Departing Air Force goaltender Shane Starrett offered a strong endorsement to junior-to-be Billy Christopoulos, who is the leading candidate to succeed Starrett as lead goaltender next season.
"He's a great goalie," Starrett said. "You saw it last year. He can play at this level. I believe he's a great goalie, and they'll be fine with him. They'll make a good run with him."
Last season, Starrett compiled a 26-6-4 record as starter with a 1.99 goals-against average. Meanwhile, Christopoulos was 1-4-1 as starter with a 2.79 goals against average. One of Christopoulos' losses was a 4-3 setback to Denver, the eventual NCAA champ.
Air Force coach Frank Serratore said Starrett's departure "bums me out." (Serratore used the words twice.)
"But I'm equally as excited for Billy," Serratore said. "Billy has been the ultimate teammate. I am so excited for Billy to get a chance. It's his job to lose for next year."