RYE, N.Y. – Aidan Talgo recalled a statement made to him his freshman year on the Rye varsity hockey team regarding goalies.
“I was told that a starting goalie will never have two bad games in a row and that has always been on my mind,” said the Rye senior.
Talgo has not encountered this situation this season, as evidenced by his 1.92 goals against average. Talgo’s play has resulted in his selection as The Rye Daily Voice student-athlete of the month for January.
A four-year varsity player and two-year starter, Talgo has been a major factor in the Garnets’ 13-3-1 season to date.
“With this being a my senior year and playing with a lot of these guys all of my life, I want to win a section championship and state championship with these guys,” said Talgo, who will attend Lehigh University in September.
Following an excellent junior year, Talgo spent the offseason honing his craft. He focused on one aspect of his game that he felt needed work.
“I was working on the high shots,” Talgo said. “It’s natural for a goalie to always drop down, especially me being a bigger goalie. I was dropping down to take away most of the net last year, but shooters were picking that three-foot spot above my shoulders to score.
“Last year, they were adjusting to me during the season, so I had to adjust to them. I am going with a different glove position and I am more patient with the shots instead of just dropping down all the time.”
Talgo’s goals against average keeps diminishing. In his last six games, Talgo has allowed only seven goals. His best performance came in a 2-1 loss to Rye Country Day School.
Talgo and his teammates have shaken off a mini slump and responded with a strong effort in a 4-1 win against recently-undefeated John Jay-Cross River.
“In my sophomore and junior years, we had a mid-season slump and had difficulty recovering from it,” Talgo said. “This year, we feel we can overcome anything, especially after losing our home rink, Playland.”