Fairbanks goalie Munson makes NCAA DI commitment
April 7, 2015
By Tim O'Donnell, News-Miner
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that goalie Patrick Munson has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at the University of Vermont in Hockey East.
Munson, the second year Ice Dogs goalie, said the following... “It’s an excellent hockey program and a great school,” Munson said by cellphone Monday night. “It’s a good opportunity to play quite a few games as a freshman. Vermont made the best offer,” Munson added, “an offer I couldn’t refuse.”
Brody Hoffman, who played in 22 games last season for the Catamounts, left school after his junior season to sign an entry-level deal with the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild at the end of March. The Catamounts do bring back Mike Santaguida, who played 25 games last season, in net. Santaguida is listed at 5-foot-9 while Munson is 6-foot-3, something that could help Munson see playing time as a freshman. The Catamounts also have another goaltender committed in Stefanos Lekkas, a former NAHL goalie for the Springfield Jr. Blues, who will continue to work on his development with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL next year.
“Patrick might be looked at as a contrasting style,” Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart said.
Munson, who hasn’t visited the campus in Burlington, Vermont yet, is planning on heading to Vermont during the summer to work with Justin Smith, the Catamounts strength and conditioning coach. Munson has not decided on a major but is leaning toward marketing or business.
In his first year as the No. 1 goalie for the Ice Dogs, Munson is 24-8-2 with a 2.43 goals against average and a .910 save percentage. The native of Hugo, Minnesota, spent last season as the backup to Kevin Aldridge as Fairbanks won the North American Hockey League Robertson Cup title.
Munson appeared in 17 games during the 2013-14 regular season. He went 13-4-0 with a 2.18 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.
The Catamounts went 22-15-4 this season as they advanced to the Hockey East Tournament semifinals, where they fell to UMass-Lowell.
“It’s just been a blast playing at the Big Dipper,” Munson said. “There’s nothing like it.”