In the world of Plattsburgh State senior goaltender Sydney Aveson, the fastest sport on earth doesn't seem all that fast right now.
"Everything seems to be slowing down right now," Aveson said. "I can see the puck coming off the shooter's stick. After I make the save it all speeds up again, it's unreal."
The ECAC West Player of the Year is putting together arguable the greatest season ever between the pipes. She is sporting a 17-1-1 ledger with a record setting .980 save percentage and unreal .037 goals against average.
"I don't think a Division I women's hockey player or Division I men's or women's has had the kind of season she has statistically," Coach Kevin Houle said. "She has been phenomenal."
"It seems like the puck is headed in and then, it's Sydney Aveson making another big save," senior forward Chelsea VanGlahn said.
Aveson has saved her best for last, in 19 games started she has 13 shutouts. In January she came the NCAA DIII leader in the category, earning national praise in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd."
"I was a little nervous about it but in the end you just have to roll with it," Aveson said.
Aveson actually began her career at MSU-Mankato but felt more like a spectator than a student-athlete. It wasn't until she came to Plattsburgh that she found her calling on the ice and in the classroom.
"Its been icing on the cake," Aveson said. "To find what you have a passion for along with hockey is amazing. some people never find that."
However, there is still one piece missing to the journey of the expeditionary studies major.
"Since I was little all I ever wanted to do was play college hockey and win a national championship," Aveson said. "I haven't done it yet but I have a good feeling."
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