Mullen to Return to Mentor

by Jared Tennant

Goaltender Jake Mullen has signed a standard player contract and will be returning to the Ice Breakers roster in 2020. The 25-year-old appeared in one game with the club last season, making 43 saves in a 6-5 victory over the Delaware Thunder on March 8 which turned out to be Mentor's final game of the 2019-20 season.

"Goaltending is a huge part of the game and I believe Jake is the right man for the job," said Ice Breakers Director of Hockey Operations Nick Russo.

 A two-year veteran, Mullen was originally acquired in a deal with the Carolina Thunderbirds that also saw the Ice Breakers attain the rights to forward Gleb Krivoshapkin. On the season, he logged a 4.67 goals-against average and .885 save percentage, including a 2.51/.910 slash line during his 16-game stint with Carolina.

"Jake is going to be the consistency we need between the pipes each night," said head coach Sebastian Ragno. "He will steal us games and he is going to be a backbone for our team moving forward. Bringing him in at the trade deadline was a huge move for us looking toward the 2020-21 season."

Prior to his Federal Prospects Hockey League debut last fall, Mullen opened his professional career with Boro/Vetlanda (Division 2) in Sweden, making 22 appearances while posting a 2.95 goals-against average and .897 save percentage. 

The Coeur D'Alene, Idaho product stood out on several occasions, including a pair of shutouts and a 79-save outing on December 28. Mullen will look to continue his success from last season when he reports to Mentor for training camp ahead of the franchise's upcoming third season of play.