Dec. 3, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After allowing just one goal in a series sweep at Michigan State, Ohio State men’s hockey senior goalie Brady Hjelle has been named the CCHA Goaltender of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday. A native of International Falls, Minn., Hjelle picks up the award for the second-consecutive week and third time this season.
Hjelle allowed just one goal in two wins at Michigan State (.50 gaa), stopping 53-of-54 shots for a .981 save percentage. He was the first star both nights in his first back-to-back starts of the year. Hjelle and the Buckeyes held the Spartans, who came into the weekend second in the CCHA on the power play, scoreless in six chances.
Friday, Hjelle had 31 saves in a 1-0 win, his third shutout of the year. He had 14 saves in the first, five in the second and then 12 in the third as Ohio State broke a scoreless tie with 2:13 left in regulation.
Saturday, Hjelle gave up a first-period goal but blanked the Spartans the rest of the way as Ohio State came from behind for a 3-1 win. He had 22 saves in the game – nine saves in both the first and second periods and stopped the four shots he faced in the third, including a breakaway while the teams were skating 4-on-4 midway through the period to maintain Ohio State’s 2-1 lead. He and the Buckeyes held MSU scoreless on five power play chances in the game, including three in the third, while holding the one-goal lead.
On the year, Hjelle has a 1.23 goals-against average and .957 save percentage, ranking second in the NCAA and first in the CCHA in both categories. He is tied for third nationally with three shutouts.
Hjelle leads the CCHA with a .59 goals-against average and .978 save percentage in conference play, allowing four goals in six starts and seven games played. He has been the first star in all six of his league starts.
Hjelle was first named CCHA Goaltender of the Week Oct. 29 after recording a shutout at Bowling Green and picked up the award Nov. 26 after posting a 1.14 gaa and .961 save percentage at Lake Superior State.
Hjelle and the Buckeyes take on Robert Morris this weekend in a non-conference home-and-home series. The Buckeyes (7-4-3, 6-2-2-1 CCHA) and Colonials (5-4-1, 4-3-1 Atlantic Hockey) will meet at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Value City Arena in Columbus and then face off at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in 84 Lumber Arena Pittsburgh, Pa.