Jr. | D | South Windsor, Conn.
Air Force's lone all-conference selection last year, will
try to help the Falcons improve on their fifth-place finish
in this, their last CHA season.
Statistics: Gineo was tied for third on the team
in goals (nine), tied for second in assists (14) and alone
in third place in points last season. With 23 points, he tied
Alabama-Huntsville’s Jeremy Schreiber for most points
by a CHA defenseman. His nine tallies were most by a league
blueliner. Four of his goals came on the power play.
He Does: The 6-foot, 195-pounder does just about
everything equally well, so much so that nothing about his
game stands out above the rest. He’s a responsible defenseman
who almost always is in the correct position on the ice. He
has good size for a CHA d-man, and he uses his strength when
necessary. His success on the offensive end mostly stems from
making smart decisions with and without the puck. Gineo also
is a leader in the Falcons’ locker room.
Bigger Picture: The CHA can boast of several excellent
defensemen this season, and Gineo is right up there with them.
He has the ability to take the next step and become a first-team
all-conference player (he was second-team last year) in Air
Force’s last season before bolting for Atlantic Hockey.
If he can put up numbers similar to last season’s, he’ll
probably earn that honor. The team certainly hopes he maintains
his production level, because, with leading scorer Brandon
Merkosky (a buddy of Gineo’s from juniors) transferring
to Clarkson, Gineo trails only Andrew Ramsey on the team’s
list of top returning point accumulators. Needless to say,
the light-scoring Falcons can use every drop of offense they
According to Gineo: “Defense comes
first for me. It just seems that I get some bounces (on the
offensive end) or somebody scores right after I pass it to
them. I’m kind of lucky, I guess. I don’t have
hands, so I don’t try to dangle guys or anything. I
look for a pass or a shot before I try to beat someone one-on-one.”