Sponsored By
An organization or individual has paid for the creation of this work but did not approve or review it.



Michigan Tech goaltender Blake Pietila among three Mike Richter Award finalists

Yaniv Perets of Quinnipiac and last season's recipient Devon Levi of Northeastern also vie for top goaltender honor.

Michigan Tech goaltender Blake Pietila watches the action in a CCHA quarterfinal game against St. Thomas on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at MacInnes Student Ice Arena in Houghton, Mich.
Contributed / Michigan Tech Athletics

Blake Pietila of Michigan Tech, Yaniv Perets of Quinnipiac and last season's recipient Devon Levi of Northeastern are the three semifinalists for the Mike Richter Award, selected by a panel of voters across the hockey community for the annual honor given to the best Division I goaltender.

Pietila, a junior from Howell, Michigan, has a 23-9-3 record with a 1.96 goals-against-average and a .931 save percentage. He owns the Huskies' single-season shutout record with 10, coming this season, and 20 career shutouts, also a school record. He's second in the nation in wins and save percentage and fourth in goals-against-average and fifth in minutes played.

Yaniv Perets
Contributed / Quinnipiac University

He's a three-time semifinalist for the award. The three-time Hobey Baker candidate was named the CCHA's goaltender of the month for October, January and February, along with earning weekly honors seven times. The Huskies host Northern Michigan on Saturday in the Mason Cup semifinals.

Perets, a sophomore from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, owns a 1.55 goals against average to lead all Division I netminders. He owns a 28-3-3 record with a .927 save percentage. He also has eight shutouts this season, second to Pietila. Perets was a finalist for last season's award.

Perets and Quinnipiac play begin the ECAC quarterfinals on Friday against Yale.


2022 Mike Richter Award
Devon Levi, right, accepts the Mike Richter Award from Mike Richter during ceremonies Friday, April 8, 2022, at the Frozen Four at the Encore Boston Harbor Resort in Everett, MA.
Jim Rosvold / The Rink Live

Levi, a junior, has an 17-11-5 record with a 2.25 goals-against-average and a nation-leading .932 save percentage. He has six shutouts. A year ago, he posted a 21-10-1 record with a 1.54/.952/10-shutout campaign to earn last year's Richter.

Northeastern faces Providence on Saturday in a Hockey East quarterfinal.

The winner will be announced in April during the Frozen Four in Tampa, Florida.

Previous winners

  • 2014 — Connor Hellebuyck, UMass Lowell
  • 2015 — Zane McIntyre, North Dakota
  • 2016 — Thatcher Demko, Boston College
  • 2017 — Tanner Jaillet, Denver
  • 2018 — Cale Morris, Notre Dame
  • 2019 — Cayden Primeau, Northeastern
  • 2020 — Jeremy Swayman, Maine
  • 2021 — Jack LaFontaine, Minnesota
  • 2022 — Devon Levi, Northwestern
Pro signings, transfer portal updates and Northern Michigan begins process to shrink rink size at Berry Events Center
Hermantown native Ryan Sandelin is joining his former Hawks and Minnesota State teammate Wyatt Aamodt in Colorado.
The finish conjured memories of the 2019 WCHA title game in which MSU came back against Bowling Green, scoring two extra-attacker goals in the final 1:44 before winning 97 seconds into overtime.
It’s two of the hottest teams around with a conference playoff title and automatic NCAA tournament berth on the line Saturday in Mankato.
Pietila has a nation-leading 10 shutouts this year as Tech awaits NCAA at-large berth.
Northern Michigan faces a must-win situation, head coach Grant Potulny explains "the process" and Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings previews the upcoming matchup
CCHA to name individual awards later this week.
Minnesota State senior Brendan Furry (Toledo, Ohio) was named forward of the week.
The top-seeded Mavericks scored two quick goals in a span of 30 seconds at the end of the first period to get the sellout crowd back into the game and didn’t look back.
Wildcats will play for playoff championship and an automatic berth into NCAA tournament next weekend.

Rob Beer is the digital content manager for Forum Communications. A journalist with Forum Communications since 1991, he is the editor of The Rink Live and helps cover the CCHA. He also assists with other content produced by Forum Communications.
What to read next
For a team that made the leap from Division III to D-I a year ago, Year 2 is highlighted by improved play and news of a new arena for the Tommies.
The Bulldogs, the sixth-seeded team in the Mason Cup playoffs, face the defending champion Mavericks on Saturday.
Wildcats head coach Grant Potulny says keeping emotions in check after the whistle will be important against Huskies.
Sophomore goaltender has been stellar as Mavericks prepare to host Ferris State in Mason Cup semifinal
Get Local