Aeros sign goalie Quesada

The Houston Aeros have signed goaltender Tony Quesada to a contract for the 2006-07 season, the team announced Monday.

Quesada, 23, comes off four standout seasons at the College of the Holy Cross, including a 22-6-2 (2.30 GAA) campaign in 2005-06. Quesada helped the Crusaders to arguably the biggest upset in NCAA tournament history last spring, making 35 saves in a 4-3 overtime win over the University of Minnesota.

The Crusaders became the first No. 4 seed to ever take out a top seed, and it was the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament victory.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of South Freeport, Maine, was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Conference Second Team and Atlantic Hockey All-Tournament Team. Quesada was the Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week five times, and he led the conference in goals-against average. He was also a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, given to the best American-born collegiate hockey player in New England.

Quesada holds five of the Crusaders’ six major career goaltending records: wins (61), save percentage (.915), goals-against average (2.50), games played (105) and minutes played (6,034). In four seasons at Holy Cross, Quesada went 61-33-8 with a 2.50 GAA.