August 10, 2005

Air Force
Jr. | D | South Windsor, Conn.

Gineo, 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.


Key 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.

What 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.

The 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 can get.

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.”

— James Jahnke

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