MATTI ALEKSI KALTIAINEN; born April 30, 1982 ... catches left ... a big goaltender with good quickness ... has solid puckhandling skills ... competed on the Finnish entry in the 2001 USA Hockey Summer Challenge ... signed with the Eagles in August 2001.
AS A JUNIOR (2003-04): Played in 38 games; was the starting goaltender in 37 games ... missed two games with a strained groin (both at Maine) and two games because of a violation of team rules (both in the Great Lakes Invitational) ... earned Hockey East All-Conference second-team honors ... finished the season with a 27-7-4 record; recorded a 1.76 goals against average (ranking second in the nation) and a .907 save percentage ... had a 17-2-3 record, a 1.60 goals against average and a .918 save percentage in league play; his 1.60 goals against average is the second-best average in league history ... registered four shutouts - made 14 saves in each of three shutouts (Merrimack, 1/9; Providence, 1/30 and Boston University, 3/12) and made 26 stops in one shutout (at UMass-Lowell, 2/21) ... earned Hockey East Goaltender of the Month honors for November; had a 6-0-2 record and 1.55 goals against average ... made 25 or more saves four times ... stopped a season-high 29 shots in a 3-2 win at Boston University (1/17) ... made 27 saves in a 2-2 tie against Minnesota-Duluth in the Ice Breaker Tournament at Michigan State (10/10); stopped five of six shots in the shootout to allow BC to advance to the title game ... made 26 stops in the Eagles' 5-2 win over Niagara in the NCAA Tournament's Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2002-03): Played in 30 games; was the starting goaltender in 29 games ... was the 2002-03 Hockey East ITech Goaltending champion, finishing the league schedule with a 2.20 goals against average ... captured All-Tournament honors at the NCAA Tournament's East Regional in Providence, R.I. ... twice earned Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors - Jan. 19 and March 30 ... finished the season with an 18-9-3 record; recorded a 2.21 goals against average and a .903 save percentage ... had an 11-4-1 league record ... registered one shutout; made 26 saves in a 1-0 NCAA Tournament victory over Ohio State (3/29) ... twice made 30 or more saves ... stopped a season-high 39 shots against Minnesota in the Dodge Holiday Classic (12/28) ... made 34 saves in the Eagles' season-ending double-overtime loss to Cornell (3/30) ... allowed just one goal in each of five victories ... made 26 saves in a 3-1 win at Boston University (1/16); followed that effort with a 20-save, winning effort against the Terriers (1/17) to capture league weekly honors ... made 23 stops in a 6-1 win at Providence (11/12).
AS A FRESHMAN (2001-02): Played in 18 games, including 12 Hockey East contests; was the starting goaltender in each game ... missed two games (Jan. 11-12) with a groin injury ... earned the Eberly Trophy, awarded annually to the Beanpot goaltender with the highest save percentage ... was a three-time Hockey East Rookie of the Week selection (Nov. 5 and March 4; Co-Rookie on Dec. 31) ... finished the season with an 8-10-0 record; recorded a 2.67 goals against average and a .901 save percentage ... had a 5-7-0 record in HOCKEY EAST contests ... registered one shutout; made 22 saves in a 4-0 Beanpot win over Harvard (2/11) ... allowed just one goal in each of five games -- all victories ... made 30 or more saves in each of three games ... stopped a season-high 50 shots, including 27 in the second period, in a 5-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth in the championship game of the Silverado Shootout; captured Shootout MVP and All-Tournament accolades ... earned his first collegiate victory in a 3-1 win at Wisconsin (11/3); made 33 saves against the Badgers to gain league Rookie of the Week honors ... made 30 stops in a 2-1 home loss to Boston University (1/18) ... registered 23 saves in a 3-1 home win over Boston University (11/17) ... also made 23 saves in a 3-1 home win over Northeastern (2/24).
BEFORE BC: Played three years (1998-2001) for the Espoo Blues of the Finnish Junior League ... registered a 2.60 goals against average and a .901 save percentage in 25 games in 2000-01 ... recorded a 2.51 goals against average and a .923 save percentage in 1999-2000; also played in four playoff games in 1999-2000.
PERSONAL: Enrolled as a human development major in the Lynch School of Education ... is the 2004-05 recipient of the Pike's Peak Hockey Club Scholarship ... was selected by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft ... Matti is the youngest of Riitta and Pekka Kaltiainen's three children; has one sister, Anna (27) and one brother, Antti (26).
KALTIAINEN'S CAREER STATISTICS
Year CL W-L-T GP/Min. GA/Avg. Saves/Pct. 2001-02 Fr. 8-10-0 18/1080:09 48/2.67 435/.901 2002-03 So. 18-9-3 30/1843:26 68/2.21 636/.903 2003-04 Jr. 27-7-4 38/2284:28 67/1.76 657/.907 Career 53-26-7 86/5208:03 183/2.11 1728/.904