The Catamounts finished fourth in the conference, and the biggest reason behind the turnaround from the year before was freshman goaltending sensation Joseph Fallon. He is widely considered the top current NCAA goaltender eligible for the draft. The Bemidji, Minnesota native rewrote the school goaltending record books. Fallon finished the season with a 17-10-4 record that included five shutouts in 32 appearances. His 1.96 goals against average ranks eighth in the nation while his .921 save percentage ranks 14th. He also finished 20th in the nation with a .613 winning percentage. Fallon’s 1.96 GAA and his five shutouts were new school single season records, while his .921 save percentage was the second highest single season record in school history. Fallon’s exceptional season earned him numerous honors including the ECACHL and the New England Divison I Rookie of the Year honors. He was also named to the ECACHL, USCHO and Inside College Hockey All-Rookie Teams.
2007-08: Even though Fallon posted a 15-13-5 record with a 2.38 GAA and .915 save percentage during his senior season at the University of Vermont, it was a down year for the net-minder compared to previous seasons. That being said, Fallon became the schools’ all-time leader in shutouts (20) and is second all-time in NCAA history. He led the Catamounts to the Hockey East Conference final and was signed to an entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks in April.
2008-09: Assigned to ECHL Fresno, but moved to Gwinnett when Fresno folded.
Fallon is a big goaltender at 6’3 who covers a lot of net. He is a stand-up type with extremely good lateral movement. Fallon displays great confidence, focus and is very consistent. He has the ability to make the second and third saves and does a very good job of controlling his rebounds. He follows plays well and stays square to the shooters. He is also willing to challenge shooters. Fallon is a very good on his angles and does a great job of covering the lower part of the net. His puckhandling ability, which isn’t one of his strongest attributes, is an area that Fallon can improve in.
Traded to the St. Louis Blues on 3/1/10. Will spend the remainder of 2009-10 season in Peoria (AHL).