Ryan Ferland seems to have made New Jersey his new home. The freshman from Franklin, Mass., who prepped last season with the New Jersey Titans of the North American Hockey League, has taken the Tigers by the figurative tail in becoming the No. 1 netminder this fall for Princeton University. He had played every minute of the regular-season through mid-November as Princeton went 3-3-1 overall (2-3-1 ECAC).
"I’ve definitely enjoyed it," said Ferland. "I’ve felt my way into the season and gotten into a little bit of a rhythm, and I try to progress each time. It’s slowed down a little bit, and now I’m more comfortable and enjoy it."
Ferland, 19, stopped all four shots he faced in playing the final 8:24 of regulation for the Tigers in a 6-4 exhibition triumph over visiting Western Ontario on Oct. 14. He then made 38 stops two weeks later in his NCAA debut, a 4-2 win over Holy Cross at Hobey Baker Rink, after being named the starter for the first time in his collegiate career.