February 14, 2002

Freshmen Play Key Role in Red's Success

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Every year, the men’s hockey team knows that it will lose about one-fourth of its most experienced players. And every year it looks to fill those empty spaces with fresh faces. Although it doesn’t contribute the bulk of scoring, the Class of 2005 has made a significant impact to the success of the No. 7 Red squad.

Though freshman goalie David LeNeveu — who leads the nation in goals against average — has been in the spotlight all season long, there are six rookie skaters behind the highly-touted netminder who have also filled the void left by the Class of 2001.

“We’ve got a pretty good class. We’ve got a lot of skill,” freshman Charlie Cook admitted.

Blue-liners Cook and Jeremy Downs have played in every contest this year. Downs, who scored his first collegiate goal against Brown Feb. 2, is becoming a legitimate scoring threat. Cook has become a solid defender who mans the point well.

Forward Mike Knoepfli has the most points of any rookie on the team (four goals and four assists). Meanwhile Mike Iggulden, back from a badly broken wrist, has cemented his place on the first line aside junior captain Stephen B