Down to one goalie after the abrupt defection of Kellen Briggs to Germany, the Reign acquired Alex Petizian from the Alaska Aces on Tuesday for future considerations.
Petizian, a 23-year-old rookie, is coming off a four-year career with St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. He went 45-29-10 for the Saints, setting school records with a 2.53 goals-against average and a career .913 save percentage. In 2008-09, he finished with the third-best single-season goals-against average (2.18) in school history and the sixth-best save percentage (.927).
Apparently, he also speaks three languages, understands a fourth, majored in economics and minored in math.
The Kirkland, Quebec native has three games of professional experience, all at the AHL level. Petizian lost in his pro debut late last season with the Rochester Americans, then didn’t play again until a pair of appearances this season with the Portland Pirates. He has never appeared in an ECHL game.
According to the Anchorage Daily News,
Moving Petizian was the right thing to do — he was stuck in the role of No. 3 goalie behind Gerald Coleman and Adam Courchaine.
“What was best for Alex Petizian is his development,” said Aces coach Brent Thompson.
Thompson praised Petizian’s professionalism, especially considering the rookie did not get in a game for the Aces.
“He never complained one time, was never a distraction and was all about the team,” Thompson said. “I’d take him back in a second.”
Petizian is also friends with Manchester Monarchs head coach Mark Morris, going back to the 2005-06 season at the Northwood School in Lake Placid.