Monday, November 30, 2009

Nanook Skater of the Week: #29 Andy Taranto

Seriously. Are you surprised? This Nanook rookie has the highest point total of all rookies in all of NCAA D-I hockey with 18. He has 5 power play goals, tying him in 6th with many others, and is one of only two freshman with that tally, alongside Michigan State's Derek Grant (although, Andy has notched that tally in two less games).

Coming off of a 4 point weekend, Andy notched 2 power play goals, 1 even strength goal, and recorded an assist in the series against Northern Michigan. Andy also notched the game winning shoot out goal in Friday's contest. This guy is going to go down as one of our greatest recruits. He's faster and a better stick handler than Kyle Greentree was, and, he's almost on pace for a 50 point season.

When in the defensive end, he does a great job bringing pressure to the puck and making the guys work to move the puck. He gets in the passing lanes and forces bad angle shots. Offensively, he sets up camp in front of the crease, screening the goalie and knocking in rebounds. He's also got one hell of a shot too, with incredible accuracy.

Andy is a great player and a great addition to this team. Congratulations for being selected as the Nanook Hockey Blog's Skater of the Week, as well as the CCHA Rookie of the Week.


Fargo Force Blogger said...

Good to see Andy Taranto having success at UAF! Very nice blog you got going here!

GoNooks314 said...

Hey Thanks!! Andy is having some great success in our program and is really thriving. He is leading all division one rookies in NCAA. He really is a great player. Our next series after WMU is a home series against Fargo's former coach Dean Blais and the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks.