The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced that Bismarck Bobcats goaltender Ryan Faragher has been named the SBK Hockey Goaltender of the Month for December.
Faragher, a 20-year-old from Fort Francis, Ontario, posted a perfect 5-0 record during the month, including a 23-save shutout performance in a 5-0 victory over the Austin Bruins on Dec. 10, to compliment a stingy 0.80 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage.
“Ryan has been great for us all year long,” Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie said of the Dartmouth College recruit. “He’s really been a huge part of our success; he gives us a chance to win every night.”
In 25 appearances this season, Faragher, who won a Robertson Cup championship with the Bobcats last season, is tied for the lead among NAHL goaltenders in wins (19) go along with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.
“All of Ryan’s hard work is paying off and he’s becoming one of the elite goaltenders in the NAHL,” Sedevie added.
“It’s definitely a team award,” said Faragher, who played in last month’s NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. “The guys really stepped it up last month and helped me out on the back end.”
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