BOZEMAN, Mont. – Yet another New England team makes the flight to Big Sky Country.
This time it’s a Central Conn. State team that has emerged as a running mate of Bridgewater State’s for CLC supremacy.
Like the Bears before them, the Blue Devils have a puncher’s chance against the Bobcats.
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“This is quite exciting,” said Central Conn. State Brendan Frobel*. “We feel like we have All-American-quality personnel at every level of the field. And we know that will get tested against a quality Montana State outfit.”
Thanks to the scheduling of Chris Kelley, the Bobcats are ready for a big postseason push.
Montana State traveled to Minot, N.D., to face St. Thomas and Duluth before hosting St. John’s and Utah State – all of them tournament teams from 2019.
Rookie goalie Ryan Hockenbury – a Vermont transplant – has stepped into the starting goaltending role and held up nicely. He benefits from the gritty defensive middie play of Casey Krueger and junior defender Ian Bolin.
“Pretty safe to say that our kids are pumped up for this matchup,” said Kelley*. “Central Connecticut is big and surprisingly athletic. Hopefully our early season schedule has us well-prepared for this contest.”
[*- The coach didn’t really say this. This is all made up. It’s fake]