Former Ogden Mustangs forward Ross Bartlett has committed to Elmira College just in time for the 2018-19 season, choosing to forgo his final season of junior hockey eligibility.

Bartlett is coming off a career season with the Mustangs where he finished with 44 goals and 68 assists. He was third in team scoring with 112 points. Many of his goals came in highlight-reel fashion.

This summer Bartlett was selected by the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights in the NAHL Draft, but still decided still to move on to college hockey.

“I’m really excited for the chance to play NCAA hockey this season at Elmira College,” Bartlett said. “I’d like to personally thank everyone who got me to this point. It was a hard decision to pass up on my last year of juniors, but this was such a great opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

Elmira College is an exclusive, private liberal arts college located in Elmira, New York. It’s enrollment is less than 2,000, but has some highly-successful athletic programs. Elmira plays in the United College Hockey Conference in NCAA DIII.

The Mustangs continue to lead the WSHL in NCAA placement. They’ve had the highest NCAA placement rate in the Western States Hockey League over the past six seasons.

Bartlett is the fifth Mustang from last season’s team to announce a commitment to an NCAA program, joining Tyson Liverance who’s heading to St. Mary’s, Tymen Edelkoort III who’s heading to Adrian College, and team co-captains Austin Dittenhafer, who’s heading to UMass Dartmouth, and Matus Spodniak, who’ll move to NCAA Division I American International College next season.

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