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Kenai River goalie Pavicich makes NCAA DI commitment

March 4, 2021

The Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League are pleased to announce that goaltender Luke Pavicich has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Hockey East.

Pavicich, 18, is currently in his second season of playing junior hockey and first in the NAHL.  The 6’3/175 lbs. native of Clarence Center, NY, has played in 21 games so far during the 2020-21 season, posting an 11-8-1 record with a 2.73 goals against average and a .925 save percentage, which also includes two shutouts.

His .925 save percentage currently ranks tied for 5th among NAHL goalies. Earlier this season, Pavicich was named the Midwest Division Star of the Week for the week of January 25-31, where he stopped 72 of a possible 74 shots in the two wins.

“We are extremely excited for Luke to have earned this opportunity. Luke has worked very hard this season both on and off the ice, he comes ready to battle every day in both games and practice. We’ve been very fortunate to receive a number of stellar performances from him so far this season. The sky is the limit for Luke moving forward in his hockey career. We are really looking forward to following his success as he takes the step to college hockey,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.

He is the fifth player on the 2020-21 Brown Bears roster that has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey.

Click here for an updated NAHL to NCAA commitment list

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