Havalchak has enjoyed a tremendous start to his collegiate career. In his debut on the road against No. 13 Towson on Sunday, Feb. 23, Havalchak had 20 saves as RU upset the No. 13 Tigers in overtime, 10-9. In his second game, at home against Manhattan on Wed., Feb. 26, Havalchak made 11 saves while allowing just three goals in a 7-3 Rutgers victory. The three goals allowed by Rutgers were the fewest since a 19-2 win over Albany on April 7, 2001.
In his latest action, Havalchak stopped 12 shots while allowing just six goals as the Scarlet Knights defeated Delaware, 11-6, on Saturday, March 1.
According to the latest league stats, Havalchak leads the ECAC in both save percentage and goals against average, while playing in at least one more game than any other goalie, except Navy’s Seth DiNola. He leads with a save percentage of .705, and with a goals against average of just 6.00.
This was the second time in the Jim Stagnitta era that a Scarlet Knight has been named ECAC Rookie of the Week, as Jamie Lovejoy (Holbrook, NY) was named on March 4, 2002.
Havalchak and the No. 16 Scarlet Knights will compete in two games this week, at home against Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m., and at home against Albany on Saturday, March 8, at 12 p.m.