Chris Fitz Gerald is a sportswriter for the Watertown Daily Times.
Chris has covered hockey over the course of three decades, with his past beats including Union College of the ECAC and the Albany River Rats of the AHL, as well coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals (2003), the NCAA Frozen Four (2001) and several NCAA Regionals and ECAC Tournaments.
After breaking in as a part-time writer at The Record in Troy, N.Y., in 1990, Chris worked at The Daily Editor in Cobleskill, N.Y., from 1992-94, before returning to The Record, where he served as a sportswriter from 1994-2010 and as a news reporter for a year. After working at the Glens Falls Post-Star as a news copy editor, Chris joined the Watertown Daily Times staff in May 2012.
A native of Scotia, N.Y., Chris is a graduate of the State University of New York's College at Brockport, where he majored in journalism and minored in history.
St. Lawrence Universitys Greg Carey was selected as an All-American for the second consecutive season garnering first-team honors, which was announced on Friday by the American Hockey Coaches Association.
Carey, one of three Hobey Baker Award finalists, and the first Saints player to be a finalist for the prestigious award, was in attendance for the announcement of the award Friday evening in Philadelphia. Johhny Gaudreau of Boston College was announced as winner of the Hobey Baker Award.
St. Lawrences first two-time All-American since 1998 and the programs seventh overall, Carey was also honored as ECAC co-Player of the Year, was named to the Senior CLASS Award All America first team, was named a College Hockey News All Star and finished as back-to-back ECAC league and overall scoring champion.
Carey, who led the nation in goals (28) as a junior and ranks second in the country in assists (39) as a senior, finishes third in the nation in scoring this campaign with 57 (18-39) points.
St. Lawrence University senior Greg Carey has been selected as a top three Hobey Baker Award finalist the first in school history.
The high-scoring forward was chosen as a Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist for college hockeys prestigious honor a year after he finished in the top 10 in Hobey Baker voting as a junior.
Last year, Carey led the nation in goals and this year he sits second in the nation in assists (39), third in points (57) and first in power-play points (31).
He led the Saints in scoring for four straight years and repeated as ECAC Hockey scoring champion this season. Carey was named the conferences co-player of the year and was a finalist for student-athlete of the year in the ECAC.
Johnny Gadreau of Boston College and Nic Dowd of St. Cloud State are also finalists for the award.
The Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced on Friday, April 11.
HAMILTON Darcy Murphy scored three goals and assisted on another as Colgate University defeated St. Lawrence University, 4-3 on Saturday to win both Game 2 and an ECAC Hockey playoff quarterfinal series at Starr Rink.
Goalie Charlie Finn stopped 23 of 25 shots faced to earn the win for the No. 17-ranked and second-seeded Raiders (19-12-5) who advance to the leagues championship weekend in Lake Placid, where theyll face third-seeded Quinnipiac in a semifinal on Friday.
Greg Carey scored two goals for the eighth-seeded Saints (15-19-4), including a tally with 3:14 remaining to pull St. Lawrence within 4-3.
Joe Wilson contributed a goal and two assists for Colgate, which avenged a first-round series loss to St. Lawrence last season.
Matt Weninger finished with 20 saves for the Saints, who were swept in a quarterfinal playoff series on the road for the second consecutive season.
Carey, a Hobey Baker Award candidate for the second straight campaign, finishes with 185 career points, which ties him for second all-time at St. Lawrence with Brian McFarlane and Mike Lappin. He ranks also fourth all-time at the school in goals (84) and is tied for seventh in assists (101) with former teammate Kyle Flanagan.
HAMILTON Colgate University scored two power-play goals in the first six minutes of the game and went on to hold off St. Lawrence University, 2-1 to win Game 1 of an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal playoff series on Friday night at Starr Rink.
Tyson Spink scored a man-advantage goal 2:29 into the game for the 17th-ranked and second-seeded Raiders (18-12-5) and then set up Kevin Loughs power-play tally at 5:09.
Goalie Charlie Finn made 23 saves for Colgate, which can close out the best-of-3 series with a victory at 7 tonight.
Justin Baker scored a goal at 14:20 of the third period for the eighth-seeded Saints (15-18-4).
Goalie Matt Weninger stopped 29 of 31 shots for St. Lawrence.
While Colgate went 2-for-3 on its man advantages, the Raiders also blanked St. Lawrences nation-leading power play, but the Saints were limited to only two opportunities.
St. Lawrence, which swept Colgate in the first round of the playoffs last year, needs a victory tonight to avoid being swept in the quarterfinals for the second straight year.
The Raiders are looking to reach the ECAC Hockey final four for the third time in four years.
By virtue of their two-game sweep of the ninth-seeded Bears, the eighth-seeded Saints (15-17-4) move on to the conference quarterfinal round for the second consecutive season against an opponent still to be determined.
Eric Sweetman, who scored the deciding goal in double overtime in St. Lawrences 3-2 victory over Brown on Friday, and Gavin Bayreuther also scored for the Saints.
