The University of North Dakota men’s and women’s hockey teams are backstopped by two outstanding goalies. Currently, both teams’ goaltenders are playing out of their minds. Both goaltenders are coming off multiple game shutout streaks. And finally, both goalies helped their team secure important points this past weekend. Let’s meet the goalies.
Cam Johnson, sophomore, Troy, Michigan
For the men’s team, the Fighting Hawks are led by their sophomore goalie, Cam Johnson (7-0-1, 1.20 GAA, .955 save percentage). This past weekend, Johnson and the Fighting Hawks swept the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (3-0 W, 3-0 W).
For those keeping track at home, the Fighting Hawks have now won back-to-back-to-back shutouts. With Johnson in goal, UND has once again become the number one defensive team in the National Colligate Hockey Conference.
Johnson was injured on October 16, 2015, and missed 10 games with a lower-body injury. Johnson returned to action on November 21, 2015, against St. Cloud State Huskies, relieving starting goalie Matt Hrynkiw. During Johnson’s absence, Hrynkiw went (9-2-1, 2.11 GAA, .911 save percentage). Since relieving Hrynkiw in St. Cloud, Johnson’s season has taken off.
Since his return, Johnson has been one of the better goalies in the country (6-0-0, 0.93 GAA, .969 save percentage). Breaking it down further, over the last six games, Johnson and the Fighting Hawks have given up three goals in six games. For Johnson, that translates to (6-0-0, 0.50 GAA, .983 save percentage).
This past weekend, Johnson stopped all 78 shots he faced.
The Fighting Hawks end the first half of the season on a high note and look forward to the challenge of the stretch run during the second half of the season.
“We knew that we are just as good of a team as anyone out there,” Amsley-Benzie said, “We’ve had some setbacks in the first half, but we know it’s time to get it together. We were going to do anything it took to get a few points out of this weekend.”
Much like Johnson, Amsley-Benzie (9-5-2, 1.56 GAA, .929 save percentage) is smoking hot right now. The senior from Warroad Minnesota has shutouts in three of her last four games and given up one goal in four games. That translates to (2-1-1, 0.25 GAA, .990 save percentage).