Michigan goalie Wischow makes NCAA DI commitment
January 27, 2015
The Michigan Warriors, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that goaltender Ryan Wischow has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for St. Lawrence University. St. Lawrence competes in the ECAC Conference.
Wischow, 18, is in his first NAHL season and has been very good in goal for the Warriors. The native of Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, joined the Warriors in late September and become the full-time starting netminder in late December.
Wischow (6’0/195) has put up some great numbers this season despite having a record of 7-8-3. His 93.1% save percentage ranks him tied for 4th among all NAHL goalies and his 2.34 goals against average puts him in the Top 15. Wischow also has three shutouts this season, which ranks him in the NAHL Top 10.
Wischow made his NAHL debut in late September, which turned out to be 4-1 win. He has allowed only more than four goals in a game just twice this season. He has been busy in goal, facing over 32 shots per game.
In the four years leading up to playing in the NAHL, Wischow played for Ashwaubenon High School in Wisconsin and during his senior year last season he also played in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League for Team Wisconsin.
“I thought it was a great opportunity to play in the Elite League last season and that included some games at the NAHL Showcase. However, heading into this season I wasn’t selects in the NAHL or USHL Drafts, so I felt I had something to prove. The NAHL has turned out to be a great place to develop. Moe (Mantha) is a great coach with some incredible experience at developing hockey players. He is fair and honest and gave me the opportunity to be successful,” said Wischow.
“I'm excited for Ryan that he has committed to St. Lawerence University. He came in at the beginning of the season with one thing in mind and that was to work on his game on the ice as well as off the ice. I am glad to see that he is being rewarded for his efforts,” said Mantha.
Wischow said that although he didn’t start at first, he knew that his opportunity to shine would come. “Trevor Gorsuch was here in Michigan at first and he is a very good, veteran goaltender. I think I learned a lot from him and had some very healthy competition. After he left I knew that was my chance and opportunity to shine. Since that point, I have tried to earn the opportunity to earn each start and play well, and my teammates have helped.”
Wischow said that the commitment to St. Lawrence was as much about academics as it was hockey. “I talked to a few schools late in the summer, but I had been talking to St. Lawrence for a couple of months. They have a big focus on academics, which is something that is a high priority for me. It was a great fit. They have a very established coaching staff and play in a great league,” said Wischow.