(WTNH)–No. 1-seed Quinnipiac hockey plays Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament’s East Regional first round.
RIT can score goals, but fortunately, the Bobcats have one of the nation’s top goaltenders in senior Michael Garteig, who was a freshman the year Quinnipiac advanced to the national title game.
Garteig didn’t play much that season, because the ‘Cats had a red-hot senior goaltender at the time, in Eric Hartzell, who was a Hobey Baker Award finalist.
Now, Garteig will get his final shot to help Rand Pecknold’s team make another run at the Frozen Four.
“As a freshman, I sat behind a phenomenal goalie, and it was frustrating for me because I felt like I could play, but I was young and didn’t really understand how the game was,” Garteig said. “The transition hasn’t been hard.”
“There are 16 teams left, and the 16 goalies are going to be the most important players,” said Rand Pecknold.
Garteig has been in net for all 29 Quinnipiac wins this season. He’s giving up less than two goals per game.