Mallards Sign Goaltender Conway
MOLINE, Ill. (December 19, 2012) – The Quad City Mallards have signed goaltender Neil Conway and waived netminder Jimmy Spratt, the Mallards announced today.
Conway, a 24-year old rookie, started the season with the Rapid City Rush, for whom he went 1-2-2 in eight games with a 2.82 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.
“Neil is a talented young goaltender who has good size and good quickness,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski. “He played well for Rapid City earlier this season and they were very happy with him but he ran into a numbers game- they had a couple of veteran goalies including one coming back from an injury. He also had a very good game for them when he played against us.”
Conway has returned to the Quad Cities after making 33 saves against the Mallards in the Rush’s 3-2 shootout loss on November 18 at the i wireless Center.
Conway turned pro after spending three standout seasons at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Last year, the 6’ 1”, 183-pound, Concord, Ohio, native went 8-7-0 in 16 games while posting a 2.77 goals against average and a .894 save percentage. In his first season at St. Mary’s, Conway helped the Huskies to the 2010 University Cup- the Canadian national title- and was selected to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport All-Rookie Team. The following year, Conway was named to the All-Canadian Second Team and the Atlantic University Sport First-All Star Team after going 18-9-0 in 28 outings while recording a 2.21 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. Over the course of his university career, Conway went 36-20-0 in 60 games while turning in a 2.39 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.
Conway arrived at St. Mary’s after tending goal in the junior ranks for six seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Owen Sound Attack and Oshawa Generals, the United States Hockey League’s Green Bay Gamblers and the Stouffville Spirit of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League.
Spratt went 1-5-0 with a 3.79 goals against average and a .875 save percentage in seven games with the Mallards.