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Moving on to an NCAA school is a great reward for a goaltender who has shown a championship pedigree in his final two seasons of junior hockey.
He was acquired by the Express just prior to the 2013-14 season from the Brooks Bandits (AJHL) in exchange for goaltender Daniel Urbani, forward Garrett Forster and the defenceman Bryce Eviston.
During the regular season he posted a 20-21-1 record with a 3.69 GAA and .887 save percentage.
The Stillwater Minnesota native raised his game in the post season posting a 14-5 record with a 2.69 GAA and .922 save percentage with one shutout while backstopping the Express to their second Fred Page cup BCHL championship.
At the 2014 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Dauphin Manitoba Defiel posted a 2-3 record with a 3.21 GAA with a .913 save percentage.
Prior to coming to the Express Defiel played with the Minnesota Wilderness (SIJHL) during the 2012-13 season. He guided the Wilderness to an SIJHL championship and a berth in the RBC cup semi final.