Noreau, Pauly sign with Mavericks

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Missouri Mavericks announced that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Samuel Noreau and forward Shawn Pauly on contracts for the 2016-17 season.

The Mavericks are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders and the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Noreau, a fifth-round selection (136th overall) by the New York Rangers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, is set to join the Mavericks for his fourth professional season. He spent 57 games with the Norfolk Admirals last season and was second on the team with 140 penalty minutes, and also chipped in 16 points (5g-11a). Noreau began the 2015-16 season with the Evansville IceMen and amassed 24 penalty minutes in three games. His 164 total penalty minutes last season ranked 11th in the league.

For his career, Noreau has appeared in 188 ECHL games between Greenville, Norfolk and Evansville with 37 points (8g-29a), 368 penalty minutes and a +13 rating.

Prior to turning professional, Noreau played four seasons with Baie-Comeau of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and posted 63 points (18g-45a) and 314 penalty minutes over 225 games.

Pauly comes to the Mavericks for his rookie season after four years with the University of Connecticut. The 24-year-old set a career high with 21 points (7g-14a) as a freshman in 2012-13 and matched it as a sophomore (9g-12a) and senior (7g-14a). As a junior he led the Huskies with 20 points (5g-15a) over 36 games.

Pauly ranks ninth all-time in UConn history with 140 games played, 12th with 55 assists and 16th with 83 points. Prior to his collegiate career, the Bellingham, Wash. native piled up 123 points (50g-73a) over 155 games with the Wenatchee Wiled of the North American Hockey League.