The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced that Wenatchee Wild goaltender Brandon Jaeger has been named the Sherbrook Hockey Goaltender of the Month for January.
Jaeger, a 19-year-old from Champlin, Minn., fashioned a 3-1 record during the month, including a 20-save shutout performance in a 6-0 victory over the Alaska Avalanche on Jan. 30, to compliment a 1.00 goals-against average and a .969 save percentage.
“Brandon has been solid for us all season,” said Wild associate head coach Ryan McKelvie. “He’s a very skilled goaltender who understands how prepare."
On the year, Jaeger, who played in last month's Sherwood/NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, leads the league in goals-against average (1.80) and save percentage (.935) to go along with a 14-2-1 record in 19 appearances for the West Division-leading Wild.
Last season, Jaeger, who was named the Sherbrook Hockey Goaltender of the Month for September/October, helped Russell Stover’s Midget Major (U18) team to an appearance in the USA Hockey National Championships.
"He gives his team a chance to win every night, and he should be a very good goaltender at the Division I level," McKelvie added.
HONORABLE MENTION: Bismarck’s Jake Williams; Janesville’s Matt Wichorek; Marquette’s Kevin Kissaw; Traverse City’s Chris Paliafito and Drew Strandberg
PAST WINNERS: Wenatchee's Brandon Jaeger (September/October); Bismarck’s Ryan Faragher (November); Janesville’s Geoff Sadjadi
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The NAHL, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II league boasting 23 teams from across the country, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.