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Saint4Life Alumni Report - 3/9/21

By Jordan Kuhns, 03/09/21, 3:00PM CST

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Each report, we will take a look at the accomplishments of our alumni, who we refer to as Saints4Life, which was a term coined by former head coach Jim Montgomery during the organization's first season.

COLLEGE

Chayse Primeau (Nebraska-Omaha, DBQ 2017–18) earned NCHC Second Team honors, while Wyatt Kaiser (Minnesota-Duluth, DBQ 2019–20) earned NCHC Honorable Mention status. Primeau finished the season as the Mavericks' top scorer with 23 points, which was good for fifth-best in the conference. Kaiser posted nine assists, 30 blocked shots, and a plus-2 rating.

Riese Gaber (North Dakota, DBQ 2018–20), Wyatt Kaiser (Minnesota-Duluth, DBQ 2019–20) and Carter Savoie (Denver, DBQ affiliate) were all named to the NCHC All-Rookie team. Savoie was one of three unanimous decisions who earned all 45 total votes. The sensational goal scoring Gaber posted seven of his eight goals against NCHC competition, and two game-winning goals. Savoie notched 12 goals in 22 games, and led all conference rookies in power play strikes (6) and game-winning goals (3).

Ryder Donovan (Wisconsin, DBQ 2017–18) is the sole Fighting Saints alumnus on the Big Ten champion Badgers squad, who finished with a conference record of 17-6-1.

Taylor Schneider (Bowling Green State, DBQ 2017–18) and Dallas Gerads (Minnesota State, DBQ 2015–17) earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete recognition for earning at least a 3.50 GPA in the past two semesters. Schneider is majoring in Visual Communication Technology, and Gerads in Management.

Alex Steeves (Notre Dame, DBQ (2016–18) finished sixth in overall NCAA scoring with 31 points in 28 games for the Fighting Irish.

Niagara University, led by head coach Jason Lammers (DBQ 2015–17), and with defenseman Jordan Wishman (DBQ 2017–18) in action, defeated the Mercyhurst Lakers 3-2 in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey tournament on Monday. They will take on Robert Morris University in the quarterfinals on March 12.

PRO
Hunter Miska (Minnesota-Duluth, DBQ 2015–16) picked up the first win of his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche on February 26, 2021, against the team that signed him to his first pro deal, the Arizona Coyotes.

James Sanchez (Arizona State, DBQ 2018–19) signed his first professional contract one day after his collegiate career ended with the Sun Devils. The former alternate captain of the Fighting Saints signed with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, the top affiliate of the New York Rangers.

Austin Rueschhoff (Western Michigan, DBQ 2016–17) scored his first pro goal with the Hartford Wolf Pack on February 17. He signed an entry-level contract out of Western Michigan University last March.

Casey Johnson (North Dakota, DBQ 2015–16) earned his first call-up to the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL, and has suited up in four games thus far after playing 14 games for the Macon Mayhem of the SPHL.

Peter Quenneville (Brandon Wheat Kings, DBQ 2012–13) continues to chug along in his pro career, as his 27 points in 31 games for the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL are good for fourth in league scoring as of March 9.

Riley Barber (Miami University, DBQ 2010–11) is off to a flying start for the Grand Rapids Griffins, as his 12 points in eight games is tied for the second-most points in the AHL.