Dillon Kelley Hauls in Warrior Player of the Week in the Southern Professional Hockey League

Dillon Kelley '18 plays in the Southern Professional Hockey League for the Fayetteville (N.C.) Marksmen. (Photo courtesy of the SPHL)
Dillon Kelley '18 plays in the Southern Professional Hockey League for the Fayetteville (N.C.) Marksmen. (Photo courtesy of the SPHL)

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C.--Former Adrian College men's hockey goaltender Dillon Kelley on Wednesday was named the Warrior Player of the Week in the Southern Professional Hockey League as a member of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Marksmen.

Kelley went 3-0-0, posting a 1.64 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in leading the Marksmen to a trio of wins during Dec. 24-30. The Petoskey, Mich., native began his week on Wednesday by making 22 saves in a 5-3 win over Roanoke. Kelley followed that up by recording his first professional shutout as he blanked Macon 1-0, turning aside all 32 shots he faced. Kelley closed out the weekend with another strong performance as he stopped 32 of 34 Knoxville shots in Fayetteville's 3-2 overtime win over the Ice Bears on Saturday.

On the season, Kelley ranks second in the SPHL with 484 saves and is tied for third with eight victories. He tops the league with 1,080 minutes and 09 seconds between the pipes while recording a 3.17 GAA.

During his time with the Bulldogs, Kelley went 16-2 while posting a 1.71 GAA and a .924 save percentage as the program won the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Peters Cup title all four seasons in his collegiate career. Majoring in sports marketing, Kelley also pitched for the Adrian baseball team.

In other Fayetteville team news, the Marksmen have also acquired Kelley's college teammate Taylor McCloy '18 from Quad City via a trade. McCloy, who had career highs in points (38) and goals (24) en route to All-America honors as a senior in 2017-18, scored three goals and four assists in 19 games for the Storm before joining his new team. He will wear No. 20.

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(Editor's note: Portions of this story from the SPHL and graphic below by the league office.)