Monday, March 26, 2012

Fogal during practice last Thursday at NYTEX

Brahmas waive Carroll, sign Brad Fogal

Rookie goaltender played in CHL, ECHL this season

The Brahmas have waived veteran goalie Ken Carroll and have signed rookie goaltender Brad Fogal to the roster. Fogal is expected to back up Mark Guggenberger throughout the playoffs.

Fogal, 25, played 10 games with the Quad City Mallards (6-2-0) and 11 games with the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) where he went 4-4-3 before he was acquired by the Kalamazoo Wings. He was waived after one game, a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Express. Fogal was called up to the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL) and signed a PTO in October, but did not play.

Before turning pro, Fogal played four seasons at Adrian College (MCHA) where he had an overall record of 93-11-2 with a 2.04 GAA, a .922 Save Percentage and 15 shutouts. He holds the NCAA Division III record for career victories, ranks eighth in career GAA and is tied for 10th in career Save Percentage.

Fogal was selected MCHA All-Conference the past four seasons. The Sharon, Ontario, native earned only one loss in 72 career conference games. He owns MCHA records for career wins (70), career minutes played (4,138) and season wins (19).

Fogal appeared in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” last April.

With Fogal between the pipes, Adrian won four straight Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association championships, four Harris Cup titles and qualified for the Division III tournament the past two seasons.

In 2010, Adrian advanced to its first Division III Frozen Four and finished as national runner-up in the program’s fourth season.

Fogal arrived in North Texas on last Wednesday night and practiced with the team on Thursday. He looked sharp and ready. I originally expected him to travel with the team to Tulsa last week but apparently he had some paperwork that needed to be taken care of and now that that's all been taken care of, he's ready to practice with the team for the opening round of the playoffs.

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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