Fort Collins goaltender Sam Simon preps for a shot in a matchup against Valor Christian on Oct. 3. Simon's performance in that game is one of five nominees for top CPHL goaltender performance of the season. Photo by Katie Hinkle, SportsEngine
Goaltenders can change the tide of a game with a tremendous save while their team is behind, or they may take over a matchup, stymying any chances that come their way. With the Colorado Prep Hockey League (CPHL) on pause due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Colorado Hockey Hub took a look back on the season and selected five of the best game performances by a goaltender to date.
Pick your favorite from the nominees, which are presented below in no particular order, and vote in the poll that follows the final spotlighted performance.
Simon made headlines when he tied a national record with 84 saves in a 1-0 loss to Valor Christian in the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) ice hockey state title game in March. Seven months later, Simon and the Lambkins exacted revenge on the Eagles by dealing Valor Christian its only loss of the CPHL season in a 5-3 decision on Oct. 3. Simon was vital in the upset by stopping 44 of 47 shots, including 21 in the second period to protect a two-goal lead.
James had a busy start for the Angels in the regular-season opener, stopping 45 of 50 shots in a 7-5 victory over Cherry Creek on Sept. 5. James' performance helped set a tone for Denver East, which won its first five games — and eight of its next nine — to be a contender in the talent-laden Pacific Conference.
Schoffman lost several weeks of potential playing time while dealing with COVID-19-like symptoms and also due to game schedule changes as a result of the virus-related postponements or cancelations, but neither prevented him from missing a beat for the Eagles when they had games — including standout performances in his last two starts. Schoffman notched 29 saves in a 3-0 victory over Vail on Oct. 16 and then posted a 48-save performance in a 3-3 tie against Castle View on Nov. 7.
After losing four of their first five games, the Eagles claimed a 3-2 upset over Heritage on Oct. 3 with the help of Hunter. The freshman goaltender stood on his head, stopping 33 of 35 shots to allow Pine Creek to make the most of its 17 shots on goal.
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