After making 42 saves on Saturday night at Northeastern, Merrimack senior goaltender Craig Pantano has been named our Micro Ice Training Centers Warrior of the Week.
Honorable mention goes to Drew Vogler, who stopped 33 shots on Friday night at New Hampshire.
Pantano finished with a career-high 42 saves and moved into a tie for second place in the country with his fourth shutout of the season and fifth of his career after blanking the 11th-ranked Huskies on Saturday. Northeastern, which boasted a top-10 offense nationwide, was riding a nation-best eight-game winning streak coming into the game. The 40-save performance was the first by any Merrimack goaltender since former Warrior and current Chicago Blackhawk Collin Delia ’17, who had 40 at Notre Dame on Jan. 16, 2016.
Micro Ice Warrior of the Week winners from this season include: Craig Pantano (Week 11), Tyler Drevitch (Week 10), Sami Tavernier (Week 9), Patrick Kramer(Week 8, Week 3), Christian Simeone (Week 7), Chase Gresock (Week 6), Tyler Irvine (Week 5, Week 2), Logan Drevitch (Week 4), Johnathan Kovacevic (Week 1)
Micro Ice is located just down the street from Merrimack College on Flagship Drive. At their facility, they’ve recreated a small pond, where players develop the most important ice hockey skills like puck possession, stick-handling skills, and skating ability. High-quality repetitions done in a fun, creative way is why Finland and Sweden are developing some of the most skilled players in the world, and Micro Ice is mimicking their training model.
The goal of Micro Ice training sessions is to provide the same opportunity for kids in this area while having fun. Micro Ice has always been on the cutting edge of hockey development. USA Hockey, Hockey Canada, and other countries are all following suit and having their youngest players learn the game by playing on smaller surfaces. If a player is successful at Micro Ice, their skill set easily transfers to a full sheet of ice.
While offering training for players of all ages, Micro Ice also has its own youth hockey program, with its teams playing locally in the Valley Hockey League. Former Merrimack forward David Breen is the program director at Micro ice.