Thursday, April 14, 2016

Senior Series #4 Matt Lane

This is post #4 in the Senior Series. You can find the first three posts here(Ahti Oksanen, Sean Maguire, Mike Moran)

Matt Lane is the exact type of player that college hockey teams need to be successful. He came in as a freshman that was a bit outshadowed on his U-18 team that included the likes of Seth Jones and Jacob Trouba amongst others. Lane arrived at BU and from day one he could skate with anyone in college hockey. He was a similar type player with Cason Hohmann in that he was a small, fast skater who had to work hard to develop his scoring touch during his time at BU. Lane's points, goals, and time on ice increased over each of his four seasons ending with him playing a crucial Top 6 role this past season as an assistant captain. Current coach David Quinn mentioned Lane as a hard working leader numerous times throughout the last season even going out of his way to mention Lane's improved shot which resulted in 14 goals this season.

It was easy to root for Lane as a player as he always worked hard on both ends of the ice and had the ability to score a pretty goal or kill a big penalty. He was a complete college hockey player and that has paid off as he has signed a contract with his hometown AHL Rochester Amerks to join former BU teammates Cason Hohmann, Evan Rodrigues, and Jack Eichel in the Buffalo Sabres organization.  Lane was one of the last Jack Parker recruits and certainly didn't disappoint Parker's go to line of playing " a thorough game of hockey". I don't remember a Lane mistake happening that cost BU a game or a chance to win a game and that is because he played a complete two way game as a forward. Lane will be missed on Comm Ave for his leadership and point production but we  certainly wish him the best of luck in his professional career. Keep making goalies look like Parker Milner.

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