USA Hockey today announced that Sioux Falls Stampede goaltender Charlie Lindgren has been named the Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year, presented to the top American-born goaltender in junior hockey this season.
Lindgren led all USHL netminders this season with 35 victories, tied for the third most wins in a season since USA Hockey designated the USHL as Tier 1 in 2002. The 35 wins were the most ever by a Stampede goaltender during their 15 seasons in the USHL. His overall record was 35-14-2 with a 2.80 goals-against-average and .900 save percentage.
He was a workhorse for the Stampede as he appeared in 52 of the team’s 64 regular season games, playing 2,852 total minutes in net to rank third in the USHL. Lindgren led Sioux Falls to a record-setting season as they earned 45 wins to finish on top of the Western Conference. It tied for the most wins in the USHL and it was the most wins ever by a Stampede team.
Lindgren also posted two shutouts, including stopping all 41 shots in a 2-0 win over the Tri-City Storm on December 7th which was less than two weeks before his 19th birthday. The 41 saves were a season high for the goaltender.
The Lakeville, Minnesota native was also selected by NHL scouts to compete in the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January.
Lindgren won 44 games over his two-year USHL career in addition to five playoff games. He will continue his hockey career next season at St. Cloud State University.
It is the first time that a member of the Sioux Falls Stampede has earned the Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year Award. Lindgren is the ninth goaltender from the USHL to receive the honor in the 11 seasons since it has been awarded. He will officially be presented the award on June 5th at the USA Hockey Annual Congress in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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