|Matt Nieto fires a shot vs Northeastern this past March|
(Photo by Matt Dresens)
After a slow start, Nieto still managed to finished the year second on the team in scoring with 37 points, one behind freshman Danny O'Regan. Nieto hit 100 points two weeks ago against Merrimack in the Hockey East Quarterfinals. In total, the Long Beach, California native posted 102 points (44g, 58a) in 115 games played. He is the first junior since Nick Bonino to hit the 100 point mark in his third year on campus.
Nieto was recently ranked the fifth best prospect in the Sharks organization.
Undoubtably, this a big loss for next year. The good news is, I saw on Twitter today that Garrett Noonan will most likely be back for his senior year. Unfortunately Nieto's departure breaks up one of the best lines in all of college hockey. Him, Danny O'Regan and Evan Rodrigues were on fire at the end of the year. The 20 game stretch prior to the Hockey East Semis, the O'regan-Nieto-Rodrigues line was the top scoring line in the country in that span of time. They posted 73 points, (33g 40a). **Stats from Brian Kelley**