Carey-ing the Load
St. Lawrence Brothers Lighting Up the Scoresheet
by Joshua Seguin/Staff Writer
The talk about St. Lawrence in the preseason centered around how it was going to replace All-American playmaker Kyle Flanagan, and if Greg Carey would be his normal, goal-scoring self without his presence. The concerns were valid — not only was Flanagan a great playmaker with great vision, but he and Carey had great chemistry.
But those concerns have been put to rest as Greg Carey has found a respectable, replacement linemate ... his brother Matt.
"We clicked right away and the chemistry was right there," Matt Carey said. "Over the summer time all we do is pass to each other. We just clicked and this is kind of the same thing just not at the level but the chemistry was there."
The coach has been impressed.
"They are both very good college hockey players," St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. "They obviously know each other very well and their chemistry is very good."
As a tandem, Matt and Greg have lit up opponents so far, combining for 16 goals and 36 points in 12 games. Greg is second in nation in points with 21 (behind BC's Johnny Gaudreau), while Matt has 15 points and eight goals.
"He (Matt) complements my game and I complement his game very well," said Greg Carey. "It's letting him do what he has to do and myself doing what I have to do, then finding white ice and being there for the puck. Marty does a great job of finding that white ice and letting us kind of use our natural chemistry."
Both have been placed on the same line alongside a very similar player in Chris Martin. The chemistry between the brothers is something that is highly noticeable but the latter has also done well on the opposite wing.
"We have put them with Chris Martin who is just a warhorse who works real hard," said Carvel. "He gets pucks to them and creates time and space. Both Matt and Greg are both very skilled men."
"We get pucks down low," said Greg Carey. "We use our size and our speed to try to let our skill come through trying to draw guys and dishing it off."
St. Lawrence's run-and-gun style is certainly fun to watch, but the team has now allowed five goals in three straight games — including an 8-5 win over Dartmouth and a pair of losses. So that is something that will have to change. But at least the scoring part is there, something that was a bit uncertain coming into the season.
And while, at times, Greg has been snake-bitten in the goal department, clanging a few posts, he has picked up the playmaking side of his game. The goals will happen in high numbers as the season goes along, but his candidacy for the Hobey Baker award will hinge on an all-around game.
"Greg is just a true goal scorer," said Carvel.
Matt on the other hand, along with seeing the ice well, may in fact be the more pure goal scorer of the two. Every time the freshman steps on the ice, there is an opportunity for a goal. His speed and vision of the ice is impressive but goal scoring will ultimately be what he is known for. Against Dartmouth, the younger Carey picked up his first career hat trick.
"Matt does things at a real high pace," said Carvel. "Everyone wants to call him a playmaker because of his brother but he is just a great hockey player. He is a good offensive player and he sees the ice. I think he is more of a goal scorer than a playmaker."
"I am more of the playmaker of the two us," said Matt Carey. "That is usually our roles and he is more of a goal scorer. So far this year though it has been him to me. So maybe we can switch around and get him a few more."
Like his brother, Greg, Matt has the uncanny ability to be in the right places at the right time. That was certainly the case against Dartmouth, but it has also been his calling card this season. More often than not those chances end up in the back of net.
Matt was originally set to be a freshman last year but had to sit out a year for academics. But the year may have been good, or at least it looks like it hasn't set him back.
It would have been two years playing together for the brothers' Carey, but they are relishing the opportunity of playing just one year together. It is something that most brothers dream of at such a high level.
"It has been really fun to play with Greg," Matt Carey said. "It has been a dream for our family growing up to get the opportunity to play together."