Less than a week after it was officially announce goaltender Olli Kälkäjä will not return for his sophomore season and instead sign in Finland, the UMass Lowell River Hawks have their newest goaltender recruit.
Sean Cleary has decided on attending UMass Lowell and to join the River Hawks hockey program. UMass Lowell head coach will now have to decide between Cleary or Garrett Metcalf to join the 2015-16 roster.
The 19-year-old goaltender spent the 2014-15 season with the Victoria Grizzlies of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). In 19 games, Cleary posted a 7-7-1 record with a 3.32 goals-against average and .888 save percentage.
Although his statistics in the BCHL don’t jump off the screen at you, Over the Boards says the 6-foot-3, 185-pound netminder is a big goaltender with great athleticism, moves well around the crease. They also say he had a strong showing at Pre Draft playing against a very talented USPHL East Coast Kings team – very active in crease, nice reactions.
Prior to joining Victoria, Cleary skated for Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he put up multiple sub-2.00 GAA seasons.
Cleary is a native of Centerville, Massachusetts, so he will be coming back east for his collegiate career.