Rookie McGrane Riding Hot Streak For IceGators

Michael Krieg
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana coach Dave Farrish says Ed McGrane can score from just about anywhere.

Lately, the rookie forward has been doing that more often than not.McGrane, 25, has six goals in his last seven games and 10 points (6g, 4a) during that span. During the streak, McGrane has scored a game-winner in overtime against San Diego, a game-winner against Texas and a short-hander against Columbus which gave Louisiana a late lead.

“He has an uncanny ability to score goals from unusual angles,” Farrish said. “He’s definitely a goal scorer, a natural goal scorer. He’s utilized that to his advantage and has helped the hockey team.”

McGrane has bounced around during his rookie season. He began the season in Corpus Christi (CHL) and recorded 21 points (14g, 7a) in 19 games before being recalled by Houston (AHL).

McGrane had one assist in two games with the Aeros before being reassigned to Louisiana. It took McGrane some time to adjust to the ECHL’s style of play.”He came over here and wasn’t producing probably like he thought he could initially, but I think this league was a little better than the Central League where he came from,” Farrish said. “Once he got up to speed and since that line (Alex Materukhin, Bobby Brown) has been together they’ve been really, really potent. They just sort of all compliment each other and he’s been the guy that’s been in the right place at the right time.”

McGrane has settled in well with his linemates. He has 37 points (15g, 22a) in just 31 games.

“I think a lot of it is confidence,” McGrane said. “You get the first few under your belt and then you have the confidence. I have the confidence to shoot a little more and things are just bouncing my way right now.”