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SCSU's Jaxon Castor receives NCHC honor

Goalie allowed two goals over two games in series against Gophers

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St. Cloud State's Jaxon Castor (40) makes a save in a game against the University of Minnesota during the first period on Jan. 8, 2023, at 3M Arena at Mariucci in Minneapolis.
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St. Cloud State senior goalie Jaxon Castor can add another first to his resume.

For the first time, Castor has been named NCHC Goaltender of the Week. He received that honor on Monday, Jan. 9.

Castor, who is from Phoenix, earned the honor after giving up two goals in two nonconference games against the University of Minnesota over the weekend.

Jaxon Castor
Jaxon Castor
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On Saturday, Castor stopped all 23 shots he faced in a 3-0 win for his first shutout as an NCAA Division I goalie. It was the first time in 59 games that the Gophers have been shut out and it was SCSU's first shutout of Minnesota since Scott Meyer's 3-0 win on March 16, 2001, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Castor, a former club hockey goalie , then stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced in a 2-1 overtime loss. For the series, he stopped 51 of 53 shots (96%).

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After being a backup for the last three seasons to David Hrenak, Castor has been splitting time this season with Dominic Basse. The Gophers series was the first time this season that he has started back-to-back games.

For the season, Castor is 8-3 with a 1.90 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

The NCHC Forward of the Week is Denver's Massimo Rizzo. The sophomore from Burnaby, British Columbia, two goals and an assist in a series split with Alaska.

The NCHC Defenseman of the Week is North Dakota's Tyler Kleven. Kleven, a junior from Fargo, N.D., had four goals — including two game-winners — in a series sweep of Lindenwood.

St. Cloud State (7-3 NCHC, 15-5 overall) plays host to Colorado College (5-4-1, 9-10-1) in a conference series this weekend at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. The teams play at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday (both on FOX 9+).

On Saturday, SCSU will retire Matt Cullen's No. 9 jersey in a pregame ceremony. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 5 p.m.

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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com
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