Denver | Sophomore
Statistics: 41 GP, 12-28—40
which averages more than four goals per game and boasts
what may be the most balanced offense in the nation, an
offensive firepower? Or are the defending champion Pioneers,
who have allowed just seven goals during their current seven-game
winning streak, a lockdown defensive club?
debate will rage at least until next Thursday’s semifinal,
but no player personifies the Pioneers’ versatility
more than Matt Carle.
sophomore from Anchorage, Alaska, is half of the nation’s
most feared pair of offensive defensemen, joining junior
Brett Skinner to score 16 goals and 75 points. Carle had
12 of those goals on his own, one shy of the national lead
for defensemen, and tied for sixth on the high-scoring Pioneers.
shines in his own end as well, however, a prerequisite for
this award where Paul Coffey types need not apply. Carle
is consistently matched up against opponents’ top
lines, a bonus for head coach George Gwozdecky since he
can keep his best offensive defenseman on the ice –
something he takes advantage of for upwards of 30 minutes
is it offense or defense that sets the Pioneers –
and Carle – apart? In the end, with results like these,
it’s a moot point.
Noah Welch, Harvard