Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Austin Farley ranks second among rookie skaters in all of Division I men's hockey with 15 points this season, and he has found success while skating with several different linemates.
Early in the year, the freshman forward was skating with Mike Seidel and Tony Camaranesi. This past weekend, he was paired with Caleb Herbert and Justin Crandall.
"Both lines can obviously score some big goals for us," Farley said, "and it's fun to play with those kinds of players."
With seven goals and eight assists through UMD's first 14 games, Farley is quickly developing himself into one of "those" types of players, and his teammates have taken notice.
"He's a real fireplug," sophomore forward Caleb Herbert said. "He never stops moving his feet, and obviously he's had success so far this season."
"He's just a great hockey player," sophomore forward and Hermantown, Minn. native Adam Krause said, "and to step in as a freshman and make the impact he is, it's unbelievable. It's fun to watch him every day. He's a good player, and he's going to do a lot of good things here."
Despite his success early on, Farley says he still has a lot to learn about playing hockey at the Division I college level.
"Just playing more comfortable," Farley said of the key to success. "The WCHA is a tough conference to play in, and I think if you have players that can make the extra plays instead of just throwing the puck away all the time, that's a big difference."
That is just one of the differences that's developed Farley into one of UMD's early difference–makers.