EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Due to playing junior hockey, now-sophomore goalie, Zach Dyment, was ineligible for his 1st semester as a freshman last season. Since stepping in midway through his freshman campaign, the young Blugold goalie has put up solid numbers. Dyment is our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week.
“To have the ministry of defense in the back, so-to-speak, with Zach, it’s easy for them to play,” high praise from 12th year head coach, Matt Loen, for his sophomore netminder, but it’s well-deserved, especially with Dyment’s numbers this season: a 9-1 record in goal and a 1.40 goals against average.
He attributes his success to simply being on the ice.
“Experience. Just playing a lot of games at the end of last year really helped,” Dyment said. “A lot of big games in playoffs, that’s big for experience. And my D-corps, just communicating with them, they’re great. They block shots, they move the puck quick.”
Dyment has already compiled 17 wins and a .911 save percentage. To keep up those numbers, it’s going to take even more hard work.
“At our level, it’s hard to motivate guys because we don’t have scholarships or all the fluffy stuff that DI programs have,” Loen said. “He’s gotta want it and have passion about it. He could potentially be an All-American for us.”
Being a young goalie, nerves could play a factor, but to Dyment’s teammates, that’s not the case.
“He’s seeing a lot of puck. He stays really calm and keeps us calm in front of him,” Lucas Kohls, a senior forward, said.
It helps to outscore your opponents by over two goals a game, and this young offense looks to continue their steady scoring throughout the conference season.
“Just the way we’re moving the puck,” Dyment said. “We move the puck well on the offensive side because we cycle it well. That wears out the other team and we’re able to capitalize on it.”
Good thing for Dyment, he has two seasons left in a Blugolds sweater, and his surrounding cast is only getting better.
“We’re not rebuilding or anything like that. We just want to sustain our winning ways,” Loen said of his young squad. “They’re a good group to build off of. Not looking ahead, but these guys can gel together and win a lot of hockey games.”
The Blugolds will host UW-Stout Wednesday at Hobbs in their conference opener at 7:00pm.