December 6, 2013

ECAC Journal: Carey brothers meshing on same line

By Dan Guttenplan

Greg Carey is on track to be an All-American for the second straight year for St. Lawrence. (Photo: Tara Freeman)

St. Lawrence senior forward Greg Carey lost a hockey brother last spring when linemate and fellow All-American Kyle Flanagan reported to the Philadelphia Flyers at the end of his four-year career with the Saints.

Carey led the nation in scoring playing on Flanagan’s line, notching 28 goals to Flanagan’s 32 assists.

This season, Carey is playing to the wing of the only person who could replace his hockey brother – his actual brother, freshman Matt Carey. Greg and Matt currently rank first and second on the Saints (8-6-2) in scoring, respectively, with 48 combined points.

Older brother Greg (11 goals, 18 assists, 29 points) appears on track for All-America honors for the second year in a row. On Tuesday, he was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Month for December.

“It’s been great playing alongside my brother,” Greg Carey said. “He’s making plays, using his speed to create space, and he’s even burying the puck. I’m happy to finally have the chance to play with him.”

The Carey brothers had hardly any experience playing together when Matt (9 goals, 10 assists, 19 points) committed to the school for the fall of 2012. He enrolled last year but was an NCAA non-qualifier, meaning he had to take the year off from hockey while he improved his grades.

“I think he felt like he should have been helping the team, and we expected to have him,” Greg Carey said. “That’s given him even more motivation for this season. I know he realized how much he wants to be on the ice.”

Greg Carey led the nation in scoring for the month of November with 21 points in 10 games. He scored goals in nine of 10 and is currently on an 11-game scoring streak.

With a 2-2-2 start to the ECAC Hockey season, St. Lawrence has yet to establish itself as one of the favorites in the conference, despite the excellence of the Carey brothers.

“I feel good about where we are,” Greg Carey said. “We want to be playing our best in March, so I think we can continue to improve as we get more comfortable with each other.”

Game of the Week

Quinnipiac at Union, Saturday

Quinnipiac's top line of Sam Anas (12-12-24), Kellen Jones (8-14-22) and Connor Jones (6-13-19) make the Bobcats the only team in Division 1 to feature three players with 19 or more points to date. Union is riding a five-game win streak and is 8-3-2 overall.

ECAC Power Rankings

  1. Quinnipiac (13-2-2; 6-1-1): Quinnipiac senior forward Brooks Robinson has been assessed a one-game suspension by ECAC Hockey after drawing a major and game misconduct for hitting from behind in a game against UMass Nov. 30. He will not be eligible to play against RPI on Friday night.

  2. Union (8-3-2; 5-1-0): Here come the Dutchmen, who are riding a five-game winning streak after sweeping Penn State last weekend.

  3. Yale (6-2-2; 3-1-2): Yale's freshman class continues to produce. Freshman Chris Izmirlian took a feed from classmate Frankie DeChiara and deposited the game-winner in overtime against Merrimack Saturday night.

  4. Cornell (7-4-1; 4-3-1): Freshman goaltender Mitch Gillam became the first goaltender in Division 1 history to score a goal in his collegiate debut Saturday in a 4-2 victory over Niagra.

  5. Colgate (7-7-1; 5-3-0): Colgate has wins in five of its last seven games, downing the likes of Union, St. Lawrence and Clarkson, all on the road. The Raiders are doing it with 17 first- or second-year players.

  6. Clarkson (10-3-1, 4-2-0): Clarkson last played a real game Nov. 16, but the team still looked sharp in a 6-2 victory over Queens University in an exhibition game Sunday at Cheel Arena.

  7. St. Lawrence (8-6-2; 2-2-2): Returning All-American Greg Carey led the Saints to their first-ever victory in Grand Forks over the University of North Dakota Friday when he scored a goal and recorded three assists.

  8. RPI (7-5-2; 2-3-2): Junior Ryan Haggerty (Stamford, Conn.) leads ECAC Hockey with 15 goals. Not bad for the first 14 games.

  9. Brown (3-6-1; 1-4-1): Brown fell to Providence College Saturday in the 28th annual Mayor's Cup between Rhode Island schools. PC improved its record in the Mayor’s Cup series to 16-9-3 and is 11-2-2 this season.

  10. Harvard (4-6-1; 2-5-1): The Crimson have the distinction of being the first team to drop a game to Dartmouth this season after a 2-1 defeat at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H. Saturday night.

  11. Princeton (3-10-0; 2-6-0): The Tigers were outscored by Michigan State 12-3 last weekend. Not a happy ending to Thanksgiving.

  12. Dartmouth (1-8-0, 1-6-0): Big Green goaltender Charles Grant stopped 22 of 23 shots in Dartmouth's first victory of the season -- a 2-1 win over Harvard Saturday night.

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