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2018-02-08 / Local News

Buffalo State senior goalie reflects on collegiate career


Ian Sylves Ian Sylves The end. It’s something that every senior athlete must come to terms with at some point during that final season no matter the school or sport. For Buffalo State senior Ian Sylves, it has been an interesting journey. The starting goalie of the men’s hockey team is coming off two hip surgeries within the past calendar year. Now, Sylves and the Bengals are starting their stretch run of the 2017-18 hockey season with the hopes of winning the first State University of New York Athletic Conference title in program history.

Buffalo State, (15-5-3) is currently in third place in the SUNYAC with two regular season games left on the schedule before quarterfinal play begins. As of Jan. 21, Sylves is the No. 1 goalie in all of Division III hockey in shutouts (five) and goals against average (1.50). Sylves is also third in Division III in save percentage (.946), but admits he is more focused on the overall success of the team.

“It’s very bittersweet for me, because I’m really going to miss this team,” Sylves said. “The individual accolades are nice, but I don’t worry too much about that. We have a chance to do something that no team has ever done here, and right now we are looking to lock up a home spot for the playoffs.”

Sylves is a 2012 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. He played four years as the goalie and co-captain for the JFK/Cleveland Hill club hockey team.

“Playing for that team gave me the idea of playing college hockey, and I don’t know if I would have played at Buffalo State if not for that JFK team,” Sylves said.

Sylves received his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance in 2017 and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in economics.

“My goal is to leave this program in a good spot for the next wave of athletes to come in,” Sylves said. “I’m hoping to continue playing hockey after college, but I will worry about those plans once this season ends. I love the game, so I want to play for as long as possible, but another option that I’m interested in is coaching.”

The team will be on the road this weekend to take on Plattsburgh on Friday night and Potsdam on Saturday night before the SUNYAC quarterfinals, which will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. To learn more about the Buffalo State men’s hockey team, visit www.buffalostateathletics.com.

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