The Melfort Mustangs are proud to announce that graduating goaltender Jesse Wilkins has committed to the Bemidji State University Beavers for the 2013/2014 season.
“Bemidji is a top notch program and I am excited to get this opportunity” said Wilkins.
Wilkins arrived in Melfort prior to the 2011/2012 season from the Sioux Lookout Flyers of the SIJHL and never looked back.
In his rookie season with the Mustangs, the Alberta native was one of the busiest goalies in the SJHL facing 1371 shots in 36 appearances. Wilkins had a stellar .900 save percentage and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
The following year, Wilkins backstopped the Mustangs back into the playoffs with a .905 save percentage and a 3.46 goals against average.
During the 2013 SJHL playoffs, Wilkins was a brick wall. He lead all goaltenders in saves in the playoffs while helping the Mustangs to a series sweep of the Battlefords North Stars and made 54 stops in a game one victory over the Humboldt Broncos in the North Division Semi-Final.
He finished the playoffs with a .908 save percentage and a 3.82 GAA.
“I can’t enough thanks you’s to the people in Melfort. I am so happy they gave me the opportunity to come in and start and develop” said Wilkins. “I always wanted to play NCAA Division I and now I get that opportunity.”
Bemidji State competes in the NCAA Division I WCHA conference along with prestigious hockey schools, Colorado College, UMD and the University of North Dakota.
Wilkins is the 2nd Mustang to commit to a post-secondary school this off-season, joining Brandon Parrone who will play at St. Scholastica in 2013/2014.
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