Tyler Marble has a reputation as a big-game goalie from his time with the Soo Eagles when he was named the top netminder in the North American Hockey League for the 2012-2013 season.
Now, after having missed his entire freshman season with the Colorado College Tigers of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in 2013-2014 with a shoulder injury, Marble has stepped up as a high-end, Division 1 goalie this 2014-2015 campaign.
Colorado College recently completed the 2014-2015 regular season with a lowly, overall record of 6-24-3 — including a 2-19-3 mark to finish last in the eight-team NCHC.
But despite the Tigers low standing, Marble himself put up rather-impressive numbers with a 5-16-2 record, 3.39 goals against average and .900 save percentage.
By comparison, Marble’s goaltender partner at Colorado College, Chase Perry, posted a record of 1-8-1 with a 4.05 goals against average and .873 save percentage after being a fifth-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings at the 2014 National Hockey League draft.
At any rate, as he rounded himself into top form after missing all of 2013-2014, Marble saved his best for the final four games of the 2014-2015 regular season.
In four impressive starts — two of which went to overtime — Marble stopped 142 of 149 shots for an eye-popping .953 save percentage to go with a 1.67 goals against average and 1-1-2 record for the Tigers.
The 6-foot-2, 185 pound Marble, a Detroit area product who just turned 23-years old in January of this year, has drawn favourable comparisons in both athleticism and ability to Connor Hellebuyck, who is the top goaltending prospect of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets.
The 22-year old Hellebuyck left U-Mass Lowell after two outstanding seasons to begin his pro career in impressive fashion in 2014-2015 with Winnipeg’s American Hockey League affiliate, the St. John’s Ice Caps.
As for Marble and Colorado College, they now face the daunting task of playing the top team in the NCHC, the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, in the opening round of the playoffs.
PHOTO: Colorado College Tigers goalie Tyler Marble, in action this season.