Who cares who scored for Mankato? Freshman goaltender Carmine Guerriero (Montreal, Que.) stopped 61 of the 65 shots that he faced tonight. He got peppered all night long, including 28 shots seen in the third period (a school record), stopping 27 of them (a school record). Guerriero’s 61 saves set the modern D-I record, breaking Clarke Saunders’s 58-save record in a 2-1 win over Nebraska-Omaha on Jan. 29, 2011. Saunders retains the modern and school records for most saves in a winning effort. Guerriero falls just one short of the all-time, all-classification school record set by Barry Friedman at Geneseo State in Nov. 1986 (68 SOG).
We’ll probably do something on records after the season is done. Michael is a wizard at these things. But when we talk about a school record, we mean that: no one else has done it better. You’ll also see us talk about the modern D-I record, which is games starting in the 1999-2000 season, the first one playing a full-time Division I schedule. Most schools who’ve played at multiple classifications do this, and it’s our standard as well.
But man, 61 saves. Sleep well tonight, Carmine. You earned it.