Minot goalie Sandy makes NCAA DI commitment
The Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to announce that goaltender Zach Sandy has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the NCHC.
The 6’0/177 lbs. native of Fargo, ND, becomes the 75th NCAA DI commit in the history of the program and the third to head to UMD following Jake Rosenbaum and Kyler Kleven.
Off to a strong start in his rookie season, Sandy, 19, is tied at the top among all NAHL goaltenders with a .932 save percentage on the year and is seventh in goals against average at 2.35.
Through 19 games his .932 SV% ranks second all-time in Tauro history behind Gunner Rivers who posted a .944 SV% in 14 games after being acquired via trade late in the 2015-16 season.
“I love that the Minnesota-Duluth program has an unbelievable coaching staff and a tremendous reputation of winning and earning what you get through hard work. I like that the school offers my major [business] and that it’s a perfect size for me to be able to be the best student and hockey player I can be,” said Sandy.
Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Cody Campbell believes Sandy will fit right in with UMD’s track record of success. “His commitment to UMD has been well earned through his play this season. Duluth is getting an extremely competitive and athletic goalie that I believe will continue build their culture as they compete for national championships year in and year out. We are thrilled for Zach and his family; and look forward to continuing to help Zach progress prior to arriving at UMD,” said Campbell.
Sandy believes that Campbell and the rest of the Tauros staff were integral in his taking the next step of his career. “Being a Tauro has helped me accomplish by D1 goal by teaching me of the work ethic and culture that is needed to be a great player. Also all my teammates have put their bodies on the line for me and I hope to help them achieve their goals in the future.”
The UMD bound goaltender did not stop at teammates when giving thanks, “I would like to thank God first with everything the lord has blessed me with in life, I would also like to thank my family for the loving support they’ve given me, and all of my coaches, especially Cody, for believing in me and putting me in a position to succeed.”