Bulldog goalie inks professional contract

Pat Nagle signs deal with Tampa Bay Lightning

Bulldog goaltender Pat Nagle signed a two-year entry-level contract with Tampa Bay Lightning this week, becoming the third Bulldog to ink a professional level contract this month.

Tampa Bay vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday.

Following the 2010-11 season, Nagle was named as a finalist for the RBC Financial Group Player of the Year Award, given annually to the most valuable player in the CCHA. Additionally, Nagle was nominated as Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidate.

As a senior, Nagle finished fifth in the nation with a 2.02 goals against average and 10th in the nation with a .923 save percentage. He led the Bulldogs to an 18-14-5 record in 37 starts this season.

Nagle ranks in the top 10 in school history in saves, shutouts, goals against average and save percentage. Among goalies that started at least five games, he ranks second all time in save percentage and in goals against average.

Bulldog defenseman Scott Wietecha signed with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals and forward Mike Embach signed with the AHL’s Texas Stars earlier this month.

Check out the highlight video of Nagle’s season from the Ferris State Athletics website. http://ferrisstatebulldogs.com/sports/mice/video/Pat_Nagle_Tribute_3-23-11