UND bolsters its goaltending
- Blog Post by: Roman Augustoviz
- May 24, 2012 - 12:13 AM
UND had announced its freshman class -- and one transfer -- for the 2012-13 season, the Fighting Sioux's last in the WCHA.
The transfer is 6-3, 200-pound Clarke Saunders, who played goalie for Alabama-Huntsville. When UAB declared the school was dropping the sport, he used that window to find another school. The school later saved the sport.
Bottom line, Saunders was a good goalie on a bad team and now has a new team.
Last season he averaged an NCAA-leading 34 saves per game and had a .906 save percentage while the Chargers went 2-28-1. He is from Brockville, Ontario, and is a junior.
UND also signed a goalie, Zane Gothberg of the Fargo Force. Gothberg, of Thief River Falls, was co-goalie of the year this past season in the USHL.
He led the USHL with a .921 save percentage and seven shutouts and was second with a 2.22 goals-against average. His record was 26-14-4. He set Force records in all those categories and was the team MVP. He is 6-3, 200.
Those two are expected to compete for the starting job next season is Aaron Dell, who would be a senior next season, signs a pro contract. Dell was 18-10-2 last season with a 2.67 gaa and a .900 save percentage. He was not drafted by an NHL team, so he is a free agent.
The other freshmen the Fighting Sioux are bringing in:
Drake Caggiula, 5-10, 161, Pickering, Ontario. .... MVP of the Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs. Had 17 goals and 37 points for Stouffville which reached the Central Canada Junior A finals.
Ben Chyzyk, 5-11, 181, Virden, Manitoba. ... Had 28 goals and 49 points in 57 games with the Fargo Force last season.
Coltyn Sanderson, 6-1, 185, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. ... Had 32 goals and 81 poits in 57 games for the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
Jordan Schmaltz, 6-2, 175, Verona, Wis. ... Had 10 goals and 41 points in 55 games in the USHL, mostly with the Green Bay Gamblers. He tied for second in scoring among defensemen in the league. ... Earned all-rookie and first team all-star honors in USHL in 2010-11 playing for Sioux City when he had 11 goals and 44 points to lead league's defensemen in scoring. ... Father and two uncles lettered in football at UND.
* The early signing period for Division I hockey was No. 9-16 last fall, the regular signing period runs from April 11 to Aug. 1.
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