O’Keefe back in Wranglers’ crease

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Las Vegas Wranglers announced Wednesday that goalie Mitch O’Keefe has agreed to terms with the team for the 2013-14 season.

O’Keefe, 29, first joined the Wranglers in 2011-12, going 10-9-2 with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. On the way to the 2012 Kelly Cup Finals, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound netminder started the playoffs with a 5-0 record, which included a 2-0 shutout of the Utah Grizzlies. Returning to Las Vegas last season, O’Keefe posted a 7-9-0 record with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage.

Originally from Almonte, Ontario, O’Keefe spent three years (2005-08) at Ferris State University, tallying a 31-39-15 career record. He was named the team’s Rookie of the Year after the 2005-06 season, and appeared in two American Hockey League games for the Iowa Stars after completing his collegiate career. Since then, O’Keefe has earned ECHL Goaltender of the Week honors with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals in 2008-09, and played in six games with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators that same season. He also won a Slovenian championship with HK Jesenice in 2010-11.