Matt Climie listed amongst nation’s top incoming freshmen
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Inside College Hockey tabs Beaver frosh as 10th-best incoming goaltender in the nation BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State freshman goaltender Matt Climie (Leduc, Alberta) has been named the 10th-best incoming freshman goaltender in the nation by Inside College Hockey.

Climie (6-2, 190) comes to BSU after two years as a dominant goaltender for the Truro Bearcats in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. In 2003-04, he posted a 30-10-5 record and led the MJAHL with a 2.61 goals-against average. He rolled up 1,377 saves in 2,724 minutes played last year, saving at a .920 clip.

Climie was a two-time Bearcat Player of the Week, earning the honor in consecutive weeks on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, 2004. The Feb. 16 award came after he had faced 98 shots in two games, leading the Bearcats to a split with Yarmouth and Campbellton, and the Feb. 23 award followed a 29-save shutout of Antigonish.

He was selected to the 2004 Cavendish Cup first-team as an MJAHL All-Star, and following the season was named Season MVP and with teammate Daniel Turner won the league’s “Best Goaltending Duo” award.

Climie’s 30 wins in 2003-04 tied for sixth in the Canadian Junior A Hockey League, and he was fourth with a .921 save percentage. The CJAHL comprises 137 teams in 10 member leagues.

Starting Sept. 14, Inside College Hockey ranked the nation’s top 20 incoming freshman forwards, and Climie was included in the Sept. 15 rankings of the nation’s 15 top incoming defensemen and 10 top incoming goaltenders. The rankings were compiled with “extensive input from college and junior coaches, as well as professional scouts.”

Of the 45 players listed by INCH, Climie was the only representative from a College Hockey America program.

In total, players from 24 institutions were recognized in the rankings. Minnesota, New Hampshire and North Dakota tied for the most representatives on the list with four apiece; Boston College and Maine each had three players listed; Bowling Green, Denver, Michigan, Ohio State, Providence and Wisconsin each had two; and Boston University, Brown, Clarkson, Colorado College, Cornell, Dartmouth, Ferris State, Massachusetts-Lowell, Miami (Ohio), Michigan State, Nebraska-Omaha and Union joined Bemidji State with one representative apiece.

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Bemidji State, the defending College Hockey America regular-season champion, opens its 2004-05 campaign on Friday, Oct. 22 against Ferris State. The puck drops at 7:35 p.m. Central time at John S. Glas Fieldhouse on the BSU campus.

Inside College Hockey’s Top 10 Incoming Goaltenders
1. Cory Schneider, Boston College (Phillips Andover)
2. Kevin Regan, New Hampshire (USHL-Waterloo)
3. Philippe Lamoreaux, North Dakota (USHL-Lincoln)
4. Peter Mannino, Denver (USHL-Tri City)
5. Derek MacIntyre, Ferris State (NAHL-Soo)
6. Peter Vetri, UMass-Lowell (BCHL-Williams Lake)
7. Tyler Sims, Providence (NAHL-Youngstown)
8. Matt Lundin, Maine (Apple Valley HS)
9. Justin Mrazek, Union (BCHL-Estevan)
10. •Matt Climie, Bemidji State (MJAHL-Truro)