Great Falls goaltender Ayers set to play college hockey this fall in Idaho

By Kevin Scott

GREAT FALLS, Mont., May 25, 2017 — The Great Falls Americans, a member of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), has announced that goaltender Kyler Ayers will continue his education and hockey career at the college level.

Ayers, a product of Boise, Idaho, will join the Boise State University Broncos in Boise, Idaho for the 2017-18 season. Boise State offers men’s hockey as a club sport as an Independent Division II member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).

In his lone season with the Americans, the 19-year-old was victorious in 15 of the 18 contests that he appeared in. Ayers finished with a record of 15-0-1-0 for coach Jeff Heimel’s squad that produced another winning season with 41 wins. The newest college recruit played 996 minutes while recording 378 saves and an overall save percentage of .995 for Great Fall as well as the second highest Goals Against Average (GAA) in the league with 1.33.

The 6’1” netminder played for Timberline High School in Idaho and was a member of the 2014 High School state championship team. The newest college signee participated in the Rocky Mountain Development Camp (2014) and was a contributor to the 2015 U18 Tier II national team that took third place.

“Playing at the junior level in the NA3HL has made me more competitive and I have a stronger desire to compete and work harder at the next level,” said Ayers when asked how playing at the Junior A division will help play collegiately.

Kyler was ecstatic when talking about the coaching staff for the Americans. “The coaches had complete confidence in us throughout the season as we strived for perfection and they knew how to get the best out of us each night.”

“I’m excited about getting a good education and keep playing the sport (hockey) I love,” said the Material Science and Engineering major about what he looks forward to in college.

The former Americans goaltender wanted to thank the Great Falls fans for coming out to support them during the season as he felt very welcomed here.

Click here to view Kyler Ayer’s statistics with the Americans.

Click here for a full listing of NA3HL college commitments.