Thursday, March 1, 2012

Guggenberger named 50/50 Central/CHL Rookie of the Month

Brahmas goalie went 9-1-1 in February

The Central Hockey League announced today that Texas Brahmas goaltender Mark Guggenberger has been named the recipient of the 50/50 Central/CHL Rookie of the Month for February 2012.
Guggenberger joins Evansville’s Bryan Gillis as the only two goaltenders to win the rookie monthly award (Gillis won in January).

Guggenberger, 23, amazingly allowed just 15 goals in 12 games played during the month of February finishing with a .948 save percentage and a 1.23 goals against average. The Richfield, Minnesota native’s record was 9-1-1 and during his run, he posted three consecutive shutouts. The first of the shutout string of games came on February 14th against the Brahmas' top rival, the Allen Americans, and served as Guggenberger’s first professional shutout.

As a part of Guggenberger’s shutout stretch, the CHL All-Star Game-winning goaltender set a new consecutive scoreless minute streak with 238:31. The 6-3, 208-pound goalie won the Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week nod on February 21, complimenting his record-breaking week.

On the season, Guggenberger is 18-5-3 with a league-leading 1.82 goals against average and a league-leading .930 save percentage. His three shutouts are tied for the league lead.

Before turning pro, Guggenberger played three seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) earning a 40-30-5 record while playing with Kelowna, Swift Current and Portland. Last year, Guggenberger played one season of university hockey at the University of Prince Edward Island.

50/50 Central/CHL Rookie of the Month
Mark Guggenberger, Texas Brahmas

(February Totals)
Record – 9-1-1
Shutouts - 3
Goals Allowed – 15
Saves – 271
GAA – 1.23
Save% – .948

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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