Friday, February 4, 2011

Beech placed on waivers

Former CHL Goaltender of the year had unfortunate performance as a Brahma

The Texas Brahmas placed goalie Kevin Beech on waivers today, it was confirmed by Pointstreak.

Beech, 24, went 8-4-2-1 this season, with a 3.25 GAA and a .891 Save Percentage. He was relieved in four other games, the last at Rio Grande Valley on January 28th after allowing two goals in 17:39 played.

The Brantford, Ontario native was the 2008-09 CHL Goaltender of the Year and a member of that season's All-CHL Team after starting 50 games with the Mississippi RiverKings. He finished the regular season with a 35-12-3-3 record, a 2.44 GAA and a .906 save percentage. He was also first in the league in minutes played (3025:11) and wins (35).

Last season, he was forced to limit his activities after a necessary off-season hip surgery to remove cartilage buildup. He began the season on the 30-day IR and was finally activated on December 4th. His first start, against the Missouri Mavericks two days later, was a 4-2 victory with Beech stopping 18 of 20 shots faced.

He went 6-3-2 with the RiverKings before he was traded to Corpus Christi for future considerations. With the IceRays, Beech went 12-7-2, helping to propel the team into the Southern Conference’s final playoff spot.

Unfortunately for Beech and the IceRays, the Brahmas took the first round of the playoffs 2-0, thereby ending their season and in the end, closing the books on the franchise as the team would fold in May.

Beech is a much better goaltender than this season's stats reflect and we wish him the best in the future.

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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