Maine Hockey Journal

Highly sought goalie picks Maine

The University of Maine men’s ice hockey team is bringing in a championship goaltender for next season. Martin Ouellette of Kimball Union Academy backstopped the Wildcats to the Piatelli/Simmons Small School New England Championship in March.

Ouellette, 18, had a 21-6-2 record, a 1.61 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in his second season with Kimball Union.

He gave his commitment to the Black Bears last week after visiting the school two weeks ago.

“(Ouellette) knew (Maine) had interest for a month or so,” said Kimball Union head coach Ryan Miller.

Clarkson University was the only other school to invite him to play next season and Hockey East rival Vermont offered him a spot in the 2012 campaign.

Last week, NHL Central Scouting ranked him as the 13th best North American goaltending for the upcoming draft. Taking the major junior goalies out of the list, he’s third among college bound netminders. Zane Gothberg (committed to North Dakota) and Sam Brittain (committed to Denver) are the two goalies in front of him.

“He’s excited, but he understands it’s a long process to that level’” Miller said. “It’s a good start and it’s good to be recognized. He’s a pretty grounded kid and he’s a pretty humble kid.”

Ouellette is listed at 6’2 and 165 pounds and according to his coach he’s still growing.

“Two years ago, he was 150 pounds, he still developing physically.”

Miller said he uses his size to his advantage.

“He’s pretty good technically and solid fundamentally. He’s very good at challenging the puck and covering the angles well. He’s getting better athletically and it bodes well for his potential.

Ouellette isn’t afraid of the big moment in a game either.

“He nack of making a big save late in the game or to keep you in the game,” said Miller. “He has to work on his consistency, but he tends to make the timely save.”

The St.-Hippolyte, Quebec native was selected by the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the eighth round of the 2008 QMJHL Draft.

“He showed his commitment to come (Kimball Union Academy) and it paid off,” Miller stated.

Ouellette is considered a junior at Kimball Union, but repeated his sophomore year when he came to the school which is common for kids entering prep school. He has enough high school credits to get into Maine in the fall.

“(Maine) took a look initially from an admissions standpoint and things looked good,” said Miller. Since he’s a repeat, he has four years of high school classes. He’s been an outstanding kid on our campus, he has a 3.5 (GPA) and is well like be the faculty.”

Due to NCAA rules the University of Maine can’t comment on the commitment until Ouellette signs his letter of intention to the school.

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