MUSKEGON, Michigan (February 12th) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks are thrilled to announce that affiliate Forward Ty Pelton-Byce has made his college commitment to play for the University of Massachusetts Minutemen out of the Hockey East Association following his junior career.
Pelton-Byce, the Madison, Wisconsin native, is currently in his junior year playing at James Madison Memorial (Wisconsin) High School and leads the team in scoring with 78 points (33 goals and 45 assists) in 23 games played this season with the Spartans. During his high school hockey career, Pelton-Byce has accumulated 162 points (72 goals and 90 assists) in 70 games played.
“My decision to choose the University of Massachusetts was due to their outstanding facilities, great academics, the up-tempo style of the play that they offer, and phenomenal coaching staff,” said Pelton-Byce. “I believe that coach (John) Micheletto can build an outstanding program in the best college hockey conference in the country.”
This past May during the 2013 USHL Futures Draft, Pelton-Byce was drafted by the Lumberjacks in the 8th-round (113th overall), and earlier this season, he made his USHL debut with Muskegon playing in two games back on September 27th and 28th against the USNTDP Under-17 Team and Indiana Ice, respectively, totaling his first career USHL point with an assist during the September 27th game in Ann Arbor.
The Lumberjacks’ prospect becomes the second affiliate player within the organization to commit to the Minutemen this season as Defenseman Jake McCarthy committed to the school back in early October.
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