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Rochester goalie Wiese makes NCAA DI commitment

June 22, 2022

Zach Wiese backstopped the Rochester Grizzlies to the 2021-22 Fraser Cup National Championship.

The Rochester Grizzlies of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that goaltender Zach Wiese has committed to play NCAA Division I Hockey at the University of Minnesota in the B1G.

Wiese, 20, becomes the first Rochester Grizzlies player to commit to an NCAA Division 1 school.

Wiese, who was named the 2021-22 NA3HL Goaltender of the Year and named to the All-NA3HL 1st Team, fit right into the starting role for the Grizzlies during this past season and backstopped them to the Fraser Cup title. The 5’10/210 lbs. native of Owatonna, MN, put together a 20-2-2 record during the 2021-22 regular season. His 20 wins ranked 3rd in the NA3HL, while his goals against average of 1.70 ranked 4th.

During the Fraser Cup Playoffs, Wiese backstopped the Grizzlies to the title, which included a 29-save shutout in the title game.

"I am very honored and excited to announce my commitment to play hockey at the University of Minnesota," stated Wiese. “I would like to thank my family, coaches, and teammates."

In his two seasons with the Grizzlies, Wiese appeared in 51 career regular season and playoff games and sported a 40-7-3 record, .934 save percentage, and a 1.84 goals-against average.

"We are excited about Zach’s opportunity with the Gophers," said Head Coach and General Manager Chris Ratzloff. "He has worked so hard over the past two seasons with us and has received well-deserved recognition from his teammates and the league. Thank you to Coach Motzko and the Gophers for giving Zach an opportunity to fill the role they need him for, we know he will do a great job for them. We wish Zach much success in school and hockey and know that he will do great things at the U and in life after college."

Click here for an NA3HL college commitment list

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