2009-10: Zane Gothberg played for Thief River Falls High School in Minnesota. In 28 games, Gothberg recorded a 18-8-1 record along with a 1.81 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.
2010-11: Gothberg played for the Fargo Force in the USHL – splitting the goaltending duties with Nebraska-Omaha recruit Ryan Massa. He appeared in 23 games for the Force and finished with a record of 14-8 with two shutouts. Gothberg had a 2.23 GAA and .908 save percentage. Massa handled the bulk of the playoff duty for Fargo. In one playoff appearance, Gothberg allowed three goals on 19 shots in a losing effort. Gothberg committed to playing college hockey at North Dakota in 2012-13.
2011-12: Gothberg took over as the starter for Fargo in his second USHL season. He played in 46 games for the Force and was 26-20 with four of the losses coming in overtime. Gothberg had 7 shutouts and finished with a 2.22 goals against and .921 save percentage. The Force finished fourth in the Western Division and reached the second round of the Clark Cup playoffs. Gothberg was 3-3 in the playoffs with a 1.78 goals against and .942 save percentage. He shared the USHL’s goaltender of the year award with Green Bay’s Ryan McKay.
2012-13: Gothberg’s role steadily increased for North Dakota as a freshman. Backing up junior Clarke Saunders, a transfer from Alabama-Huntsville, for most of the season, Gothberg made 10 of his 17 appearances in February and March, including two post season starts. He stopped 31 of 34 shots in a 5-3 win over Michigan Tech in the opening game of the Fighting Sioux’ WCHA first round series with Michigan Tech and made 28 saves in a 2-1 win over Niagara in the NCAA West regional semifinals. Gothberg was 9-4-3 and had a 2.46 goals against and .920 save percentage for the season. North Dakota finished third in the WCHA and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after an overtime loss to Colorado College in a WCHA quarterfinal game. The Fighting Sioux lost to eventual national champion Yale in the NCAA West Regional final.
2013-14: McIntyre emerged as one of the top goalies in college hockey in his sophomore season at North Dakota. In 33 games for the Fighting Sioux he was 20-10-3 with three shutouts and had a 1.99 goals against and .926 save percentage. North Dakota finished second to St. Cloud State in the newly-formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference; losing to Miami, 3-0, in the NCHC semifinals but earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Midwest Regional with a win in the league’s third-place game. The Fighting Sioux defeated Wisconsin and Ferris State to win the regional; falling to Minnesota 2-1 in the Frozen Four semifinals on a goal in the game’s final second.
McIntyre is a dexterous and athletic goalie with strong puck handling skills. His style is a bit of a throw-back, combining elements of the butterfly technique with an ability to improvise and scramble, not unlike that of one-time Blackhawk’s netminder Marty Turco. Competitive to the point where he hates to give up on a play he uses his height and long limbs to make stops that look out of reach. McIntyre's hybrid style and reliance on reflexes sometimes make him prone to poor rebound control; an area he has worked to improve while at North Dakota. McIntyre displays some uncanny natural instincts, reads the play well, and has the poise and patience to wait out shooters in one-on-one situations.
McIntyre is coming off of a third straight solid season in North Dakota, winning 29 of his 42 starts last season. His reliance on athleticism and his unorthodox style may take a while to translate to the pro level against the more skilled scorers in the NHL. At the same time, McIntyre, once a late round project pick, has steadily emerged as a legitimate candidate to one day secure a starting spot at the big-league level.