by Michael Lehr

Utica Jr. Comets goaltender Logan Palmer has committed to play college hockey at the Western New England University. In 24 games this year, Palmer posted a 15-7-1-1 record, a .921 save percentage and 2.50 GAA with one shutout.

"College hockey has always been a dream of mine and to commit to playing college hockey is one of the greatest feelings in the world," Palmer said. "Western New England University and Coach Mike Young have been great to me. WNE is a perfect fit for me to further myself in the career I want to pursue."

Head Coach Shawn Lynch said he was excited from the day he knew Logan was coming to Utica. "I know how hard he works on and off the ice and what type of person and teammate he is. He was one of two age outs that were here from the start and he did a great job of being a leader and always doing the right things.
"Utica has taught me to be patient and truly enjoy the sport and people who surround me, Palmer continued. "I am looking forward to the next level of competition to further my development as a goalie and I hope to strengthen the WNE varsity hockey program. I wanted to thank Coach Lynch and all of my teammates for making my last year of juniors so memorable. I will miss all of them and wish them success in their next seasons."

Lynch knows this has been Palmer's goal since day one, "It's great to see him commit to play Division III College Hockey as that has been his goal from day one. The first thing he said to me in our first meeting was 'I want to play college hockey' and him earning his way this season speaks volumes to his work ethic and dedication to getting to the next level."