Boston College will add Yale defenseman Jack St. Ivany for the second semester. St. Ivany is a third-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers and transferred to BC after Yale’s season was canceled due to the Ivy League dropping winter sports for 2020-21.
St. Ivany is a California native who will be an important add on the back end for BC. He had 16 points in 32 games for Yale as a sophomore and had 14 points in 30 games as a freshman; St. Ivany was also a member of the 2019 U.S. World Junior team. Our scouts had St. Ivany pegged as a 4.25-star recruit when he headed into Yale.
St. Ivany isn’t the only Ivy Leaguer to transfer.
Tristan Mullin is transferring to Vermont from Cornell and will be eligible immediately. Mullin had 22 points last season and has 43 points over his last two seasons combined. He was a prolific scorer in the BCHL, scoring 63 goals in two seasons for Powell River.
UMass picked up a couple of grad transfers from the Ivy League. Dartmouth forward Matt Baker and Cornell forward Cam Donaldson are both headed to Amherst in 2021-22 as graduate transfers. Baker had 24 points last season for Dartmouth and Donaldson had 18 points last season.
Matt Galajda is in the transfer portal and won’t be able to return to Cornell for a grad year but the Big Red picked up a goalie for the future in Keopple, a Wisconsin native who is playing for Des Moines in the USHL.
Keopple was just named the USHL’s Goalie of the Week and has a 2.82 GAA and .889 save percentage in six games this season. Last season at Hill Murray he had a 1.66 GAA and .934 save percentage while also playing for Team Wisconsin in the Minnesota High School Elite Hockey League.
NZ Scouts: “He did a good job off challenging aggressively, and showing awareness to cut down angles on shooters who didn’t have any passing options. He also did a good job with rebound control, especially with his stick where he used controlled movements to deflect low shots. His most impressive save came on a one-timer shot on the penalty kill, where he moved into position on his feet in control, and was able to make a nice glove save. Keopple had a great game and earned a strong win with his focus and disciplined play in the crease.”
Farrell is a Maine native who has stayed close to home and is playing for the Maine Nordiques in the NAHL this season, where he has five goals and four assists in 16 games. Prior to his junior career, Farrell played at Northfield Mount Hermon and North Yarmouth Academy. Last season at Northfield he had 10 goals and 26 assists in 28 games.
NZ Scouts: “In the first Reese showed off his speed when he took a defender wide dropping his shoulder and driving the net. Reese was able to draw a penalty by beating his defender who had to trip him to prevent Reese from getting to the front of the net. In the defensive zone Reese had a good stick and was good at timing his swing on breakouts supporting the strong side.”
MacDonald will continue the family tradition of playing for his dad, Blaise MacDonald, at Colby. Jake is set to play at Berkshire School again this season after he had 10 goals and 8 assists for the team in 29 games last season.
Prior to Berkshire, MacDonald was a stud at Greely High in Maine, where in 2018-19 he had 27 goals and 28 assists in just 18 games. In three high-school seasons at Greely he totaled 61 goals and 57 assists for 118 points in 52 games.
NZ Scouts: “Has a good frame to work with and can still continue to add strength but he is able to find his way on the scoresheet because of his on-ice intelligence. He knows when the shot is coming in to head to the net and get his stick on it in order to tip it past the goaltender. Also knows that he can use his size to dislodge the puck, steal it and move forward with an offensive rush. Can give one look to his linemate and execute a give-and-go play to set up a quality chance as well. Utilizes his long reach in order to pull the puck in and fire it on net from any angle. We also like that when he possesses the puck he pulls a defender to him to create more room for his linemate.”