One of his shutouts was a 45-save effort against the Worcester Sharks on January 16th. Dalton and his fellow goaltender, Nolan Schaefer, have been a big part of the P-Bruins 9-4-1 run in their last 14 games.
“Now it seems like we have a completely different team from the first week I was here, the way we’re playing,” Dalton said. “The guys are definitely playing well, in front of Nolan [Schaefer] and me in goal, it makes a big difference.”
The 24 year-old attributes his performance in Providence to the confidence he gained while playing in Reading.
“I went down to Reading for the first little bit, got some game time in, and got some confidence,” Dalton said. “I got to play a bit and we did pretty well down there. Then I got called up to Providence and tried to play with the same kind of attitude, the same kind of mental approach to the game. It’s been working pretty well so far.”
Confidence is nothing new to Dalton, who helped Bemidji State become the lowest seed to ever make the NCAA Frozen Four in 2009. His 2.19 GAA and .921 SV% led the Beavers to the CHA title and NCAA Tournament wins over Notre Dame and Cornell.
“It was pretty special,” Dalton said. “It was something I’ll never forget. We had a great group of guys, a really close team, and everyone played for each other. We kind of got hot at the right time, and beat some pretty good teams. Worked out well.”
Dalton was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on April 22, 2009. Signing with the Black and Gold has helped Dalton to realize his lifelong dream of playing professional hockey.
“I always believed that I could. Until I was in college and I was having success in college, then it kind of became reality,” Dalton said.
Dalton participated in Bruins Development Camp in July 2010. While there, the Bruins coaching staff encouraged Dalton to work on little things.
“I talked with the goaltending coach, Bob [Essensa], about my hand positioning. Stuff like that, just little things,” he said.---Mike Brown