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Dubuque Goaltender Frey Headed to Ohio State University

Wednesday December 4, 2013

Dubuque Fighting Saints goaltender Christian Frey has accepted a scholarship offer from Ohio State University and will be leaving to enroll at the school later this month. (photo by Dubuque Fighting Saints)

Netminder earns unique opportunity to enter NCAA mid-season

The Dubuque Fighting Saints announced that goaltender Christian Frey has accepted a scholarship offer from Ohio State University and will be leaving to enroll at the school later this month.

Frey has been one of the USHL’s top netminders this season as he has posted a 9-3-1 record while ranking second in the League with a 2.08 goals-against-average.  Both his nine victories and .918 save percentage rank sixth among USHL goaltenders.  The 20-year-old opened the season recording shutouts in each of his first two starts and went on to win each of his first seven games.

“Ohio State has a need at goaltender, so they went and identified the top older goalie in juniors, and fortunately for Christian it was him," said Fighting Saints Head Coach and General Manger Matt Shaw. "Unfortunately for us, we are losing a big part of our team." 

Prior to the season, he helped lead the Saints to a bronze medal at the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia.

Frey first broke into the USHL during the 2011-12 season with the Des Moines Buccaneers.  He began last season with the Tri-City Storm before being acquired by Dubuque in January.  He would win five of his first six starts in a Saints uniform.  For his USHL career, the Arlington, Texas native has appeared in 50 games, posting a 22-16-4 record with a 2.78 GAA and .903 SV%.

“This is a situation where last year Christian was released by Tri-City, and then came to Dubuque, and in less than a year, he's got himself a scholarship to college, which has been his goal for a long time," said Shaw.  "We wish him all the best at Ohio State." 

Frey will remain on the Saints roster for their next four games.  He makes the rare move to the NCAA level midway through the season after Ohio State University became shorthanded at the goaltending position.  Five other players who have competed in the USHL this season are committed to play hockey at Ohio State, including Matt Weis (Green Bay Gamblers), Janik Moser (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Sam McCormick (Sioux City Musketeers), John Wiitala (Waterloo Black Hawks), and Luke Stork (Youngstown Phantoms).

Ohio State University is part of the newly-formed Big Ten Conference and has 14 USHL alumni on the roster this season; Darik Angeli (Tri-City/Chicago/Sioux City), Drew Brevig (Sioux Falls Stampede), Clark Cristofoli (Sioux Falls Stampede), Blake Doerring (Des Moines/Fargo), Ryan Dzingel (Lincoln Stars), Anthony Greco (Des Moines/Waterloo), David Gust (Fargo Force), Matt Johnson (Tri-City/Waterloo), Alex Lippincott (Fargo Force), Tyler Lundey (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Max McCormick (Sioux City Musketeers), Al McLean (Omaha Lancers), Nick Oddo (Omaha/Cedar Rapids), Nick Schilkey (Green Bay Gamblers).

USHL stats – Christian Frey


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive).  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).

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