WICHITA FALLS, TX – The Wichita Falls Warriors are pleased to announce the tendering of 2002 goaltender Matt O’Donnell.
The 6 foot 3, 165 pound, goaltender from Waterbury, CT has had his eye on the Warriors in their first season in the North American Hockey League.. “Talking with Head Coach Roth and seeing the team had a successful first season, I felt like it would be a great opportunity to join”, said O’Donnell. O’Donnell looks to join a Warriors team that created one of the top goaltending tandems in the league with Owen Bartoszkiewicz and Ryan Ullan. With this being Ullan’s last season in the NAHL, the door is open for another goaltender to help share the crease for next season, and O’Donnell hopes he can fill that spot. “I play a very calm, and relaxing game with a high compete level and a winning mindset.”
This season with the New Jersey Rockets of the National Collegiate Development Conference, O’Donnell has a record of 14-4-1 in 19 games played with a 2.06 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. In four games in the NCDC playoffs, he recorded a 3-1 record, including a shutout and a 2.25 goals against average. Safe to say, O’Donnell enjoyed his time between the pipes for the Rockets. “It was a great group, and also Coach Kersner’s guidance helped me develop as a player and a person.”
Knowing that this will be Ullan’s last season in the orange and black, the coaching staff had to start looking for another face between the iron. “O’Donnell is a goaltender our staff has had eyes on all season”, said Warriors Associate Head Coach, Keenan Kelly. “He’s a big goaltender that tracks pucks extremely well. He has a tremendous work ethic and has received high praise from many people in the industry that our coaching staff trusts.” With O’Donnell on his way to Wichita Falls with some junior level experience, the Warriors are planning on not skipping a beat with the compete level in net. “We are confident that with a year of junior experience and an impressive showing in the NCDC playoffs, he will give us a strong chance to compete night in and night out.”