A number of St. Lawrence University goaltending records are going to be very difficult to beat once the 2013-14 season draws to a close.
Saint goaltender Matt Weninger heads into his senior season already holding program records for appearances, minutes played, saves and ties, and will be the main man again in the upcoming season, although head coach Greg Carvel is planning on giving him a night or two off.
Weninger has appeared in a record 98 career games, breaking the record of Mike McKenna set from 2001-05 including a record 38 a year ago, snapping the record shared by All America Eric Heffler and Justin Pesony. He has played 5660:28, 424 minutes more than McKenna and last season was in net for 2239:25, 33:20 longer than Heffler in 1998-99. His 2668 saves through three seasons are 244 more than McKenna's previous program record of 2424.
One of the top returning goalies in the ECAC, Weninger also holds the career record for ties with 10 and shares the season record for ties with four in a program which has produced a number of outstanding goalies including seven All Americas and a host of all league netminders.
"Wenny will be our go-to guy again this season, but we will try to give him a little rest now and again. He has earned the starting spot and will play the majority of the time, but with Tyler Parks coming in and Kyle MacDonald coming back, he won't have to play every game," said Carvel.
"The competition coming from the two younger guys should help Wenny's game in that it will push him a little bit more, although we certainly have no complaints over his work ethic and efforts in his first three seasons. We hope to get Tyler and Kyle a handful of games so Matt won't have the burden of having to play every night…it should be good for him," Carvel added.
"With two good young guys backing him up, the competition will be good for both the team and Matt."
Weninger started all 38 games for the Saints a year ago, running his streak to 49 in a row since a Robby Moss start at RPI on Jan. 27, 2012. He is the first Saint goalie to start every game in a season since Bill Sloan started all 25 in the 1954-55 season and has played well over 90 percent of the minutes in the last two seasons including 97 percent a year ago.
MacDonald saw action in three games a year ago and is the only other goaltender on the Saint roster with collegiate experience. Parks has impressive junior hockey numbers and at 6-6, 215 could be the tallest goaltender in Saint program history.