Senior goalie Matt Weninger made 23 saves to secure the win for St. Lawrence.
The Saints will play on the road in the quarterfinal round for the second straight season as last year they were swept in two games by eventual national champion Yale.
St. Lawrence could travel to either top-seeded Union, Quinnipiac or Colgate, depending on the outcome of a pair of third-and-deciding playoff games today, with Princeton playing at Clarkson and RPI hosting Dartmouth.
Garnet Hathaway and Ryan Jacobson each scored for Brown (11-17-3) and goalie Tyler Steel made 25 saves.
CANTON Freshman defenseman Eric Sweetman scored one minute, 27 seconds into the second overtime to lift eighth-seeded St. Lawrence University past ninth-seeded Brown, 3-2, on Friday night in Game 1 of an ECAC Hockey first-round playoff series at Appleton Arena.
Senior goalie Matt Weninger made 26 saves, including 13 stops in the first overtime period, to secure the win for the Saints (14-17-4).
Senior forwards Kyle Essery and Greg Carey also scored for St. Lawrence, which led 2-1 through two periods.
Brown (11-16-3) tied the game on Nick Lappins goal with 54.2 seconds remaining in regulation.
Freshman goalie Tyler Steel finished with 43 saves for the Bears.
Game 2 is set for 7 tonight in Canton, with the third game, if necessary, to be played Sunday.
CANTON Jeremy Wick scored three goals to spark St. Lawrence University past Princeton, 5-0 on Saturday night in an ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena.
Matt Weninger made 14 saves to record the shutout for the Saints (13-17-4, 7-11-4), who finish in eighth place in the league and will host a first-round playoff series for the third consecutive year.
Kyle Essery also scored for St. Lawrence and Gavin Bayreuther contributed a goal and two assists.
The Saints will host Brown in a best-of-three playoff series beginning Friday.
The last-place Tigers (5-24, 4-18) will play at Clarkson in the first round of the playoffs.
CANTON Matthew Peca totaled a school-record six points, including four assists as No. 8 Quinnipiac routed St. Lawrence University, 8-0 on Friday night in an ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena.
The Bobcats (22-8-5, 12-6-3) scored five power-play goals, including four straight, to dispatch the Saints (12-17-4, 6-11-4) and clinch a first-round playoff bye.
Goalie Michael Garteig made 24 saves to record his sixth shutout of the season, also a school record, for Quinnipiac.
Matt Weninger stopped 15 of 20 shots faced for St. Lawrence, which was without head coach Greg Carvel, who was out with an illness.
With the loss, the Saints drop to 4-10-2 at home this season and have won just once in their past 12 games in Canton.
With one regular-season game remaining, St. Lawrence is tied for ninth place in the conference with Dartmouth and Harvard, and is still in the hunt to host a first-round playoff series.
The Saints, who will host Princeton at 7 tonight, actually sit in 10th place as Dartmouth owns the tiebreaker.
St. Lawrence needs to win tonight and get help from several other teams a Brown loss to Union and a loss or tie by Dartmouth against Colgate in order to secure home ice for the first round of the playoffs.
SCHENECTADY Daniel Carr scored two goals and registered an assist as No. 3 Union College rolled past St. Lawrence University, 6-2 in an ECAC Hockey game on Saturday night at Messa Rink.
Goalie Colin Stevens made 24 saves as the Dutchmen (22-6-4, 16-3-1) clinched the leagues regular season title outright, the third in program history.
Union scored the games first five goals, including two scores within a span of 23 seconds in the first period. The Dutchmen went on to score three more goals in the second period.
Alex Hagen and Gunnar Hughes each scored for the Saints (12-16-4, 6-10-4), who were dealt just their second loss in their past six road games (3-2-1).
Matt Weninger allowed five goals on 25 shots for St. Lawrence, before he was relieved by Tyler Parks (eight saves) late in the second period.
TROY Matt Weninger stopped all 22 shots he faced and Greg Carey registered three assists as St. Lawrence University blanked Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 4-0 on Friday night in an ECAC Hockey game on Friday night at Houston Field House.
Chris Martin scored a goal and assisted on two others for the Saints (12-15-4, 6-9-4) and Riley Austin contributed a goal and an assist.
Matt Carey also scored a goal for St. Lawrence, which improved to 3-1-1 over its past five road games and also snapped a four-game skid against the Engineers.
Weninger, who made eight saves in the third period to hold off the Engineers, recorded his seventh career shutout and his first of the season.
Scott Diebold finished with 28 saves for RPI (13-13-5, 7-8-4).
After Martin opened the scoring with his goal seven minutes, 43 seconds into the second period, Austin followed with a score at 18:33 of the period for his first goal of the season for a 2-0 St. Lawrence lead.
Matt Carey and Patrick Doherty followed with breakaway goals in the third period, with Carey scoring at 3:30 and Doherty followed with a shorthanded tally at 11:02.
With the victory, the Saints moved into sole possession of eighth place in the league, one ahead of Brown, which was edged by Dartmouth, 2-1 in overtime on Friday.