Dec. 4, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brady Hjelle, a senior on the Ohio State men’s hockey team, has been named the CCHA’s Gongshow Goaltender of the Month for November, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Tuesday. Hjelle, from International Falls, Minn., had a league-best .62 goals-against average and .978 save percentage during November and was a two-time league goaltender of the week.
During November, Hjelle played in five games, starting four, and did not allow more than one goal in any appearance. He had four starts and was the first star in all four, and came on in relief 15 minutes into his other appearance. Three of five appearances were on the road.
He allowed three total goals, with two of the three on the power play (one a 5x3 vs. Alaska Nov. 9, one a 6x4 score late at Lake Superior State Nov. 23). Hjelle had 31 or more saves in three outings.
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. 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.
He opened the month with 34 saves vs. Alaska Nov. 9 in a 1-1 tie and then had four saves in the Buckeyes’ shootout win. In his next start, Hjelle shut out Northern Michigan, 2-0, with 20 saves.
The next week, Hjelle was the CCHA goalie of the week after posting a 1.14 gaa and .961 save percentage in a split at Lake Superior State Nov. 23-24. He stopped 31-of-32 shots in a 4-1 game one win. In game two, he came in on relief with the Buckeyes down 2-0, playing the final 45:15 and allowing just one goal on 19 shots.
His final start of the month was Nov. 30 at Michigan State, as he stopped all 31 shots he faced in a 1-0 victory (his second of the season). The Buckeyes scored the gamewinner with just 2:13 left in regulation.
The Buckeyes averaged just 2.0 goals scored per game in Hjelle’s five appearances, topping two just once. The squad was 4-2-1 during November, with Hjelle posting a 3-1-1 ledger.
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 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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