Cedar Rapids RoughRiders goaltender Brady Hjelle set a new USHL record when he collected his 37th win of the season on Saturday night, the most ever in a single season by a USHL goaltender.
Hjelle made a season high 42 saves as led the RoughRiders to a 4-2 win vs. the Green Bay Gamblers. The victory moved Cedar Rapids to the top spot in the Eastern Conference as they now have the best record in the USHL at 38-11-5 (81 points). Hjelle tied the record of 36 wins on Friday night when stopped 27 shots in the 4-3 victory against Youngstown. He then broke the record held by Jeff Lerg of the Omaha Lancers who won 36 games during the 2004-05 season.
Hjelle has won each of his last 12 starts and currently holds a 37-7-4 record. The 20-year-old native of International Falls, Minnesota is tied for the USHL lead with five shutouts while ranking fourth overall in goals-against-average (2.22), and tied for third in save percentage (.922). He has played more minutes (2,921) than any other goaltender in the League and has made the second most saves (1,274).
It is the second USHL season for Hjelle who spent the 2007-08 season with the RoughRiders. He has won 59 games over his USHL career, including eight shutouts. He is committed to play collegiate hockey next season at Ohio State University.
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