The Wenatchee Wild has announced that goaltender Mathieu Dugas has committed to Bemidji State University (College Hockey America) for next season.
Dugas is the 11th player who competed in January's NAHL Top Prospects Tournament to commit to a Division I program following the event.
“We’re really excited for Mathieu,” said Wild head coach Paul Baxter. “We believe he’ll be a top goalie at the D-I level with Bemidji.”
Dugas, a 20-year-old from L’Assomption, Quebec, holds a 16-12-3 record in 35 appearances to compliment a 3.14 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage.
Dugas, the fifth Wild player to commit to a Division I school and the second to decide on Bemidji State this week, as forward Duncan McKellar announced his intentions to play for the Minnesota program on Tuesday, spent last season with the Restigouche Tigers of the Maritime Junior League, where he registered a 3.20 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.
“Mathieu continues to be a key player for us heading into the playoffs,” Baxter added.
The 10 other NAHL players to commit to a school after the Top Prospects Tournament are: Fairbanks Ice Dogs defenseman Brandon Martell (Ohio State University) and goaltender Phil Cook (Minnesota State-Mankato); Motor City Machine forward Ryan Misiak (Mercyhurst College); Springfield Jr. Blues forward Trent Frey (Mercyhurst); St. Louis Bandits defenseman Tyler Elbrecht (Minnesota State-Mankato) and goaltender Keith Kinkaid (Union); RoadRunners goaltender Bryce Merriam (RPI) and forward Steve Shafer (Canisius College); and Wild forwards McKellar (Bemidji State) and Mitch Torrel (Air Force).