CC signs Highlands Ranch goalie as midseason replacement

Published: December 18, 2013, 2:53 pm, by Joe Paisley

shatzer mugColorado College will bring in Highlands Ranch native Derek Shatzer, 19, of the Rochester Jr. Americans to fill a roster spot vacated by freshman goalie Tyler Marble’s season-ending shoulder surgery.

“There is no other feeling like reaching your dream, and for me that meant playing for Colorado College,” said Shatzer, who will major in economics. “I have dreamed of playing there my whole life.”

The 5-foot-9, 152-pounder will report to the Tigers after the holiday break to spell senior Josh Thorimbert, who has started all 17 games, and junior Courtney Lockwood.

“We’re excited to add new blood to that position at this time of year and ease the workload for out goalies,” CC assistant Eric Rud said. “He’s a great kid and a great teammate. We’re excited to bringing in another Colorado kid.”

Shatzer is 6-0-1 with a 2.84 goals against average and a .911 saves percentage in the Junior A Tier III United States Premier Hockey League, which has 36 teams from Maine to Florida.

“Colorado College is getting a good goaltender, but more importantly they’re getting a great kid,” Rochester coach Craig Macdonald said. “Derek is a great teammate, and our players are disappointed to see him go, but they’re excited for him to have this opportunity.”

He is an alumnus of the Colorado Thunderbirds, a Denver-area club where Tiger freshmen Christian Heil, Gustav Olofsson and Jaccob Slavin played.

Marble expects to return next season. He is applying for a NCAA medical redshirt for this season, which ended with an injury in the first period of the second exhibition in October.