Jr. | G | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Key Statistics: In 18 starts after taking over primary goaltending duties from Joe Howe in December of last season, Thorimbert posted a 10-7-1 record, a 2.11 goals against average, a .931 save percentage, and two shutouts. His record against WCHA opponents was a sparkling 12-4-1.
What He Does: Coach Scott Owens says from a technical standpoint, Thorimbert does all the right things—squares up to the puck, controls rebounds, makes the difficult save look easy. But perhaps his best attribute is his poise; even as a 17-year-old freshman, Thorimbert had a maturity beyond his years. “He’s had a very calming effect on the team,” Owens said. “He takes everything in stride.”
The Bigger Picture: With approximately 40 percent of its scoring from last season gone, Colorado College is a team in transition. There’s still plenty of veteran talent and a few promising newcomers up front but until the forward units jell, expect Thorimbert and a veteran defensive corps—five of the team’s top six blueliners from last year are back in the fold—to give the offense time to evolve. And in a league in which a proven commodity between the pipes is the exception and not the rule, Thorimbert and no. 2 goalie Joe Howe could provide the edge the Tigers need to emerge from what promises to be a tightly bunched WCHA middle class.
Colorado College coach Scott Owens on Thorimbert: “As he gets older, he’s getting physically stronger and as he gets more experience, his game has matured. He has a quiet confidence about him.”