APPLETON, Wis. – The Mason City Toros, proud members of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), are excited to announce that goaltender Owen Carlson has committed to continue his playing career at Lawrence University, an NCAA Division III institution and member of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA). He becomes the fourth Toros player from this past season to announce a college commitment.
Prior to beginning his junior career in early 2020, Carlson made a name for himself at the high school level in Minnesota, winning 31 games over a three-year varsity career for the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton High School program. He also made four North American Prospects Hockey League appearances for the Minnesota Wilderness 18-and-under team that season, winning three games. He would open his junior career on a high note on March 1, stopping 12 shots in a 40-minute relief appearance for the North Iowa Bulls and earning the victory in a game against the Peoria Mustangs.
The Esko, Minnesota native headed south to the St. Louis Jr. Blues for the 2020-21 season, landing an NA3HL Top Prospects nod behind 13 wins with a 2.68 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. He returned to the River City for 2021-22 and capped off his junior career with a 15-5 mark for the Mason City Toros, including three shutouts and a 2.23 goals-against average, and earning both wins for Team White at the NA3HL’s Top Prospects event. He also picked up both wins for the Toros in their West Division semifinal series against the Willmar WarHawks, making a season-best 50 saves in the series-clinching victory.
Carlson becomes the first Tier III player in Mason City history to commit to Lawrence University, and will join a team under new leadership as the season draws closer. Brett Wall takes over a program that finished 10-13-4 during the 2021-22 campaign, locking up its first appearance in the NCHA playoffs in four years. Number-one goaltender Alex Mosquera graduated from the Vikings’ program at the end of this past season, leaving a significant amount of playing time up for grabs for the team’s 2022-23 netminders.
The Mason City Toros congratulate Owen Carlson on his NCAA commitment to Lawrence University, and wish him further success in the next stage of his athletic and academic career.