Local college hockey: SLU goalie Hayton planning to transfer to Wisconsin

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In three seasons at St. Lawrence University, Kyle Hayton has established himself as one of the most decorated goalies in the history of the men’s hockey program.

Now the talented Hayton likely won’t have the opportunity to expand on this success — in which he set several notable records, including season and career shutouts at the school — as he is planning on transferring to the University of Wisconsin to play hockey.

The All-American goalie is now in the process of finalizing a school transfer to Wisconsin, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal.

However, a St. Lawrence University official would not comment on Hayton’s current status with the program or the school.

Hayton needs to officially complete his graduation requirements at St. Lawrence to clear the way to move on and transfer from the school.

The 23-year-old Hayton, who completed his junior campaign in March as ECAC Hockey’s goalie of the year, planned to finish his undergraduate studies this summer.

If he completed his undergraduate degree at St. Lawrence in three years, Hayton would be eligible to transfer and play the 2017-18 season at another school. Usually, a student would be required to sit out the next season after a transfer, according to NCAA rules.

“I cannot confirm anything at this time,” Hayton wrote in a text message sent Wednesday.

A Denver native who was selected as a second-team All-American in the East Region last season, Hayton helped guide St. Lawrence to the ECAC Hockey semifinals in Lake Placid in both his freshman and sophomore campaigns.

The Saints came up one victory short of again advancing to Lake Placid this past season, but were edged by Quinnipiac in a conference best-of-three quarterfinal series, 2-1, in March at Appleton Arena.

Hayton holds the school career shutout record with 12, including five this past season, which equalled the school record he set back in his freshman season, when he was named ECAC Hockey rookie of the year.

He recorded four of these career gems against Quinnipiac, including three last season, as well as two each versus Clarkson, Princeton and Rensselaer, and one apiece against Yale and Ferris State.

Hayton also holds career school records for wins (54), appearances (104), saves (3,079) and entered his junior season with a career 1.99 goals-against average, also a program record.

He fared 16-12-7 in his junior campaign, appearing in 35 of St. Lawrence’s 37 games, along with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.

Hayton posted save percentages of .937 and .935 in his first two seasons with the Saints, as well as goals-against averages of 1.95 and 2.04.

Ironically, St. Lawrence will play two games this season at Wisconsin on Oct. 27-28 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

The opportunity appeared to open up even more for Hayton after goalie Matt Jurusik left the Wisconsin program after his sophomore year at the school, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Hayton didn’t play in the Saints’ last game against the Badgers, a 5-2 loss last Oct. 28 at Appleton Arena in Canton.

Then sophomore Arthur Brey started in that game for St. Lawrence, saving 33 of 37 shots faced.

Brey will be a junior this season for the Saints, who open their regular season at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6, hosting Michigan.

Brey and Daniel Mannella, then a freshman, were both on St. Lawrence’s roster last season.

St. Lawrence has yet to release its official roster for the upcoming campaign.

However, goalie Cam Gray is one of nine players who will comprise the team’s freshman class this season, the program announced earlier this month.

Wisconsin will open its season Oct. 1 against Michigan Tech in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game in Madison, Wis.

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