William Lane and John Martin shared Hood’s goaltending duties last year with Lane starting in nine games and Martin starting the other seven.
The anticipated competition to start in 2012 between the pair of juniors never materialized, however, as Martin, who registered a 10.01 goals-against average and a .581 save percentage, was ruled academically ineligible for the season.
That opens the door for Lane to open the season as the undisputed starter – although that doesn’t necessarily fit with coach Jeremy Mattoon’s preference.
“I’m an old school guy,” Mattoon said. “I’ve always had goalie rotations, I’ve believed in them. But I think if you’re going to have just one goalie, that’s a pretty good guy to stick in there. [Lane is] a guy you pen in there for every game, and you feel comfortable that he’s going to make 12 to 15 saves.”
The Blazers have four other goalkeepers – Ian Chalmers, Cody Haas, Joseph McCulloh and Nick Reinberg – on the roster, but they are all first-year players.
“I don’t think at this point I would start a freshman goalie,” Mattoon said. “I have fundamental problems with starting a freshman goalie in our conference. And I think Will has earned the right – he’s been here through the first two seasons and he’s platooned in the goal – to be the starter.”