Granite City goalie Garcia makes NCAA commitment
May 18, 2015
The Granite City Lumberjacks of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that goaltender Jesse Garcia has committed to play NCAA hockey at Bethel University next season. Bethel is an NCAA Division III program and plays in the MIAC Conference.
Garcia, 19, played very well in his first and only season in the NA3HL. During the regular season, the native of Forest Lake, Minnesota appeared in 27 games, posting an 18-3-4 record with a 2.29 goals against average and a 90.9% save percentage. For his regular season efforts and success, Garcia was named the West Division Goalie of the Year and also named to the NA3HL All-West Division Team.
As the playoffs rolled around, Garcia (6’4/190) started to get better and better as the games went along. Despite losing to North Iowa in the West Division Finals, Granite City earned the at-large big to the Silver Cup where Garcia shined.
Garcia backstopped the Lumberjacks all the way to the Silver Cup Championship and made 19 saves in the Championship Game, a 3-2 win over North Iowa, which advanced Granite City to the USA Hockey Tier III junior National Championship.
Garcia also played for Team West at the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament in Ann Arbor, where he backstopped the team to an undefeated record.
“Jesse used his opportunity in the NA3HL, worked hard and developed his game to move on after just one season. We wish him the best of luck at Bethel. He was a big part of our success this past season and will be hard to replace,” said Granite City head coach Brad Willner.
Garcia will join Dallas Marvin (Bethel), David Kenney (UW - Superior) and Sam Zweiner (Northland College) as Granite City players who are advancing to college so far this season.