Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Tony Camaranesi started his collegiate hockey career in style. His first shift with the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD), he scored his first point --- an assist on a goal by his freshman linemate, Austin Farley.
"A lot of times, you just want to get that monkey off your back," Camaranesi said. "For both me and Austin, it came off a little quicker that we had thought. It wasn't a bad deal. We didn't have to think about it the rest of the game, so we went out there and tried our best. The puck kind of fell into place right away."
Camaranesi then didn't have to wait long for his first Bulldogs goal.
That came in the team's fourth game of the year, a road contest against Notre Dame.
"Obviously the stats, people pay attention to them," Camaranesi said. "It was awesome to get it out of the way, both the assist and the goal, but I think the most important thing is we're starting to come together as a team. We're starting to get to know each other on and off the ice."
"Tony is a fantastic player," UMD freshman goaltender Matt McNeely said. "He's got tremendous speed, and his work ethic is great. There's a bright future for him as a young man, and we'll see where it takes him. He's definitely a good player and still getting better."
"Tony's a great guy," Bulldogs assistant coach Derek Plante said. "He's really fast, he's got a quick release, and I think he's one of the hardest working guys I've ever been on a team with. I think our whole team is just like Tony is. We're all hard workers, and we know what we have to do. Just perform to the best of our abilities, and I think we have a great team this year."
"I think we've got a great team," Camaranesi said of UMD. "We've got a lot of hard workers. Everyone shows up to the rink right away ready to play, but I think we have a lot of skill to go along with that grit. Once we put it all together, I think we'll be a tough team to beat."