UMD men's hockey: Bulldogs' Fanti named second-team AHCA All-American
Ryan Fanti joins Hunter Shepard, Alex Stalock, Chad Erickson and Rick Kosti as Bulldogs goalies who were named All-Americans.
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth junior goaltender Ryan Fanti became the fourth Bulldogs goaltender to be named an All-American on Friday, landing on the American Hockey Coaches Association Division I Men’s Second Team West.
The native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, signed an NHL deal with the Edmonton Oilers this spring after his first full season as the Bulldogs starter. The NCHC Goaltender of the Year posted a .929 save percentage and 1.83 goals against average with seven shutouts in 37 starts.
Fanti entered the 2021-22 season with no shutouts in his college career, but finished it by posting a .961 save percentage and 1.14 GAA in the NCHC and NCAA tournaments, including three shutouts consecutive shutouts. He backstopped the Bulldogs to an NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship with back-to-back shutouts, and then picked up another in an NCAA regional semifinals.
Other Bulldogs goalies to be named an All-American during their career include Rick Kosti (1983-84, 1984-85), Chad Erickson (1989-90), Alex Stalock (2008-09) and Hunter Shepard (2019-20, 2018-19). Like Fanti, Kosti in 1983-84 and Shepard in 2019-20 were second-teamers.
After not playing a single minute for UMD in 2019-20 while backing up Shepard, Fanti split time with Zach Stejskal last season during the program’s run to the NCAA Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.
Fanti played two seasons in the North American Hockey League with the Cloquet-based Wilderness before joining the Bulldogs for the 2019-20 season that was cut short by the pandemic.
Fanti’s deal with the Oilers begins with the 2022-23 season. He’s currently on an amateur tryout agreement with the Oilers’ top minor league affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, who are in Loveland, Colorado, this weekend to take on the Colorado Eagles at the Budweiser Events Center — where’s Fanti’s career at UMD ended last month in an NCAA regional final against Denver. Former Bulldogs goalie Hunter Miska is the starting goaltender for the Eagles, who are the top American Hockey League affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche.
All-American First Team West— Brad Elliott Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) April 8, 2022
F - Nathan Smith, MSU
F - Bobby Brink, DU
F - Matty Beniers, Mich
D - Jake Sanderson, NoDak
D - Ronnie Attard, WMU
G - Dryden McKay, MSU
All-American Second Team West— Brad Elliott Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) April 8, 2022
F - Ben Meyers, Minn
F - Ethen Frank, WMU
F - Brian Halonen, MTU
D - Owen Power, Mich
D - Luke Hughes, Mich
G - Ryan Fanti, Minn Duluth