HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech head hockey coach Mel Pearson today announced the signings of seven players during the fall signing period. Forwards Thomas Beretta (King City, Ont./St. Michaels, OJHL), Gavin Gould (North Vancouver, B.C./Merritt, BCHL), and Jagger Williamson (Lumby, B.C./Vernon, BCHL); and defensemen Keegan Ford (Waunakee, Wis./Dubuque, USHL), Jake Gingell (Gregory, Mich./Omaha, USHL), Tristan Rostagno (Pewaukee, Wis./Minnesota, NAHL), and Carver Watson (Appleton, Wis./Madison, USHL) have all signed National Letters of Intent to skate for the Huskies and coach Pearson.
Thomas Beretta | F | 6-1 | 200 | Shoots Right
Beretta has played parts of three seasons with the St. Michael's Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Currently serving as captain of the Buzzers, Beretta leads the team in goals (19) and points (36) in 34 outings this winter. The King City, Ontario, native posted team-highs in goals (28) and points (49) during 2014-15 while helping St. Michael's to an OJHL playoff berth. The big forward posted 29 points (14-15) in 34 contests during his rookie campaign in 2013-14.
Gavin Gould | F | 5-8 | 160 | Shoots Left
Gould, who is midway through his third season with Merritt in the British Columbia Hockey League, currently ranks second on the squad in goals (21), assists (26) and points (47). The North Vancouver, B.C., native notched 58 points on 24 goals and 34 assists during the 2014-15 season after collecting 29 points (13-16) in his first winter of BCHL competition in 2013-14. Gould – the younger brother of Tech forward Malcolm Gould – has helped the Centennials reach the BCHL playoffs in each of the last two seasons.
Jagger Williamson | F | 5-7 | 172 | Shoots Right
Williamson plays for the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League and is on pace to set career-highs in nearly all statistical categories this season. A 5-foot-7 winger, Williamson has posted four goals and 19 points in 35 games after gathering 28 points (8-20) during his first BCHL campaign in 2014-15. His efforts last season helped the Vipers to the BCHL playoffs.
Keegan Ford | D | 5-8 | 173 | Shoots Left
Ford has played parts of the last four seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. A native of Waunakee, Wis., Ford is serving as the captain of the Fighting Saints in 2015-16 and has posted 17 points (6-11) through 25 games on the blue line. Ford recently represented the U.S. at the World Junior A Challenge where he led Team USA to a third-place finish and was named to the tournament's all-star team. The 5-foot-8 defender notched 17 points last winter with Dubuque after returning to the team following a stint at the University of Wisconsin. Ford's efforts in eight playoff games during the 2012-13 campaign helped Dubuque win the Clark Cup as USHL playoff champions.
Jake Gingell | D | 6-1 | 200 | Shoots Left
Gingell is midway through his second full season with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound blue-liner has posted three points – all assists – in 28 outings with the Lancers and boasts 83 penalty minutes. Gingell collected six points (2-4) in his debut USHL season last year after skating in one contest with Omaha during the 2013-14 season. The Gregory, Mich., native is a product of the Victory Honda and Compuware midget programs in lower Michigan.
Tristan Rostagno | D | 6-3 | 200 | Shoots Left
Rostagno is in his third winter of junior hockey competition and currently skates for the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League. The 6-foot-3 blue-liner has seven points (3-4) in 18 games for the Wilderness after starting the season with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL. A native of Pawaukee, Wis., Rostagno notched 17 points (7-10) with the NAHL's Amarillo Bulls during 2014-15 after splitting time with two USHL clubs – Muskegon and Lincoln – in 2013-14.
Carver Watson | D | 5-11 | 165 | Shoots Left
Watson is in his second season patrolling the blue line for the United States Hockey League's Madison Capitols. A native of Appleton, Wis., he's appeared in 15 games for the Caps this winter after posting five points (1-4) in 58 outings during 2014-15. A two-time participant in USA Hockey's Player Development Camps, Watson is the brother of current Tech co-captain Cliff Watson and future Huskies defenseman Cooper Watson.
Five other players have previously signed to continue their hockey careers at Michigan Tech, inclduing forwards Chris Gerrie (Red Deer, Alberta/Penticton, BCHL) and Mitch Newsome (Surrey, British Columbia/Salmon Arm, BCHL); defensemen Mitch Reinke (Stillwater, Minn./Cedar Rapids, USHL) and Cooper Watson (Appleton, Wis./Madison, USHL); and goaltender Angus Redmond (Langley, British Columbia/Salmon Arm, BCHL).
Michigan Tech is in Arizona this weekend (Jan. 8 and 10) before returning the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena Jan. 15-16 to begin the second half of its WCHA schedule against league-leading Minnesota State. Tickets for that weekend, along with all Tech hockey home games, are available at the SDC Ticket Office, online at BuyHuskiesTickets.com and over the phone at 906-487-2073.