-0
Head Coach: Galen Byram (5th season)
Key Returning Players: Eric Slater (F, Sr.), Matt Calderoni (D, Sr.), Austin Jonas (D, So.), Noah Fleming (F, Sr.), Kiyan Pourmaleki (F, Sr.), Zach Holm (G, Sr.)
Impact Newcomers: TBD
Goalie Situation: Senior Zach Holm is now tasked with the goaltending duties after Derek Leshak and Nick Miranda graduated.
Key Losses: Jack Terrance, Joe Chatterton, Derek Leshak, Nick Miranda (all to graduation)
Outlook: Last year was a year to forget for the Shamrocks. They won one game and were held to one goal or fewer in 11 games. The rebranding looks great, but the wins just haven’t come. In fact, the Shamrocks/BCR are 13-65-2 over the last four years and haven’t had a winning season since 2013-14. When you’re in these lulls, you need to turn to veteran leadership and I think that’s what’s going to carry Northeastern this year. Senior Zach Holm, in net, is a veteran leader and will do everything in his power to keep the puck out. Upfront, seniors Noah Fleming (7 G, 6 A, 13 Pts), Kiyan Pourmaleki (7 G, 3 A, 10 Pts), and Eric Slater (1 G, 4 A, 5 Pts) will look to add on to the nice years they had in 2019-20. On the blueline, senior Matt Calderoni and sophomore Austin Jonas will lead the way. There are a lot of unknowns at this point for the Shamrocks but with some of the top-end talent in the CCC South this year, it’s hard to believe the Shammies can have a huge turnaround season.