Former Owatonna goaltender joins Gophers men’s hockey team
Zach Wiese, a former Owatonna High School goaltender who has spent the past two seasons in the NA3HL Tier III, announced on Twitter on Monday that he has committed to play for the New York men’s hockey team. Gophers.
Wiese, 20, could fill the No. 3 goalie spot behind junior starter Justen Close and second-year backup Owen Bartoszkiewicz at the start of the 2022-23 season. Last season’s third string guard for the Gophers, Brennan Boynton, has entered the transfer portal.
Wiese was the 2021-22 NA3HL Goaltender of the Year for the Rochester Grizzlies, going 20-2-2 with a 1.70 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and four shutouts. He also played a game with the Austin Bruins of the NAHL this year. In 2020-21, Wiese went 13-3-1 with a 1.83 GAA, .920 save percentage and three shutouts for Rochester.
The 5-foot-10, 209-pound Wiese went 17-5 with a 1.72 GAA .913 save percentage and three shutouts in 2019-20 as an Owatonna senior.
Gophers well represented on camp roster
USA Hockey has announced the 60-man roster for its national junior evaluation camp, and the Gophers have seven current or incoming players invited.
The camp, which runs from July 24 to August. 3, will help select the USA roster for the World Junior Championship, Aug. 9-20 in Edmonton, Alta.
Gophers defenseman Brock Faber of Maple Grove and forward Matt Knies of Phoenix, who played for Team USA in both the pandemic-shortened World Juniors last winter and the Beijing Olympics , will return to the national junior team. Joining them are five new Gophers freshmen: forwards Logan Cooley of Pittsburgh, Connor Kurth of Elk River and Jimmy Snuggerud of Chaska; and defenseman Ryan Chesley of Mahtomedi and Luke Mittelstadt of Eden Prairie. Grant’s former Gopher Chaz Lucius also received an invite.
Minnesota Duluth has four guests: current Bulldogs forwards Blake Biondi of Hermantown and Dominic James of Plymouth, Mich., and defenseman Wyatt Kaiser of Ham Lake; as well as incoming freshman forward Isaac Howard of Hudson, Wis. Former Bulldogs defenseman Connor Kelley of Maple Grove, who transferred to Providence, also received an invitation.
St. Cloud State defenseman Jack Peart, a recruit from the Grand Rapids, Minnesota Wild, received an invite, as did Notre Dame forward Justin Janicke from Maple Grove, Wisconsin incoming forward Charlie Stramel from Rosemount and incoming North Dakota forward Jackson Blake, who played at Eden Prairie.