Thursday, January 27, 2011

Millan Hitting His Stride

We have been waiting a long time for this; the return of Kieran Millan to his Freshman form. Named the  National Rookie of the Year in 2009, Millan was one of the better goalies not only in Hockey East, but in the nation. That season Millan had one of the best season by a goaltender ever in college hockey, an unbelievable 29-2-3 (.897%) record with 3 shutouts and only 67 goals against the whole year. Never mind the fact he did not lose a road game the entire season. Also in '09, he posted a .921 save percentage and 1.94 goals against average.

Millan sticks aside a shot in his freshman campaign
during the Hockey East playoffs against Maine.
(Photo By Matt Dresens) 

Last year was definitely a sophomore slump for the Edmonton Alberta native. Millan had a not so hot .500 win%  and an equally bad .891 save%. Despite having more total saves in '10, he had almost a two goal difference in goals against, a very average 3.15.

This season he has looked almost as good as his first year with the Terriers. While the win% and GAA are still higher than the National Championship year, his save % is not far off at .913. Let's also remember that the team in front of him is no where near the caliber of the 2009 squad.

In the last three games alone, Millan has stopped exactly 100 shots against three top 20 teams. His best performance came on last Saturday against New Hampshire, where he held the #7 Wildcats to just one goal. In that game he stopped 38 shots including 13 in the third period alone.

Millan will have to stay on his game for the rest of the season if BU wants to make a run at either the Hockey East Championship or the NCAA tournament.

Next Weekend could determine the fate of the Terriers as they travel to rival Maine next weekend for two games. As of right now, the Black Bears sit just one point behind the Terrier in the conference standings.

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