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earned CCHA All-Rookie honorable mention status despite
playing in just 17 games last season.
Statistics: MacIntyre, who saw limited minutes behind
senior Mike Brown last season, posted an unbelievable 31-3-2
record and a 1.77 goals-against average with the North American
Hockey League’s Soo Kewadin Indians in 2003-04.
He Does: MacIntyre earned CCHA All-Rookie honorable
mention status despite playing in just 17 games last season
– he was 5-7-1 with a 3.19 GAA and a .888 save percentage
and, at times, outplayed the incumbent Brown. At 6-foot-2,
he has the height of another former Soo goaltending standout
– 2001 Hobey Baker Award winner Ryan Miller (though
at 204 pounds, he’s about 25 percent heavier than the
willowy ex-Spartan). MacIntyre’s butterfly style, which
draws on squaring his body to the puck, excellent lateral
movement, taking away the lower portion of the net and quick
reflexes, is similar to Miller’s.
Bigger Picture: With Brown, Ferris State’s
career leader in wins and saves, no longer on the scene, MacIntyre
will be counted on to display the talents that prompted San
Jose to use an eighth-round selection on him in the 2004 NHL
Draft for the Bulldogs to succeed. Don’t think it can’t
happen – Brown became the full-time starter as a sophomore
in 2002-03 and backstopped FSU to 30 wins and the school’s
first CCHA regular season title and NCAA Tournament berth.
He's got the physical attributes to handle the increased workload,
but coach Bob Daniels says MacIntyre's conditioning, practice
habits and maturity will determine whether he becomes the
Bulldogs' go-to guy in goal or shares time with freshman Mitch
Ferris State coach Bob Daniels on MacIntyre coming into the
season as the Bulldogs' No. 1 goaltender: “He's
approached it that way, but he realizes he'll be challenged
for the top spot. He'll have to earn it with his play.”