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Bemidji State's Carlson signs pro deal

BEMIDJI – Former Bemidji State defenseman Matt Carlson signed a professional contract with the Quad City Mallards of the Central Hockey League.

“Matt is a young defenseman who provides size and strength and comes to us from a very good college program,” Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski said in a statement. “He can bring us a lot of energy and additional presence on the blue line.”

Matt Carlson

Carlson may make his professional debut as early as tonight when the Mallards host the Bloomington Blaze at iwireless Center for a 7:07 p.m. opening face off. Carlson will play out the remainder of the season with Quad City, which includes three regular-season games and the CHL playoffs.

A Grand Forks native, Carlson played in 79 games at Bemidji State, with 11 coming during his senior season. He accumulated two goals and four assists for six points. The six-foot, three-inch blueliner had his best season in the green and white as a sophomore, netting two goals to go with two assists in 32 games played.

The team, located in Moline, Ill., is currently sixth in the CHL’s Berry Division with an overall record of 31-26-6. They have already clinched a playoff berth.