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NAHL Alumni Update

November 19, 2014

Former NAHL and Odessa Jackalopes goalie Connor Hellebuyck shows off the puck from his first professional shutout.

It was a big week for NAHL goaltending alums as several earned weekly honors in the NCAA ranks.  Here is a look at some of the standout performances:
NCAA Division I hockey #1 Star: Kasimir Kaskisuo, Minnesota-Duluth
Former Minnesota Wilderness and NAHL goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo (2013-14) had a tremendous weekend between the pipes in leading the Bulldogs to a sweep of top-ranked Minnesota. He posted his first career shutout Friday night with 17 saves in the 3-0 victory. In the series finale, he totaled 24 saves while only allowing one goal in guiding Minnesota-Duluth to the 2-1 win. On the weekend, he had 41 saves and allowed only one goal in posting a 1.01 goals against average with a .976 save percentage. On the season, Kaskisuo, a freshman from Vantaa, Finland, has combined for a 7-3 record with a 2.01 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.
For his efforts, Kaskisuo was also named the NCHC Goaltender of the Week. Kaskisuo continued his excellent play of late, backstopping UMD to a sweep of top-ranked Minnesota, its first sweep of UM since 2004, while allowing just one goal all weekend. Kaskisuo was named the game’s third star Friday and first star Saturday. He kept Minnesota’s power play at bay, denying all five chances in the series, while he has now won five straight starts in net. Kaskisuo has also won NCHC Rookie of the Week this season.
WCHA Defensive Player of the Week: CJ Motte, Ferris State University
Former NAHL and Traverse City North Stars (2008-09) goalie C.J. Motte guided the Bulldogs to a home sweep over visiting Alaska Anchorage, posting an outstanding 0.54 goals against average (one goal allowed during 110:13 in net) and .969 save percentage (31-of-32). The returning Hobey Baker Award finalist recorded his 13th collegiate shutout – most among active NCAA goaltenders – in Friday's 4-0 victory. The senior from St. Clair, Mich. is tied for the national lead with three shutouts this season, while also ranking third for saves (310) and seventh for both goals against average (1.58) and save percentage (.948).
Former NAHL Rookie and Goalie of the Year and Odessa Jackalopes goalie Connor Hellebuyck (2011-12), posted his first career professional shutout on Tuesday night in the American Hockey League (AHL). The St. John’s IceCaps were on the right side of a defensive battle on Tuesday night as they topped the Toronto Marlies 2-0 at Mile One Centre. Hellebuyck recorded his first shutout as a professional and kicked aside all 23 shots he faced. The IceCaps shut the door in the third period to secure their second win in their last three games, thanks in large part to the strong play of Hellebuyck.
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Former Topeka RoadRunners forward Jake Kamrass shares special bond with brother (read)
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