Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Chris Kamal Named WCHA Rookie of the Week

Coming off his stellar Saturday night performance, Chris Kamal today was named the Western College Hockey Association's Rookie of the Week.  Chris' performance keyed a 1-0 victory over the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and was the first shutout of his career.

Here's the WCHA press release text ...
Goaltender Chris Kamal, who led the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves to their first ever shutout victory at league rival Minnesota last Saturday, has been named the Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week for Feb. 1, 2011.

A 5-9, 186-pound freshman from Alpharetta, Ga., Kamal was named the No. 1 star of the game after stopping all 30 shots on goal as visiting Alaska Anchorage skated to a 1-0 victory over the Golden Gophers at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis on Jan. 29. Among his collegiate career-high 30 saves were 16 in the second period, paving the way for a third period tally at 1:18 from UAA's Matt Bailey to stand as the game-winner. His first collegiate shutout also included blanking Minnesota on all three of their power-play chances.

As a first-year player at UAA, Kamal has played in six games with a 2-3-1 record. He improved his save percentage to .864 (from .831) and his goals-against average to 3.45 (from 4.13).
Congratulations to Chris.  As I mentioned over the weekend his dad (Dan Kamal, voice of the Atlanta Thrashers) was in attendance at The John so I'm guessing it's a pretty nice week for the Kamals eh?


3 comments:

Suze said...

Congratulations Chris!! Good to see and well deserved.

FUAAF said...

It was a VERY special week for the entire family. As I have briefly mentioned before, Chris has been through a lot the last two years and this was a nice "payback" for all the hard work in rehab. We weren't sure if he would skate again, let alone play college hockey.

This kid just never gave up and never got down. His Dad was incredibly dedicated and supportive; so for him to ahow up Friday for the weekend series, figuring that Chris probably would not play, and then see his son shut out Minnesota? Pretty special.

It's also great to see how Chris and Rob support each other and get along so well.

Donald Dunlop said...

Hockey teams have more than one goalie so that someone on the team will be their friend ... ;-)

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