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Northeastern goaltender Clay Witt returning for senior season

Clay Witt to return to school for final season of eligiblity.

Northeastern goaltender Clay Witt
Northeastern goaltender Clay Witt
Matt Dewkett

BOSTON -- Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan announced that his starting goaltender would be back for his final season of eligibility at the team's end-of-season banquet on Thursday night at Matthews Arena.

Clay Witt, coming off a terrific redshirt junior season, will take masters courses online and look to repeat a stellar first full season as the main man between the pipes for the Huskies.

Witt finished this season with a 2.37 goals against average and a .932 save percentage, but the Brandon, Fla. native had even more impressive numbers until hitting a rough patch towards the end of February.

According to an NHL scout, several teams had considerable interest in Witt to the point there were serious conversations, but the goaltender eventually decided to return to school to complete some unfinished business.

With the announcement Witt will return, Northeastern becomes a serious contender in Hockey East. The defense in front of Witt remains a question mark, but the top two to three lines up front are stellar and can help offset some of the weaknesses of the blue line.

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.