September 8, 2004

Sr. | G | Montreal, Que.


Key Statistics: St. Pierre doesn't have gaudy numbers, but they would be significantly better if he had more support around him. He finished 7-13-4 with a 3.07 goals-against average and .905 save percentage for the Falcons last year. His GAA has improved each of his first three years in Waltham, and his 2003-04 saves percentage was a career-best. A starter ever since he stepped on campus, St. Pierre holds the school records for saves, minutes played and just about every other aggregate goaltending statistic there is.

What He Does: St. Pierre succeeds because of his quickness, which you pretty much have to have as a 5-foot-9 butterfly goalie. His quick feet launch him from post-to-post in a heartbeat, and he is nimble enough to spring to his skates in time to square up to most rebounds. St. Pierre also is a fierce competitor who likes to see a lot of shots — and make a lot of saves — every game.

The Bigger Picture: Quite simply, as coach Ryan Soderquist says, St. Pierre is "the backbone" of the Falcons. The team struggled to score last year (2.47 goals per game), which doomed St. Pierre's win-loss record, but the Falcons should have a bit more offensive gusto this year. Still, there will be an incredible amount of pressure on the guy between the pipes during most games. St. Pierre must be magnificent for Bentley to contend for the league title, but it wouldn't surprise many of his teammates or coaches if he were just that.

Bentley coach Ryan Soderquist on St. Pierre: "He's absolutely the difference maker on our team. In college hockey, bottom line, goaltending is the answer. As well as he can play, he can take us to the next level. He wanted to come to a team where he was needed and where he would be depended on to make a difference. If we can score three or four goals a game this year, I know Simon can keep the other team to one or two."

— James Jahnke

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