INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel announced on Wednesday that forward Joe Sullivan and goaltender Charles Williams will be joining the roster for the upcoming season. Both Sullivan and Williams played under Fuel head coach Doug Christiansen in Manchester last year.
The 25-year-old Sullivan played in 55 games last year with the Monarchs, tallying 20 points (6G, 14A) in his first professional season.
Before turning pro, the Las Vegas native played four seasons of collegiate hockey at St. Lawrence University. Sullivan played in 144 games, scoring 36 goals, 72 points, and a +18 rating.
Sullivan is no stranger to Indianapolis, as he played on the 2013-14 Indiana Ice team that won a USHL Clark Cup. Additionally, he was teammates with recently signed Fuel defenseman Tim Shoup on both the Clark Cup-winning Ice team and the Monarchs last season.
At the age of 27, Williams becomes the oldest player and the only goaltender signed to a contract by the Fuel for the upcoming season. The 2018-19 season was Williams’ third season in the professional ranks, all of which were played in Manchester.
The Michigan native had a 26-14-1-2 regular-season record and was a relieving goaltender in two games, totaling 45 appearances last season. In that span, Williams calculated a 2.71 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. He also played in 11 playoff games with the Monarchs last year, leading Manchester to a second-round appearance. He finished the postseason with a 2.67 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.
The 5-foot-10 goaltender earned himself a pair of call-ups to the AHL last year. His first stint last season came with the Ontario Reign, where he appeared in four games, earning a 3-1 record with an outstanding 1.83 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. Williams was also called up to the Binghamton Devils but did not play during his time there.
In the 2017-18 season, Williams appeared in 42 games with the Monarchs and achieved a 22-12-3-2 record, alongside a 2.68 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. He also appeared in nine playoff games that year with a 2.53 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.
While Williams has had many professional achievements, his most impressive accomplishments came in his collegiate career.
Williams was in college hockey for five years, playing with Ferris State University and Canisius College. In 2014-15 and 2015-16, Williams was named to the NCAA All-Academic Team. He also won an NCAA Championship in 2015-16 with Ferris State.
In Williams’ redshirt senior year, he transferred from Ferris State to Canisius where he had his breakout year. He started in 34 games for Canisius, where he posted a 21-7-5 record with a 1.82 goals against average and a .943 save percentage. In that season, Williams led the nation in save percentage and shutouts (6), was ranked second nationally in goals against average and fifth in saves (1016), set Canisius single-season records for save percentage, goals against average, wins, shutouts, and set a school record for the longest shutout streak in school history (209:33).
Among these great performances, Williams was also named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team, was a two-time Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Month, six-time Atlantic Hockey Goaltender of the Week, won the AHC Goaltending Trophy, was named to the All-AHC First Team, was named a CCM/NHCA First-Team All American in the East region, and was a finalist for the Mike Richter Award (nation’s most outstanding goaltender) and Hobey Baker award.
Sullivan and Williams become the fourth and fifth players to sign contracts with the Fuel for the 2019-20 season, joining forward Brendan Warren and defensemen Shoup and Samuel Thibault.
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