Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Insider Video Interview - Mark Guggenberger

The Brahmas' rookie goaltender talks about joining the Brahmas, being selected as an All-Star and his success in the net

Mark Guggenberger is having the time of his life and if you don't believe that, take a close look at the rookie goaltender's smile on game day. At 23 (as of January 10th), the Richfield, Minnesota native has a 9-4-2 record, leads all Central Hockey League goaltenders with a 2.28 GAA and is ranked #6 with a .918 Save Percentage.

On December 29th, Guggenberger was selected as a reserve goalie for the 2012 CHL All-Star Game, which was held on January 11th at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Guggenberger blocks a shot by Arizona's Mike Gurtler

Guggenberger entered the game in relief of Fort Wayne Komets goalie Nick Boucher at the 9:34 mark of the second period with the score tied 3-3. Stopping 35 of 36 shots faced, he earned what may have been his most significant win of the season. Sure, a meaningless game as far as the standings go, but for a rookie backstopper, a huge honor and a immeasurable thrill.

I spoke to Guggenberger after tonight's 4-2 win over the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Here is our conversation.

Photo Credits: Top/Robert Keith; Bottom/Les Stukenberg - The Daily Courier

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