In Return From Injury, Max Becker Scores First Collegiate Goal

Becker puckPRINCETON, N.J. – After a standout career at Shattuck St. Mary’s, Max Becker hasn’t had an easy hockey path.

Becker spent a season in the BCHL, where injuries cut into his playing time. As a freshman at Princeton last year, the forward was limited to 10 games because of injuries. And, Becker missed playing time this year because of ailments.

“[I’m] trying to stay healthy. That helps,” Becker said. “Obviously last year I was hurt quite a bit so this year I think just trying to stay on the ice and play my game how I know I can play.”

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Becker began the season healthy, over six months after a bad hit in a January exhibition took him out of last year’s season. He played on Oct. 31 and then again at Cornell on Nov. 6, but didn’t play last week.

On Friday’s loss against St. Lawrence, a healthy Becker returned to the lineup. It was just his third game of the season, but he scored his first collegiate goal in the second period.

“Ryan Kuffner just gave me the puck from the slot and I just fired it on Kyle Hayton, who was my goalie at Shattuck and that’s kind of funny,” Becker said. I mean it was a great play by Spence [Kryzcka] and [Kuffner] I was just the beneficiary of some [work] by those guys.”

It was just the second point of Becker’s career, nearly a year after he recorded his first collegiate assist.

“He put himself in some great areas to score. It was a result of Spencer being strong on the puck on the forecheck and Kuffner right there to help him out and at least put us back into the game,” Princeton coach Ron Fogarty said.

“[He’s] stronger on the puck. He got banged up [in] one of the last games and now he’s healthy again so [he] just took advantage of an opportunity of a chance and cashed in.”

His mother and one of his sisters attended Friday’s game and saw Becker’s first goal, Princeton’s only tally of the night.

“[The puck will] probably just go back to my room … I don’t know it’ll eventually make [its way] back to California,” Becker said.

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