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St. Cloud goalie Ingemann makes NCAA DI commitment

February 3, 2023

The St. Cloud Norsemen of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce goaltender Will Ingemann has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of St. Thomas.

Ingemann, 17, appeared in six games for the Norsemen at the beginning of the 2022-23 regular season. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Plymouth, MN, posted a record of 3-1-1 with a 2.24 goals against average, a .903 save percentage, and two shutouts. 

“I’m super excited to have made my decision!” said Ingemann. “I’m looking forward to St. Thomas and I know I have a lot more hard work to get done before getting there.”

His last game with the Norsemen was on November 4th because he has rejoined his Wayzata High School Trojans squad for his senior season.  Ingemann has appeared in all but one game for Wayzata and has a 12-4-2 record with a 1.41 gaa, .942 sv% and three shutouts. He is a big reason why the Trojans are currently ranked 3rd in the latest MN Boys Hockey Hub rankings among the Class 2A teams.

St. Cloud Assistant Coach Brock Kautz has been keeping a watchful eye on Ingemann’s progression throughout his high school season and has been impressed. 

“He’s been awesome this year with Wayzata and I think that’s a key reason why that team is having success.  His stats are good, he’s winning games and he’s shutting the door down,” compliments Kautz.  “It speaks highly of his ability to play and I think he’s very talented and he works his butt off on and off the ice.  I’m not surprised at all for him getting rewarded for what he’s done.”

Kautz may be the perfect person to speak on Ingemann’s situation, as it’s very similar to his own.  Kautz was a goalie himself and hails from Rochester, MN.  After finishing up a five-year NAHL career winning a Robertson Cup tilte for the Minnesota Wilderness he got to play his college hockey at an in-state program with the University of Minnesota. 

While Ingemann plays for Wayzata, he hails from Plymouth, MN which is a mere 20 minutes from the University of St. Thomas campus in St. Paul, MN.  “I’m sure that’s a big deal for him and his family; obviously it’s close and they’ll get to go to every home game and watch him play,” Kautz points out.  “It’s super exciting for him and it’s a great opportunity.  Obviously, they’ve got some things moving forward there at St. Thomas and they’re getting a lot of kids to commit.  We’re super happy and excited for his future.”

Ingemann was confident in his answer when asked why he chose St. Thomas.  “I really like the coaches, the culture they are developing and the plans for their program,” Ingemann admits.  “I’m excited to be a part of their future plans.”

The University of St. Thomas men’s hockey team is in their second season at the Division I level and are coached by Rico Blasi.  Blasi is thrilled to get a local product to come in to his program.  “We are excited that Will will be part of our Tommie family. He’s a very talented and very competitive athlete,” compliments Blasi.  Blasi played at Miami University from 1990 to 1994 then moved on to be an assistant coach at the University of Denver before becoming the head coach of his alma mater Miami from 1999 to 2019.  Most recently Blasi was a Director of Administration at Providence College and is in his second season with St. Thomas.

Ingemann will also join Norsemen teammate Chase Cheslock at St. Thomas.  Cheslock is also back with his high school team, competing for Rogers High School.

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