It pretty much came down to a numbers game. After consultations with the SCSU coaching staff, sophomore to be goaltender Zach Driscoll has made the decision to play Junior Hockey for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Junior Hockey League in 2017-18. With a year of eligibility remaining for junior hockey Driscoll has several choices. He could choose to take a red shirt year and return to SCSU with another year of high level hockey behind him or transfer to another NCAA program. Driscoll apparently is leaving his options open.
Prior to joining SCSU for the 2016-17 season, Driscoll competed for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League in 2015-16 playing for former SCSU coach Fred Harbinson. In 2012-13 Driscoll led his Eastview H.S. team to the Minnesota State High School Tourney and in the process earned all-conference, all-metro and all-state honors. In 2014-15 he split time between the Austin Bruins of the NAHL (2.19 GAA | .921 SV% in 14 games) and the Omaha Lancers of the USHL (2.86 GAA | .897 in 18 games).
Driscoll started 11 of the Huskies first 15 games in 2016-17 but then did not start a game for SCSU after December 9. Driscoll finished the season with a 6-6-1 record, 3.18 GAA and .888 SV% – numbers that led the coaching staff to rely on sophomore goaltender Jeff Smith the bulk of the second half of the season. With the Huskies bringing in promising Slovakian goaltender David Hrenak via the Green Bay Gamblers for the upcoming season it nudged Driscoll in the direction of the USHL for 2017-18. Driscoll told the St. Cloud Times ” As a goalie, you want to play every game. Going back to juniors and playing 40-45-50 games before going back to school is a really good step for me and my development in hockey.”
The Huskies will rely on goaltenders junior Jeff Smith ( Maple Ridge, BC), freshman David Hrenak (Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia) and junior David Zevnik ( Lakeville, MN) to start the season.