Shreveport goaltender Sergeev makes NCAA DI commitment
The Shreveport Mudbugs of the NAHL are pleased to announce that goaltender Arsenii Sergeev has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Connecticut in Hockey East.
Sergeev, 18, just completed his second season of playing junior hockey in the NAHL and first with the Mudbugs. The 6’3/192 lbs. native of Yaroslavl, Russia, posted a 14-4-2 record in 20 appearances during the 2020-21 season to go along with a 2.17 goals against average and .936 save percentage. Sergeev’s goals against average ranked 3rd in the NAHL this season and his save percentage ranked 2nd.
“Arsenii came to us shortly after the season started and earned his trust with Coaches and teammates through his play at first. He was very consistent in his play, competes in practice, listens and learns through video and is very coachable. His size and athleticism make for a dangerous combination in net. As good as he is the best thing was he was just one of the boys. We wish Arseni and UConn all the best,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.
Sergeev is eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft, where he’s ranked as the No. 8 North American goaltender in the NHL Central Scouting Rankings. He was named the NAHL’s South Division Star of the Week twice during the 2020-21 season.
Sergeev played in the NAHL during the 2019-20 season for the New Jersey Titans, where he posted a 10-4-0 record in 15 appearances with a 3.56 goals against average and a .892 save percentage.
After NAHL grad Tomas Vomacka played every possible second in goal when he was healthy over the last two seasons, UConn wants more competition between the pipes going forward. This year, Union transfer and NAHL grad Darion Hanson is expected to start but will have to earn his spot over Logan Terness and Sergeev, who will battle it out for playing time.