The Dubuque Fighting Saints announced that defenseman Brandon Carlson has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey beginning next season at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
Carlson produced 13 points (4g, 9a) and a plus-10 rating in 55 regular season games for the Saints this season while also racking up 103 penalty minutes. The Saints were 10-0-1 in games in which Carlson registered a point. The Ladera Ranch, California native recorded his first USHL career two-goal game on November 9th during a 5-1 win over Muskegon.
The 20-year-old first broke into the USHL during the 2009-10 season with the Des Moines Buccaneers before being traded to the Fargo Force. He helped the Force reach the Clark Cup Final and returned to the team for the 2010-11 season. Last year, Carlson played for the Lincoln Stars, recording 11 assists in 50 regular season games. Over 192 games in the USHL, he has scored 39 points (11g, 28a) and accumulated 342 penalty minutes.
Carlson is currently competing in the Clark Cup Final with the Dubuque Fighting Saints and helped them capture victories in the first two games of the series.
The University of Alabama-Huntsville competes independent of a conference in college hockey. A total of four USHL alumni were on the roster as the school this season; Justin Cseter (Sioux City/Green Bay/Ohio), Sebastian Geoffrion (Indiana/Lincoln), C.J. Groh (Waterloo Black Hawks), and Frank Misuraca (Lincoln Stars)
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)