Muskegon Lumberjacks goaltender Eric Schierhorn has committed to play college hockey at the University of Minnesota following his USHL career.
“I chose the University of Minnesota because of the hockey program’s consistent success along with their history of moving players on to the next level,” shared Schierhorn. “The coaching staff is a group of genuinely good people that get the most out of their players while continuing to get strong results on the ice year in, year out.”
Schierhorn has posted a 14-7-3 record over 24 appearances this season for the Lumberjacks, the fourth-most wins by a USHL goaltender. His .923 SV% ranks tied for third among all League netminders and his 2.54 GAA ranks eighth. He put together a six-game winning streak earlier this season, posting a 1.48 GAA and .959 SV% over that span.
The 18-year-old has also recorded a pair of shutouts this season, a 32-save effort in the 2-0 win over the Green Bay Gamblers on October 24th and a 42-save performance in the 3-0 victory against the Waterloo Black Hawks on November 21st.
Schierhorn was also selected to play in the recent USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. He made 18 saves over a period and a half for Team East in the contest. In December, he was part of the U.S. Junior Select Team, made up of entirely USHL players, that won a gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge. He was named to the All-Tournament Team at the event.
The native of Anchorage, Alaska is playing his second season with the Lumberjacks after winning 20 games for the club in 2013-14. He first broke into the USHL during the 2012-13 season when he appeared in four games for Team USA. Prior to his time in the League, he played for the Russell Stover youth hockey organization.
Nine other current USHL players are also committed to the University of Minnesota; Tarek Baker (Bloomington Thunder), Logan Halladay (Bloomington Thunder), Brent Gates, Jr. (Green Bay Gamblers), Ryan Zuhlsdorf (Sioux City Musketeers), Ryan Lindgren (Team USA), Tom Novak (Waterloo Black Hawks), Rem Pitlick (Waterloo Black Hawks), Sam Rossini (Waterloo Black Hawks), and Tyler Sheehy (Waterloo Black Hawks).
The University of Minnesota is a member of the Big Ten and has 21 USHL alumni this season, the most of any school in the conference; Kyle Rau (Sioux Falls Stampede), Sam Warning (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Seth Ambroz (Omaha Lancers), Travis Boyd (Team USA), Ben Marshall (Omaha Lancers), Christian Isackson (Sioux Falls Stampede), Brady Skjei (Team USA), A.J. Michaelson (Waterloo Black Hawks), Adam Wilcox (Tri-City/Green Bay), Ryan Reilly (Sioux Falls Stampede), Justin Kloos (Waterloo Black Hawks), Taylor Cammarata (Waterloo Black Hawks), Hudson Fasching (Team USA), Connor Reilly (Sioux Falls Stampede), Michael Brodzinski (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Vinny Lettieri (Lincoln Stars), Jake Bischoff (Omaha Lancers), Ryan Collins (Team USA), Jack Glover (Team USA), Robin Hoglund (Sioux City Musketeers), and Steven Johnson (Omaha Lancers).
USHL stats – Eric Schierhorn
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2014-15. A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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