Shortridge, Swayman face off as opposite goalies in D1 game
Eagle River’s Andrew Shortridge finally earned some bragging rights by beating Jeremy Swayman of Anchorage in a head-to-head matchup between NCAA D1 goaltenders from Alaska’s largest city.
Shortridge made a season-high 33 saves compared to Swayman’s 22 as Quinnipiac University beat the University of Maine 7-2 in men’s hockey action in Orono, Maine.
Last year, Swayman earned a pair of wins as Maine swept Quinnipiac in Hamden, Connecticut.
This time, however, was Shortridge’s time to shine.
The junior was sharp early as he turned aside 16 shots in the first period and another 13 in the second period.
Shortridge improved to 4-0 on the season with a career-best 1.25 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.
The 6-foot-4 netminder improved to 28-19-2 in 50 career games. His 26 wins is No. 2 among Alaska’s active college goaltenders at the D1 level.
Swayman bounced back with a strong performance in Game 2 of the series in a 2-0 loss.
The 6-foot-2 sophomore slipped to 4-7-1 in 12 appearances for Maine.
The Boston Bruins draft pick has a 19-19-4 record in 43 career games.
Before the season, Swayman of Anchorage was the only Alaskan nominated among the 20 goalies named to the preseason watch list for the annual Mike Richter Award.