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Knights Goalie Jared Stahel Commits to IUP Crimson Hawks

Knights goalie Jared Stahel has committed to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Crimson Hawks have two hockey teams that compete at the DI and DIII levels in the ACHA. Stahel played the 2017-18 season for the Knights in the EHL. The Texas-born netminder is excited thrilled to join IUP this fall, as the Crimson Hawks division I team looks to build off of an 11-win season.

“I got a call from one of my friends, Trent Bubanic,” Stahel said. “He’s a former teammate of mine and played a very big role in turning me on to the school. He had just committed there. I went up and saw it and it was absolutely incredible. It has a beautiful campus with brand new housing, and a very social student body. Everybody was really nice. I’m entering their business school, the Eberly College of Business, which is ranked third in Pennsylvania.”

Stahel played 1431 minutes in 25 games for the Knights in the EHL this season, picking up 11 wins and three shutouts.

“I feel playing in the EHL really helped me deal with the speed of the game,” Stahel said. “It’s a lot faster than Texas hockey and the USPHL, where I had played before. I have been to DI and DIII clinics before and after playing in the EHL, and before I was just kind of there. After, I feel like I’ve gotten faster playing in the net, and playing the puck.”

Stahel looks forward to bringing his highly-energetic style to IUP.

“I play with a Texas-sized attitude,” he said. “I bring a little ‘Yee-haw!’ to the crease and I really enjoy it. Being a Knight helped me have more fun and helped me be less tense out there. Joe Ford, the head coach at IUP is a younger, newer coach, who’s open-minded. That’s really important to me.”

“Jared’s extremely passionate about hockey,” said Knights EHL head coach Josh Fusco. “He brings a lot of emotion to the game. It goes to show when you come here and put the work in, good things happen and Jared is a great example of that. I’m very happy for him.”

Stahel was quick to thank the Knights staff for their tutelage this past year.

“I just want to thank Coach Fusco and Coach Tom Kowal for bringing me in and giving me a chance to play.”

“It’s a product of the work we do here,” said Fusco of his goalie’s college commitment. “I’m excited to see Jared moving on to pursue his goals both academically and on the ice. I wish him the best of luck!”

Austin Weber Commits to Alabama

Photo: Jessica Kovalcin

Earlier this week, Knights EHL forward Austin Weber confirmed his commitment to the University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide play DI hockey in the ACHA. The Tide’s program came into existence in 2005, and have built their way into a powerful ACHA contender since ascending to the division one level in 2015.

“Well first off, they have a sweet locker room,” said Weber of his future home. “It’s huge, it has four TV’s. I also have a lot of friends that go there. It’s a really nice campus, I like that. I kinda feel at home being 45 minutes away from my actual home. I feel like they actually appreciate the students. I’m going to business school there. My uncle went there. He’s told me a lot about it, it just sounds really good to me.”

The ‘97 forward has wracked up travel miles throughout his junior career playing in Minnesota, Alabama, New Hampshire, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania over the past four years. Wanderlust turned out to be another major selling point for the Crimson Tide’s program to Weber.

“They play all over,” he said. “They play Utah this year. They went up to Syracuse last year to play outdoor games. Like in the NCAA, I didn’t want to play in just one conference, I wanted to go all over and play different teams all over the country.”

In his final season playing junior hockey, Weber has been a key piece for the Knights, notching four goals and 12 assists over 33 games. Coach Josh Fusco has had no reservations about plugging and playing Weber in a variety of situations.

“Austin has been a big part of our success,” said Fusco. “We’ve had him play multiple roles and on multiple lines for us this season. He’s a competitor; he mixes it up on every shift. He’s able to create on the attack and buckle down on the back check. He’s a fixture for us and it’s been a pleasure to have him here.”

Weber feels the EHL has helped prepare him for the jump to collegiate hockey.

“This is probably the best tier-III league I’ve played in. The overall speed, I think it’s almost up there with the NAHL. Everyone’s good in this league. I think it’s really developed me and gotten me along this path to where I am now. I think to Alabama I’ll bring my shiftiness, my quickness; I can get the puck up. I’ve got a little bit of hands here and there. I bring a speed factor to the game.”
With 15 games remaining in the regular season, Weber is fixated on helping his team making a playoff run. He’s appreciated the moments along the way, and is committed to finishing out his junior on a high note.
“My favorite memory so far is probably beating the Av’s in the showcase,” he said, noting the heated nature of the rivalry between the pair of teams. “I really just want to bare down here and finish with an 18-game win streak here, ride it out to the end.”
Through it all, Weber is happy to have had his journey, and thankful to those who have been a part of it.
“I want to thank Coach Kowal, Coach Whiteside, and Coach Fusco for always helping me, getting me whatever I needed when I needed it. My family, friends, and teammates along the way. It’s been a long journey and it’s finally coming to an end.”

Zach Gielarowski Commits to Robert Morris University Club Hockey

The Knights NA3AHL captain has committed to play for the RMU Colonials Club Hockey program next year. The Colonials are a member of division one ACHA hockey.

Gielarowski was a cornerstone for the Knights blue line this season, registering 25 goals-a league best-and 29 assists in 29 games played at the tier-III level. The McMurray, PA-native also played in four games at the organization’s tier-II level, recording one assist.

Gielarowski will start his college career next fall. The Knights organization is happy for Zach’s advancement and wishes him the best of luck moving forward.