Cottonmouths sign goaltender Travis Bosch

Seth Ronsberg and Brendan Turner also signed for Oct. 13 camp

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerSeptember 8, 2013 

The Columbus Cottonmouths will have a new goaltender between the pipes when the puck drops on their 10th SPHL season.

Rookie Travis Bosch is the first candidate to join Andrew Loewen in net this season.

Bosch, Seth Ronsberg, and Brendan Turner will report for the start of training camp on Oct. 13.

The Snakes now have 15 players on the camp roster. On the blue line will be defensemen Chris Bailer and Kyle Johnson and rookie Jason Gray. Forwards on the list are Will Aide, Jordan Braid, Jordan Draper, Levi Lind, Matt Gingera and Jason Yuel. Rookies vying for a place up front are Tory Allan and Jordan Zalba.

Bosch played junior hockey with Levi Lind in their native Saskatchewan. He had a brief collegiate career, starting out at Bemidji State and playing for parts of two seasons at St. Norbert College.

Last season, Bosch posted a 2-0 record in three games played at St. Norbert with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.

"I started out on scholarship at Bemidji State, but ended up not being able to play the first year," Bosch said.

"For my second year, if I transferred to a Division 1 school, I'd have had to sit out a year. I never did find a rhythm at St. Norbert."

Bosch, 25, who hails from Regina, SK, hometown of Snakes coach Jerome Bechard, is eager to attend his first professional training camp.

"The first year is always a learning thing," Bosch said. "You show up at training camp and you've got to be ready to go, no matter what level you're playing."

Bosch listed his strong points as a goaltender.

"I'm quick laterally, my positioning is sound and I'm pretty quick on the glove side," Bosch said.

Ronsberg, a 6-2, 218-pound center from Lake Elmo, MN, has tasted life in the SPHL, albeit very briefly. After starting out in camp with Ft. Wayne (ECHL), Ronsberg, 22, ended up with Pensacola and then played two regular season games with the Mississippi Surge.

When Ronsberg reports to camp, it won't be his first visit to Columbus.

"I was with Pensacola during camp and played against Columbus in the exhibition game," Ronsberg said.

After a nomadic season a year ago, Ronsberg looks forward to playing a full season with the Snakes. After stops in Ft. Wayne, Pensacola and Biloxi, Ronsberg ended up with Dayton of the Federal Hockey League.

"It was different," Ronsberg said. "The SPHL is more professional. There were only seven teams and some of them folded. I was working with an agent who talked to Jerome and the staff and they called me."

Ronsberg scored 25 points, 16 goals and 9 assists, in 28 games played with Dayton.

"My strengths would be my size, shot, hard work, vision and the fact that I'm a team guy. I like to move the puck," Ronsberg said.

Turner, 25, played three years of juniors followed by four seasons with Manhattanville College. In his collegiate career, Turner tallied 52 points, 23 goals and 29 assists, in 75 games played.

The Snakes open the season in Pensacola against the defending SPHL champion Ice Flyers on Friday, Oct. 25. The home opener is Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 against the Knoxville Ice Bears.

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