Nov. 26, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - For the second time this season, Brady Hjelle, a senior on the Ohio State men's hockey team, has been named the CCHA Goaltender of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday. A native of International Falls, Minn., Hjelle had a league-best 1.14 goals-against average and .961 save percentage over the weekend in the Buckeyes' series split at Lake Superior State.
Hjelle started the game Friday vs. the Lakers and allowed just one goal on 32 shots. He had nine saves in the first, as Ohio State took a 1-0 lead, and added 12 in the second to protect a 2-0 advantage. He had 10 saves in the third and the lone goal came at the 16:22 mark of the third period with the Lakers skating 6-on-4. He was named the Perani Cup first star of the game for the fourth time in four league starts.
Saturday, Hjelle came on in relief in the first period with Ohio State down 2-0. He played 45:15 and allowed just one goal, making 18 saves. He had six stops in the first, nine in the second and three in the third.
For the year, Hjelle is third in the NCAA and first in the CCHA with a 1.45 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. In conference play, he has a .62 gaa and .977 save percentage to lead the CCHA. He has allowed three goals in five league games played, making 128 saves.
Hjelle was first named CCHA Goaltender of the Week Oct. 29 after posting a shutout at Bowling Green.
Hjelle and the Buckeyes return to action this week with two games at Michigan State. The Buckeyes (5-4-3, 4-2-2-1 CCHA) and Spartans (4-6-2, 3-4-1-0) will meet at 8:05 p.m. Friday in a game televised live by BTN and at 6:05 p.m. Saturday in a game broadcast by Comcast.
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