Photo courtesy of Brian Jenkins, Burlington Free Press
An all-time great hockey name is about to don the crimson and gold. Yesterday, University of Vermont goaltender Packy Munson announced via Twitter that he is going to transfer to the University of Denver, effective immediately. Due to NCAA eligibility rules, Munson will have to sit out the 2016-17 season, current DU goaltender Evan Cowley’s senior year, before resuming eligibility in the 2017-18 season.
Extremely excited to announce that I will be furthering my education and hockey career at the University of Denver #NCHC
— Packy Munson (@Pmuns33) May 17, 2016
After the Catamounts’ starting goalie Mike Santaguida was sidelined with an injury part-way through the2015-16 season, Munson, a freshman, stepped up to man the crease. In his unexpected starting role, Munson shined, posting a 9-10-1 record with a very good 2.37 GAA and .920 SV%, which was good enough to place him fifth among freshman netminders.
The timing could not work better for the Pioneers who already have two solid, albeit statistically pedestrian goalies in Tanner Jaillet and Evan Cowley. As a sophomore and the starter for the second half of the season, Jaillet posted a 17-5-5 record on top of a 2.27 GAA and .922 SV% while leading the Pios to their first Frozen Four appearance in more than a decade. Cowley, a junior during the 2015-16 campaign, earned an 8-5-1 record with a 2.07 GAA and .929 SV%.
Munson figures to share time in the crease with senior-to-be Jaillet in 2017-18, the year after Cowley graduates. In short, Munson will fill the roster void left by Cowley when his time as a Pioneer comes to an end.
Count this as another great addition by coach Jim Montgomery on his quest to add an 8th National Championship banner to the rafters of Magness Arena.
Stay tuned into LetsGoDU over the next couple of weeks as we will put together a comprehensive recruiting update looking ahead to the 2016-17 season.