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Alumni Update: Alex Iafallo

By Kelsey Helland, 01/16/15, 2:45PM CST

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Alex Iafallo was with the Force for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons. He played a total of 108 regular season games and 19 playoff games.  Iafallo ended the two seasons with 75 points (37g, 38a), with 43 of the points coming from the 2012-2013 season. During playoffs, he had a total of 20 points (8g, 12a) with 16 points coming from the 2013 playoffs. Iafallo maintained a plus-48 rating after the 127 total games he played in.

Iafallo is now in his sophomore season at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. He has played in 20 games this season and has tallied 14 points (4g, 10a).  In his freshman year, Iafallo played in 36 games during the season. He was fourth overall in total points for the Bulldogs with 22 points (11g, 11a). He is also a nominee for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award.

What have been some of the big differences between playing USHL and Division I hockey?

Some of the big differences between the USHL and College hockey has to do with speed and size.  The game is a lot faster in every way, whether it be skating or making quicker decisions.  Fast decision making allows you to make plays and get the scoring chances you need.  Size and strength have a huge advantage in the corners and the small areas on the ice.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received since playing for UMD?

The best advice I have received would be to work hard every single day, whether it be on-ice, off-ice and in the classroom in order to create success and be the best you can be.

How has it been playing on the same team as former Force teammates, including Dom Toninato, Willie Corrin, and Austin Farley?

Playing with former Force teammates has been very fun and I wouldn’t want it any other way.  It’s great to have teammates on your team that you’ve already created comradery with years before.  Not only are they teammates they are great friends and fun to be around.

Have you set any long-term goals for yourself since arriving at UMD?

Winning the league or the national championship is obviously a goal for me as it is for everyone else playing college hockey.  Growing up watching college hockey and realizing how close you are is a pretty exciting feeling.  Another goal would be to continue playing after my college career.  It has always been a dream to play professional hockey.

What were your feelings on scoring your first collegiate goal?

Scoring my first college goal last year was a big accomplishment of mine.  I scored on a wrist shot from the top of the circle against Colorado College.  

Looking back on your first season with the Bulldogs, what is something that you hope to improve on this season?

I hope to improve on my strength and size this year and being able to win every battle I can.  Gaining more muscle and weight will give me more of an advantage in the corners.

 

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