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Sioux nab AJHL's goal leader

The best goal scorer in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association currently is at UND. And the best goal scorer in the Alberta Junior Hockey League will join him in a year or two. Edmonton native Matt Frattin gave a verbal commitment to play men'...

The best goal scorer in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association currently is at UND.

And the best goal scorer in the Alberta Junior Hockey League will join him in a year or two.

Edmonton native Matt Frattin gave a verbal commitment to play men's hockey at UND, his father said Tuesday. It was unclear whether Frattin would come to Grand Forks this fall or in 2008.

Whenever he does hit campus, he'll come with a reputation for scoring goals. His coach at Fort Saskatchewan has previously said that Frattin is the best pure goal scorer he's ever coached. And his numbers back it up.

The 19-year-old right winger has 49 goals and 33 assists in 58 games. He leads the AJHL in goals by eight and is third in overall scoring.

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Frattin was playing in his last regular-season game in Calgary on Tuesday night and was unavailable for comment.

He visited the UND campus during the Minnesota-Duluth series Feb. 16-17 and returned to Edmonton knowing that he would choose the Sioux over Michigan State, Ohio State and New Hampshire.

His father said that his son liked the small-town atmosphere, the coaching staff, the facilities and the popularity of the program among fans.

Frattin has led Fort Saskatchewan - the same program that produced former Sioux and current Carolina Hurricane defenseman Mike Commodore - to the best record in the AJHL North. The Traders are ranked second among all Canadian Junior A programs.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder is the seventh forward to commit to UND. The others are Evan Trupp (2007), Brad Malone (2007), Brett Hextall (2007), Brett Bruneteau (2007 or 2008), Mike Cichy (2008) and Danny Kristo (2009).

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