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Finnish Goaltender Ville Runola Joins Clarkson Hockey Program

Clarkson head coach Casey Jones will have two freshman goaltenders vying for playing time this winter.

Former Clarkson Golden Knights defenseman Willie Mitchell with the Stanley Cup.
Former Clarkson Golden Knights defenseman Willie Mitchell with the Stanley Cup.
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Clarkson has picked up a late commitment from Finnish goaltending prospect Ville Runola. The 1993-born prospect played for Turun Palloseura (TPS) in the Finnish Elite League's Junior "A" Division last season.

Runola will be one of two freshmen goaltenders on head coach Casey Jones' roster this season. He joins Pittsburgh, Pa. native Steve Perry as rookie goalies for the Golden Knights. Perry played the last three seasons for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the NAHL.

Clarkson struggled between the pipes last season with a team save percentage of .893. Rising sophomore Greg Lewis played the majority of minutes with a .898 save percentage. New York Islanders draft pick Cody Rosen, a senior who graduated, struggled and only appeared in seven games. Lewis is definitely returning for his sophomore campaign, but it is unclear if Vancouver native Andrew Hunt, another rising sophomore, is coming back.

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Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.