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.
CANTON — Junior Woody Hudson scored two goals and freshman Jacob Pritchard tallied a goal and an assist to spark St. Lawrence to a 5-3 victory over Carleton University on Saturday night in an exhibition game at Appleton Arena.
With the game tied at two, Pritchard scored the go-ahead goal 15 minutes, 29 seconds into the second period and Hudson followed with the eventual game winner at 13:13 of the third period.
Sophomore goalie Kyle Hayton stopped 14 of 16 shots faced over the first two periods to earn the win for the Saints.
Freshman goalie Arthur Brey made three saves on four shots faced in the third period to preserve the victory.
St. Lawrence opens the regular season as it hosts a pair of Atlantic Hockey opponents — Niagara on Friday and Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday, both 7 p.m. starts.
Sophomores Mike Marnell and Nolan Gluchowski each scored a power-play goal for the Saints against Carleton.
Senior captain Brian Ward, senior Christian Horn and freshman Mike Laidley each recorded two assists for St. Lawrence.
The Saints, who out shot the Ravens, 45-20, also went 2-for-6 on the power play and killed off both Carleton man advantages.
Former Clarkson player Mitch Zion scored for the Ravens.
St. Lawrence leads its exhibition series with Carleton, 5-1, including a 4-0 victory last year.
The accolades continue to roll in for St. Lawrence University’s Kyle Hayton.
After a freshman season in which he established himself as one of the top young goalies in the nation, Hayton has been once again recognized at the national level, this time garnering All-American status.
Hayton has been selected as first team goalie for College Hockey News’ preseason All-American team, the publication announced on Tuesday.
Hayton is coming off a season in which he was honored as ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year and finished as a finalist for the Mike Richter Award finalist, which recognizes the most outstanding goaltender in the nation.
A Denver native, Hayton engineered a record-setting season for the Saints in his rookie year, finishing with a 1.95 goals against average and a .937 save percentage, both program records, and also set the school record for shutouts with five.
Hayton was also named to last season’s All-ECAC Hockey second team as well as to the conference’s All-Rookie team.
He helped lead St. Lawrence to a second-place finish in ECAC Hockey’s regular season and backstopped the team to the league tournament semifinals in Lake Placid, where it was edged by Colgate, 4-3, in overtime.
Also representing ECAC Hockey as preseason first team All-Americans are Harvard senior forward and Hobey Baker Award-finalist Jimmy Vesey and Union junior forward Mike Vecchione. Michigan sophomore Zach Werenski and Denver sophomore Danton Heinen selected as first-team defensemen, with Minnesota-Duluth senior forward Andy Welinksi rounding out the first team.
The Saints will host Carleton University in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
St. Lawrence opens its regular season on Saturday, Oct. 10 as it will host Niagara and Rochester Institute of Technology the next night, both 7 p.m. starts at Appleton Arena.
Last season, St. Lawrence University took ECAC Hockey by storm, finishing in second place and eventually reaching the conference semifinals in Lake Placid.
After they were picked to finish 11th in the league in the 2014-15 campaign by the conference’s coaches, the Saints are clearly on the league’s radar this year.
St. Lawrence has been selected to finish second in ECAC Hockey in the regular season by the conference coaches. The Saints were picked to take fourth place in voting by the media.
“This is a new challenge for us,” St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. “We won’t be able to sneak up on any teams like we did last year.”
St. Lawrence went 20-14-3 last season, including forging a second-place finish in the regular season last season, the program’s best showing since the team won the 2006-07 title en route to reaching the NCAA Tournament.
The Saints then hosted and swept Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in two games in a quarterfinal series to advance to ECAC Hockey’s final four for the first time since 2010. St. Lawrence was edged by Colgate in overtime in an ECAC Hockey semifinal, 4-3, in Lake Placid last March.
“And as a group we know what we did last year, which was pretty good, and we can’t expect this is going to get us the same result,” Carvel said. “We need to be better in every area and keep getting better as a team and as a program. But it’s exciting to have a little bit of recognition from our peers going into the season.”
In the coaches poll, defending league tournament champion Harvard was picked to finish first, with St. Lawrence second, and Yale and Quinnipiac rounding out the top four.
Yale was selected by the media to finish first, with Quinnipiac second, Harvard third and St. Lawrence fourth.
St. Lawrence junior defenseman Gavin Bayreuther was selected to the media’s ECAC Hockey All-Conference preseason team. Bayreuther scored the tying goal late in the third period to send the game into overtime in the Saints’ ECAC semifinal loss to Colgate.
CANTON — Six St. Lawrence University men’s hockey players will participate in National Hockey League development camps over the next few weeks, one of the largest contingents of Saints to do so in the same summer in program history.
NHL teams use the development camps to acclimatize their draft picks to how the organization works and familiarize them with other young players in the organization. The camps aren’t only for draft picks, though, and the teams invite undrafted players to attend to fill out the camp rosters and to give the clubs a longer look at promising future free agents.
None of the Saints attending prospect camps are draftees. Three, forward Woody Hudson, who will be a junior next season, goalie Kyle Hayton and defenseman Matt Purmal, who will be sophomores, will be in the Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp while rising junior defenseman Gavin Bayreuther will attend the Columbus Blue Jackets camp, rising sophomore forward Mike Marnell will take part in the New York Islanders camp and defenseman Nolan Gluchowski, who will also be a sophomore next season, will attend the Toronto Maple Leafs camp.
While important for the players in terms of exposure and experience, St. Lawrence head coach Greg Carvel also considers the opportunities significant for the Saints program.
“It is a great testament to the direction of our hockey program that we will have six players from next year’s team participating in NHL Development camps over the next few weeks,” Carvel said. “These players have all worked extremely hard on their games in order to receive the opportunity to showcase themselves at the pro level.
“Four of these players were freshmen last year and the other two were sophomores, so these camps will also be helping our team at SLU to develop and become stronger for the future. I am very proud and excited for the entire group.”