Jacob Fowler Etches His Name In NCAA Record Book

2024 NCAA Division I Mens Ice Hockey Championship  Providence Regional
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Montreal Canadiens prospect and Boston College Eagles goaltender Jacob Fowler set a freshman record on Sunday afternoon.

In the game that would decide whether the Eagles would book their ticket to the Frozen Four, nonetheless. Fowler’s 31st win of the season pushed him past Al Montoya for the Freshman wins record by a freshman goaltender with 31. He has been nothing short of impressive and, although it wasn’t his best performance, he held the fort and the troops grabbed the win in overtime. 

After an impressive regular season, Fowler has turned the dial up a notch. It’s almost like he has ice in his veins. And he excels in the pressure cooker moments. 

Great news for the Canadiens, who have compiled a promising group of goaltenders. Samuel Montembeault and Cayden Primeau have done their best to help the Habs. While Jakub Dobes and Kasimir Kaskisuo have been pushing the Rocket towards a hopeful playoff berth. 

Fowler made a post on his Instagram less than a week ago. With the caption: Best time of the year, and he certainly looks to be having a blast. They say goalies are often odd and have their little quirks, but they are the calm that weathers the storm; which Fowler has done. 

With the semifinals set for the 11th of April - Fowler and the Eagles will battle the University of Michigan. Lane Hutson and Luke Tuch’s Boston University Terriers will battle the University of Denver. What a scenario that would be if the Eagles and Terriers met in the National Championship game. 

The attention in Boston is peculiar for Canadiens fans. But the quality of prospects playing for the two Boston teams warrants it. The two top seeded teams have put on a show all season. 

It would be a poetic ending to Hutson and Tuch’s NCAA careers. A huge feat for Fowler to build some confidence ahead of his sophomore season. It's easy to feel it ideal to rush Fowler to the AHL, but another NCAA season, with what will be a less formidable squad next year would be the perfect challenge and scenario for the dominant Freshman goaltender.