East Grand Forks defenseman Gage Ausmus has committed to UND.
Ausmus, who currently plays for the U.S. Under-18 team, previously committed to Denver, but re-opened his recruiting after it fired coach George Gwozdecky.
Ausmus is more of a stay-at-home, shutdown defenseman with good skating ability. He was on the team’s top defensive pairing at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship last month in Russia.
The stay-at-home type of presence is likely attractive to UND, which lost Andrew MacWilliam (graduation) and Derek Forbort (Los Angeles Kings) after the season.
It also further bolsters UND’s local connections, as UND has lined up Ausmus and Tucker Poolman from East Grand Forks, Luke Johnson and Paul LaDue from Grand Forks and Keaton Thompson from Devils Lake.
More to come.