Billy Faust will not be returning to the University of Vermont hockey program for the 2013-14 season. The goaltender from Alta Loma, Calif. played three seasons of junior hockey in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) with the Penticton Vees and the Nanaimo Clippers.
The writing seemed to be on the wall for this move when UVM head coach Kevin Sneddon brought in two new goaltenders. In addition, even when fellow-freshman Brody Hoffman struggled this past season, Sneddon never seemed to have the confidence to put in Faust.
The two freshmen goaltenders that were recruited by Sneddon and his staff are Patrick Feeley (Winthrop, Mass.) and Michael Santaguida (Mississauga, Ont.). Feeley played for three different teams in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) this past season while Santaguida had a starring role for the British Columbia Hockey League champion Surrey Eagles. He won the BCHL Goaltending Award.
It is unclear what Faust's next move will be, but the 22 year-old is too old to play juniors, so his only real option is transferring. Two other Catamounts transferred earlier this summer. Defenseman Blake Doerring left Burlington to play for Ohio State while forward Mike Montagna transferred to Division III power Oswego State. Montagna will be eligible to play right away at Oswego because he is transferring down in divisions. Forward Ryan Rosenthal, a Kent School alum and Montvale, NJ alum, appears to no longer be with the team, as well.
Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.