Union College senior defenseman Mat Bodie was very fortunate. He didn’t have to take a final exam for the first trimester.
But that doesn’t mean Bodie was slacking off while the rest of his teammates were taking tests.
Bodie is working on an interesting senior thesis. The liberal arts major is examining the value of NHL draft picks.
“It’s always hockey,” Bodie laughingly said.
What has he learned so far?
“Right now, I’m collecting some data sets,” Bodie said. “The goal is to determine if teams are overvaluing their draft picks, or undervaluing them. I’m learning that just because you’re drafted doesn’t mean you’re going to make the NHL. And just because you’re a draft pick doesn’t mean you’re going to have a long career in the NHL.
“Some of my data shows, right now, that just under 50 percent actually play one game. Then when you look at when you play 10 games, it goes down to about 35 percent. There’s lots of opportunity, though. You can always bring in new guys. If you want to make that next level, you have to put the time in.”
While it is a lot of work to put together, Bodie is having a blast with the thesis.
“I love hockey,” Bodie said. “I love the game, I love playing [it], I love reading about it and researching it. When I asked people what should do for my senior thesis, they said pick something you love. It was easy to find something.”
Mingoia gets assist
Former Union College hockey right winger Trevor Mingoia had an assist in his debut for Providence College on Wednesday as the fourth-ranked Friars skated to a 3-3 tie against No. 5 Quinnipiac at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center
Mingoia assisted on Ross Mauermann’s goal six minutes into the first period.
Mingoia had two shots on goal and was had a plus-1 defensive rating. He played on a line with center Mark Jankowski and left winger Conor MacPhee.
Mingoia played in 18 games for Union in 2011-12, collecting three goals and three assists. He left the school shortly after the start of last season and played with the U.S. Hockey League’s Tri-City Storm.
Cornell freshman goalie Mitch Gillam will never forget his first collegiate game.
Gillam made 24 saves to help the Big Red to a 4-2 over Niagara on Tuesday at Lynah Rink. But that wasn’t the biggest thing he did.
With just under 10 seconds left in the game, Gillam scored into an empty net to become the first Cornell goalie to do so. Gillam gloved the puck, put it down and fired it the length of the ice. It found the back of the net, sending the 3,916 fans into a frenzy.
“I noticed they pulled the goalie a couple minutes ahead of time,” Gillam said after the game. “Whenever you see that, you’re suddenly thinking, ‘Well, maybe this is the one that’ll happen.’
“When the guy shot it, it kind of fluttered at me. I caught it and I noticed most of their team was on the [left] side of the ice. I put it down, I looked up and [Joel] Lowry was sitting there and saying to get it out. ... I shot it right up the gut and it went in the net.”
Cornell coach Mike Schafer was impressed.
“If that doesn’t shows the kind of confidence he has in himself, I don’t know what does,” Schafer said. “I just thought he was going to clear it.”
Gillam is the third goalie to score a goal shooting the puck into the net. The others who did were Western Michigan’s Mike Mantua in 2002, and Michigan State’s Chad Alban in 1998.
Gillam’s start ended senior goalie Andy Iles’ streak of 80 consecutive starts. The last Big Red goalie to start a game not named Andy Iles was Mike Garman against Dartmouth in the ECACH tournament semifinal March 18, 2011. Garman shut out the Big Green, 3-0. Iles started the championship game the next night against Yale, but was pulled midway through the second period after allowing five goals in 15 shots in a 6-0 loss.
Since then, Iles had only been pulled twice from games. Both times occurred last season. Senior goalie Omar Kanji played in the Big Red’s final home game against Union on Senior Night, and he replaces Iles during the team’s 10-0 loss to Quinnipiac in Game 2 of the ECACH tournament quarterfinals.
Quinnipiac didn’t lose its first ECACH game last season until its 17th contest, a 2-1 decision to St. Lawrence.
That won’t happen this season.
The Bobcats shockingly dropped a 4-3 decision to Princeton at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center last Saturday, a night after beating the Tigers, 3-0, at Hobey Baker Rink.
The reason the loss was stunning is that the Bobcats had a 3-1 lead in early in the third period. They usually put teams away. And with the way sophomore goalie Michael Garteig has been playing, it seemed like the Bobcats were going to extend their unbeaten streak to 14 games improve to 7-0-1 in the ECACH and 12-2-1 overall.
Jack Berger pulled the Tigers within one on a goal with 9:22 left. Mike Ambrosia tied it with 3:28 to go. Then, 1:04 late, Andrew Ammon scored the game-winner.
Princeton was outshot, 35-18. The Tigers are without a couple of key forwards, Andrew Caloff (upper body) and Tyler Maugeri (lower body).
“I want to give Princeton credit,” Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said after the game. “They were very opportunistic, and they battled. We did a poor job all night. [We] took a lot of shortcuts. They just found a way to score goals on us.
Quinnipiac was 14-0-2 in its first 16 ECACH games last season.
Big Ten debuts
The first Big Ten Conference hockey games will be played today.
At 5 p.m., Wisconsin visits Minnesota. The game will be televised by ESPNU.
In a prelude to the Saturday’s football rivalry game, Michigan hosts Ohio State at 7 p.m. The Big Ten Network will have that contest.
Here’s a look at how college hockey players from the Capital Region did over the past week.
Wisconsin sophomore defenseman Courtney Burke (Albany) had two assists in the Badgers’ 3-1 win over North Dakota last Saturday.
Brown sophomore defenseman Huner Davis (Clifton Park) collected her first career point, an assist, in the Bears’ 4-3 overtime loss to Vermont on Tuesday.