Colorado College signs Highlands Ranch goalie Derek Shatzer

By Joe Paisley Published: December 18, 2013 | 10:05 pm 0

Colorado 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.

The paperwork for admission into the college is being processed so the Tiger coaches cannot comment on the signing, but the player can.

"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.

Shatzer is 6-0-1 with a 2.84 goals-against average and a .911 saves percentage in the Tier III U.S. Premier Hockey League, which has 36 Junior A 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.

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