Player of the Week: Ryan Ginand

The men’s hockey team has moved up to third in the national rankings following a sweep of Providence last weekend. In these games, senior forward Ryan Ginand tallied four goals and an assist. Three of his goals came in the second game of the weekend series, allowing him to notch a traditional hat trick. Add in the assist and a fight and he earned a Gordie Howe hat trick. This has earned him this week’s Huntington News Player of the Week honors.
‘ Ginand is a native of Milford, and has been skating since the age of 7. He started playing hockey at 10 and in high school he played lacrosse and soccer in addition to hockey.
‘ His 22 points so far this season are tied with sophomore forward Wade MacLeod for tops on the team. He leads in goals with 15 and shots with 105.
He is six goals ahead of the next player and 24 shots in front of second. Three of his goals are game-winners, which leads the team.
‘ ‘I’m just sticking with the system and focusing every game,’ Ginand said. ‘I hold myself accountable for what I do on and off the ice.’
‘ With such a degree of success Ginand and the Huskies could be looking ahead to the end of season. However, they have the Beanpot coming up and still have yet to wrap up anything in league play.
‘ ‘We never overlook any games,’ Ginand said. ‘That is a cardinal sin for any athlete. Of course the Beanpot is in the back of everyone’s head, but you never overlook any games. Every game counts to get into the national finals.’
Ginand grew up knowing about the Beanpot. A major reason for choosing Northeastern, he said, was because he wanted a chance to win the Beanpot.
‘ ‘My mom went to Northeastern, I knew a lot about it,’ Ginand said. ‘The thing that pulled me in the most was the atmosphere of the fans when I came to the games. Also the Beanpot, the chance to win the Beanpot was huge.’
‘ Ginand also remains optimistic about the rest of the season.
‘ ‘Right now we are headed in the right direction. I cant predict the future but good things are going to come, If you keep working hard and stay the same course. We are just going to stay focused the entire time.’

‘ ‘- Nathan Vaughan,
News Staff

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