Aberdeen goaltender Sibell makes NCAA DI commitment
The Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that goaltender Jake Sibell has announced his commitment to play NCAA Division I hockey for Niagara University in Atlantic Hockey.
Sibell, 21, is in his second and final season playing in the NAHL with the Wings. The 6’2/206 lbs. native of Isanti, MN, is currently the top statistical goaltender in the NAHL. He was named the NAHL's Goaltender of the Month in December and has been named the Central Division's Star of the Week three times so far this season.
Sibell currently leads the NAHL with a 1.01 goals against average and a and a .960 save percentage. He also leads the league in wins with 19 and currently has a perfect 19-0-0 record, including a league-leading 8 shutouts in 20 games played this season.
Overall in his NAHL career, Sibell has a 32-5-2 overall record with the Wings through 59 games played. Sibell was selected to and played in the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Central Division team, which went undefeated at the event.
During the 2016-17 season, Sibell played in the NAPHL for the Omaha AAA 16U team and was named to the All-NAPHL 16U 1st Team that season. In 2019, he was a 1st round pick (8th overall) by the Wings in the NAHL Draft.
“I would like to thank my family for supporting me in my journey, as well as all of my friends, teammates and coaches who have believed in me and helped me get to where I am today. I would also like to thank the Aberdeen Wings for allowing me to play for such a great hockey organization. I'm looking forward to competing to keep the Robertson Cup in South Dakota this spring, as well as join my Niagara University family in the fall,” said Sibell.
“Jake is a player that has been very persistent in his approach to attain an NCAA Division 1 scholarship. Day in and day out he comes to work and battles to be the best player on the ice, no matter if it’s a practice or a game. Jake’s also a tremendous teammate that has earned the respect of the entire locker room and the trust of his teammates. He has put in the time and I can’t wait to see him compete at Niagara University,” said Wings Head Coach/GM Scott Langer.
The Niagara Purple Eagles play out of Dwyer Ice arena in Lewiston New York. They are members of Atlantic Hockey. Currently they are 2-8-3 overall and 1-7-3-1 conference play.