Solar Bears sign Miami goalie Jay Williams
Rookie netminder backstopped RedHawks to 2015 NCHC title
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears on Thursday agreed to terms with rookie goaltender Jay Williams for the 2016-17 season.
Williams, 23, completed a four-year collegiate career this past season with Miami University (Ohio), where he went 10-9-1 with a 2.58 goals-against average, .903 save percentage and two shutouts. In 87 career games for the RedHawks, the 6-foot-2, 187-pound netminder posted a record of 46-29-4 with a 2.37 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and nine shutouts. During the 2014-15 campaign, he helped backstop the program to a NCHC conference title. The McLean, Virginia native also appeared at Washington Capitals development camp earlier this summer.
“Jay Williams won a lot of games over his collegiate career in a very tough conference,” Solar Bears head coach Anthony Noreen said. “He also possesses the competitive and character makeup we look for in a goalie.”
Prior to competing for Miami, Williams spent two seasons in the USHL with the Waterloo Black Hawks and Sioux Falls Stampede, where he compiled a 20-23-8 record in 52 appearances, along with a 3.21 goals-against average, a .894 save percentage and five shutouts. Williams was named a selection to the 2012 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
“I am excited about the opportunity to play for the Solar Bears,” Williams said. “I am really looking forward to being a part of such a great organization and playing in front of some of the best fans in the league.”
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