Bantle and Petrick Announce Collegiate Commitments
Middleton, WI - On Wednesday, the Madison Capitols had two players commit to play collegiate hockey. Carson Bantle made his commitment to Michigan Tech University and Dan Petrick will be attending Sacred Heart University.
"I went up there on my tour a couple weeks ago and I loved it," says Bantle. "I love the facilities, the surroundings, and most importantly the coaches. The commitment allows me to focus more on playing."
Bantle, the native of Onalaska, Wisconsin, played the past two seasons for Shattuck St. Mary's, putting up 70 points in 108 games.
"I think the reason I've done well this year is because Coach Suter gave me a great opportunity to play big minutes, and I took advantage of that and progressed throughout the year." Brand says.
Bantle is a big body, standing at 6-foot-3, 192-pounds, and is versatile enough to play on any line.
"Carson is one of those players that is big and gritty, where he can go play in the corners, but then he hops out and surprises you with some skill as well," says head coach Garrett Suter. "To think that Bantle is only an '02 birth year is astounding. He's got a bright future ahead of him."
Weeks after announcing he had decommitted from Northeastern University, Petrick has committed to another college where he will be playing next season for the SHU Pioneers.
"Sacred Heart is close to home. I've been away for 3 years, and finally my family can come and watch me play," says Petrick. "Everything felt right at home, and it felt like a great fit for me where I can go have fun and play hockey for four years."
Petrick has gone back and forth between the USHL and NAHL, but found his home in Madison this season. Dan is a stay at home defender, but has some skill to skate by defenders with a missile of a shot to top it all off.
"Dan is a special kid," says Suter. "He's one of those guys that is just happy to be playing the game. He's an important asset to any defense, playing solid defensively, but also being able to jump into the play."
Bantle, Petrick, and the Capitols will be back at Bob Suter's Capitols Ice Arena tonight at 7:05 pm for a matchup with the Des Moines Buccaneers for our first ever Pink in the Rink.
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