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Save (by) Ferris: NCAA goalie C.J. Motte signs AHL deal with Islanders' top affiliate

He's a righteous dude.

Motte was on Ferris State's 2012 Frozen Four finals team, where it lost to Boston College.
Motte was on Ferris State's 2012 Frozen Four finals team, where it lost to Boston College.
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The Islanders have inked a highly-touted NCAA goalie to an AHL deal. No, he's not the one you were probably thinking of, but C.J. Motte's resume is pretty impressive, too.

Motte won 66 games in his four-year career at Ferris State and is the Bulldogs' all time leader in victories and shutouts (15). He is also the first goaltender in school history to be named team captain.

He went 28-9-3 in 2013-14 and finished in the top 10 of Hobey Baker finalists. This past season, Motte posted  a .922 save percentage and played 2,435 minutes, the most among all NCAA goalies. Ferris State's season ended a few days ago after a 4-0 loss to Minnesota State in the WCHA semifinals.

"He's meant a great deal," FSU head coach Bob Daniels said of Motte. "He's going to leave a direction for our younger players to follow in terms of work ethic in the weight room, the way he approaches his job, and the way he approaches school.

"It's obvious when you have a goaltender as a captain, he must be something special and he is."

Motte will report directly to Bridgeport, where he will play the rest of the season. To make room, the Sound Tigers assigned goalie Kent Simpson to Stockton of the ECHL. Details of the deal haven't been released yet.

None of Bridgeport's three goalies - Simpson, the diabolical but now-departed David Leggio and starter Kevin Poulin - really established themselves as a viable NHL prospect this season, with Poulin's 16-17-1 record and .915 save percentage leading the way. The Sound Tigers (24-33-6-1) are in last place in the AHL's Northeastern Division.

With Jaroslav Halak the undisputed starter on Long Island and NHL veterans like Chad Johnson and now Michal Neuvirth backing him up this season, the Islanders are still looking for a reliable goalie for their top affiliate and maybe more for the near future. Motte should have a chance to play out the string with Bridgeport and get the parent team's attention.