Storm’N Sabres goalie commits to Providence

Storm’N Sabres goalie commits to Providence


Storm’N Sabres goalie commits to Providence


Sartell-Sauk Rapids Storm’N Sabres goalie Clare Minnerath is headed to Providence for the 2016-17 season.

Sartell-Sauk Rapids Storm’N Sabres goalie Clare Minnerath is headed to Providence for the 2016-17 season.

SARTELL – Clare Minnerath really wanted to play college hockey and she really hoped that could happen out east.

Mission accomplished.

The Sartell/Sauk Rapids goaltender has given a verbal commitment to Division I Providence College to play for the Friars for the 2016-17 season.

“I figured college would be a good time go out and see a different part of the country,” Minnerath said. “I really liked it out there.”

Minnerath, who will be a senior this fall, participated in a camp called the College Development Showcase in Cromwell, Connecticut. It was on the trip that she made an unofficial visit to Providence and received the offer.

“I had just shot them an email and they were super interested,” Minnerath said.

She said she chose the Friars over Brown and several Division III eastern schools.

“Providence probably showed the most interest in her,” Sartell/Sauk Rapids head coach Marty Anderson said.

Minnerath had a 1.86 goals-against average with a .932 save percentage last season, helping the Storm’N Sabres to the Central Lakes Conference title with an 11-0-2 record. She was named the St. Cloud Times’ girls hockey Player of the Year for 2014-15.

“Her numbers were actually better her sophomore year,” Anderson said.

She finished with a 1.22 GAA, second-best in the state. Her .957 save percentage also was second-best in the state.

Minnerath heads to a Providence program that was 5-15-1 in the Women’s Hockey East Association last season and 6-25-4 overall. Bob Derany has coached the Friars for 16 seasons.

“The coaches were great,” she said.

Minnerath is the second straight Storm’N Sabres goalie to continue at a Division I college. Erin Deters, who graduated in 2013, plays for Bemidji State.

“We’ve had a lot of luck here at Sartell/Sauk Rapids with our goalie situation,” Minnerath said.

Sartell/Sauk Rapids also has Kendra Rasmussen playing Division I hockey at Penn State.

Minnerath just competed at a national under-18 camp at St. Cloud State. It was invitation-only.

“It went really well,” she said. “I learned a lot.

“It was fine to play at such a high level of hockey.”

She will sign an NCAA national letter of intent in the fall.

“It’s kind of a relief,” Minnerath said. “I can just focus on the season my senior year.”

She is thinking about a science major, possibly biology. Anderson calls her an excellent student, which is one reason why Brown, an Ivy League school, was interested.

With the College Development Showcase and the national U-18 camp out of the way, she has practiced with the Storm’N Sabres and will play with the Minnesota Blades, a Twin Cities-based summer team the rest of the summer.

“It should be fun,” she said.

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