UMass Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck gets a lot of credit, and deservedly so. He made 28 saves on Saturday in picking up his sixth shutout in half a season, and ran his goaltending stats to being the best in the country.
On the back of yet another stalwart performance, his River Hawks downed league rival UNH, 2-0, to advance to their first Frozen Four in school history.
He's obviously drawing a lot of praise for having a 1.31 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage in 23 appearances this season, and again, it's all due. In his last four starts, all of them knockout games against nationally-ranked opponents, he's allowed a whopping two goals 131 shots (a .985 save percentage). And really, he's made it all look easy. But that's the plan.
Hellebuyck often describes his own style, modeled a little bit after Olaf Kolzig's, as "big and boring." He's positionally sound, and a big boy at 6-foot-4, and consequently never has to make highlight-reel saves because everything hits him more or less where he wants it to. There nothing flashy about his game, but he's 20-2 on the season for the simple reason that it's all pretty much excellent.Read More »from NCAA Hockey Tournament: Lowell is big, boring and bound for Frozen Four