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Goalie Jason Pawloski Commits to Minnesota State

The Mavericks lock up their goalie of the future.

Late '95 goalie Jason Pawloski announced tonight via Twitter that he has verbally committed to play college hockey at Minnesota State University.  Pawloski, a 6'0" 165 lbs. goalie originally from Omaha, Nebraska, played last season with the Austin Bruins of the NAHL, and will move on to play with the Indiana Ice in the USHL this upcoming season.

Pawloski was the youngest goalie in the NAHL last year, serving mostly in the back-up role for the Bruins, but still playing in 24 games and posting a .919 save percentage which was good enough for 11th best in the league. Being so young, Pawloski will be a first-year NHL draft eligible this upcoming season, and strong season with Indiana could put him on the radar. In Indiana, he'll likely be competing for playing time with massive Finnish goalie Samu Perhonen, a former 3rd round pick of the Edmonton Oilers.

No date was given on when Pawloski will join the Mavericks, but it will likely be dependent on the future of current starting goalie sophomore Stephon Williams, who had a standout freshman season, winning WCHA rookie of the year honors, and was drafted by the New York Islanders in this summer's NHL Draft.