COLUMBUS, Ohio –Tommy Nappier, a junior on the No. 8/7 Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been named HCA National Goaltender of the Month for December, the Hockey Commissioners’ Association announced Thursday. The St. Louis native was 4-0-1 in the month, with two shutouts, a .97 goals against average and .970 save percentage.
Nappier started December with a 23-save shutout of Michigan State, which helped him earn Big Ten Third Star of the Week accolades. Dec. 6, he tallied his 1,000th career save in overtime of a victory over Minnesota. The following night he had 33 saves on 34 shots in a 1-1 overtime tie against the Gophers, once again earning Big Ten Third Star of the Week honors.
Nappier then allowed just two goals in a series sweep of Colgate, with a 3-2 Buckeye come-from-behind victory and a 25-save shutout. It was his seventh career shutout, tying for fourth in program history.
On the year, Nappier is in the Top 10 in the NCAA with a 1.86 goals-against average and .933 save percentage, posting an 11-5-2 record and starting all but one game for Ohio State. The reigning Big Ten Goalie of the Year, he has a career GAA of 1.80 (ranking seventh among active goalies) and is third among current goalies with a .936 career save percentage.
Nappier and the Buckeyes return to Big Ten play with two games at Wisconsin this weekend. Ohio State (13-5-2, 6-3-1-0 B1G) and the Badgers (7-10-1, 2-7-1-1 B1G) will meet at 9 p.m. ET Friday and 8 p.m. ET Saturday. ESPNU will televise game one, with game two on FS Wisconsin Plus and SportsTime Ohio.