Tigers assistant sharing his time, learning the job

By BRIAN GOMEZ THE GAZETTE Updated: January 4, 2006 at 12:00 am • Published: January 4, 2006
USA Cycling receptionist by morning, Colorado College volunteer assistant coach by day and night. That’s Matt Linsday, whose first season on the Tigers’ coaching staff has been a “learning experience,” even though he hasn’t collected a pay- check. Lindsay, 29, spent the past three seasons as an assistant under Mark Taylor at Hobart (N.Y.) College. He also worked as an assistant at Utica (N.Y.) College, and he played at Williams (Mass.) College. When Lindsay is not helping run practice, he reviews game film with assistant Joe Bonnett and assembles teaching clips for players using the team’s new digital video system. “The opportunity to work with players at this level is a special treat for me,” Lindsay said. “It has been more than what I was hoping to get out of this.” Lindsay credits assistant Norm Bazin for opening the door for him at CC. Bazin and Taylor were assistants together at Massachusetts-Lowell. Captain Marty Sertich said his teammates respect Lindsay because of his strong work ethic. “You can tell he’s a hardworking guy,” Sertich said. “He’s always at the rink. Every time we come here, his car is here, and every time we leave, his car is here.” Chances are Lindsay won’t work as a volunteer assistant forever. His goal is to become a full-time assistant at a Division I school. “I can’t be a volunteer my whole life,” Lindsay said. Crabb sizzled at GLI How hot was right wing Joey Crabb at last week’s Great Lakes Invitational? Crabb had four goals and three assists on a team-high 19 shots, leading now-No. 5 CC (17-6-1, 9-4-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) to wins over now-No. 7 Michigan and Michigan State. “I have been playing a lot better lately,” said Crabb, the Inside College Hockey Player of the Week. “I started off a little slow, and I have started getting more confidence. The more opportunities I get, the more confidence I get.” CC coach Scott Owens also noticed Crabb’s rise in confidence. “He just looked so confident with the puck all the time,” Owens said. “Shorthanded he played with confidence, and he was the aggressor. He did a good job defending as well.” Sertich nearing record Sertich has a chance to tie the school record for the most games played in a career. Cal Elfring holds the record with 171 games from 1994 to 1998. Sertich has played 148 games. For him to tie the record, he would have to play the remaining 14 regular-season games, a total of five games among the first round of the WCHA playoffs and the WCHA Final Five, two games in the NCAA Regional and two games at the Frozen Four. “I definitely would rather be playing than watching,” said Sertich, who never has missed a game at CC. “As long as I can stay in the lineup, I’ll be happy.” Sertich admits his career has gone faster than he anticipated. “It seems like I was a freshman a couple of days ago,” Sertich said. “When I was a freshman and a sophomore, all the older guys would say how it goes by so fast. You don’t believe it until you get to this point.” NEXT No. 1 Wisconsin (16-2-2, 11-1-2 WCHA) at No. 5 Colorado College (17-6-1, 9-4-1), 7:37 p.m. Jan. 13, 1240 AM
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