Ice Defenseman Commits to Quinnipiac University
Saturday August 25, 2012
Indiana Ice defenseman Joe Fiala. (photo by Whiteshark Photography)
Indiana Ice defenseman Joe Fiala has committed to play college hockey at Quinnipiac University following his USHL career.
Fiala put up eight points (2g, 6a) and a plus-nine rating in 56 games for the Ice during the 2011-12 regular season. He scored all his points and posted a plus-nine over his final 25 games of the year. The defenseman’s first USHL career goal came in a 5-3 win vs. Muskegon on January 28th. Fiala added two points (1g, 1a) and earned a plus-four rating in six playoff contests.
The 19-year-old native of Verona, Wisconsin has played parts of three seasons in the USHL as he was a member of Team USA for two seasons (2009-11) in which he appeared in 40 games.
Three other USHL players from the 2011-12 season have also committed to Quinnipiac University – Alex Barron (Waterloo Black Hawks/Indiana Ice), Sam Anas (Youngstown Phantoms), and Soren Jonzzon (Youngstown Phantoms/Tri-City Storm).
Quinnipiac University is a member of the ECAC and has six USHL alumni on the Bobcats roster; Ben Arnt (Omaha Lancers), Loren Barron (Indiana Ice), Mike Dalhuisen (Lincoln Stars), Eric Hartzell (Sioux Falls Stampede), Cory Hibbeler (Lincoln Stars), and Jordan Samuels-Thomas (Waterloo Black Hawks).
USHL stats – Joe Fiala
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrated its 10th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2011-12. With 28 picks during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and over 280 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this season, the USHL has emerged as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.