Monday, December 22, 2014

Lakers’ goalie saluted

Devin Tappenden’s stellar work between the pipes last month caught the attention of more than just frustrated opponents.
The Fort Frances Lakers’ goalie was named the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s second star of the month for February after going 8-0 with a 1.88 GAA and .927 save percentage.

Tappenden was only a few saves away from first-star status as he was nosed out by fellow goalie Sam Tanguay of the OJHL’s Kingston Voyageurs.
Tanguay also was 8-0 during February but had a slightly better in GAA (1.73) and save percentage (.935).
Tappenden finished the regular season with a 11-3 mark, which included winning his last 10 games in a row, to go along with a 2.26 GAA and .922 save percentage.
The 19-year-old from Markham, Ont., who joined the Lakers on Jan. 10 from the Burlington Cougars of the OJHL, was named Gongshow Gear Inc. performer of the month in the SIJHL for his efforts last month.
The Lakers, who finished atop the regular-season standings for the first time in franchise history, next will face the Thunder Bay North Stars in a two-game, total-goal series.
The victor then will get to select their semi-final opponent after the conclusion of the two quarter-final series, which begin this weekend.
The schedule for the Lakers-North Stars series was not known as of press time.

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