COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey senior Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School) earned Northeast-10 Conference Goalie of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, Feb. 9. This is Decker's league-leading third NE10 Goalie of the Week accolade this winter.
Juniors Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers) and Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express) and sophomore Matt Egan (Hingham, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) earned spots on the NE10 Weekly Honor Roll.
Decker went 2-0 with a 1.00 goals-against-average and .973 save percentage while yielding just one even-strength goal in a sweep of Southern New Hampshire University, helping Saint Michael's take over first place in the NE10. He made 31 saves in a 3-0 shutout on Friday before making 40 stops during a 6-2 victory on Saturday. Decker helped the Purple Knights hold the Penmen to a 1-for-9 power-play showing for the series.
Decker earned his fourth career shutout, moving him into a tie with Dave Donzanti '15 for first in program history. Decker is tied for fourth in school annals in season wins (11) with the most since Tyler Bilton '09 had 11 in 2008-09. Decker is first in the NE10 in wins), second in the NE10 in save percentage (.915) and fifth in GAA (2.80).
Flack scored two goals, including a game-winner, while going plus-3 and 12-for-28 on faceoffs in a 2-0 weekend at Southern New Hampshire. Flack netted the winner at 9:44 of the third period in a 3-0 victory on Friday before potting a power-play tally at 17:13 of the second period in a 6-2 win on Saturday, when he was 8-for-14 at the dot. Flack has more than doubled his career point total entering the season thanks to notching 13 assists and 18 points. He is tied for second in the NE10 in game-winning goals, with all three coming in NE10 play, while Flack is tied for 11th in assists. He is plus-4 for the season while leading the team in faceoff wins (188).
Foster turned in a goal, two assists, two blocks, a plus-3 rating and a 61.2 percent faceoff showing (30-for-49) during a 2-0 weekend against Southern New Hampshire. In a 3-0 win on Friday, he was 12-for-23 on draws while assisting an empty-net goal with 1:11 remaining. In the Purple Knights' 6-2 victory the next day, Foster scored 35 seconds into the second period to give his team the lead for good before adding an assist with 1:15 to go. He blocked two shots and finished 18-of-26 at the dot.
Despite missing time due to injury, Foster has played in 13 games for the Purple Knights this season, recording 11 points. His nine assists match a career high Foster had in 27 contests as a sophomore. He is currently on a seven-game point streak, recording nine of his 11 points during the stretch, and leads the team in faceoff winning percentage (58.7%) while standing third in victories (148).
Egan dished out three assists while going plus-2 during a 2-0 weekend against Southern New Hampshire. Egan assisted the winning goal 9:44 into the third period of a 3-0 victory on Friday before dishing out two helpers during a five-goal second period that lifted the Purple Knights to a 6-2 win on Saturday. Egan is tied for 15th in the NE10 with 12 assists, three times more than the four he had in his first year with the Purple and Gold. He has 16 points this year, more than double his first-year total (7), and is plus-5.
At 14-8-2 overall and 10-5-1 in the league, the Purple Knights sit atop the NE10, one point ahead of Assumption College. The Purple and Gold are amid a 13-day lay-off before taking on Stonehill College in the final weekend series of the regular season on Feb. 21-22.