Bruins’ Lehr named goalie of the month

Published 6:56pm Friday, January 4, 2013

Bruins goaltender Nick Lehr, 19, was recently named NAHL goalie of the month for December.

The native of Roseville, Minnesota, was almost unbeatable during the month as he posted a 5-1-0 record, including a sparkling 1.15 goals against average and a 95.3 save percentage. Lehr gave up just seven goals in the six games and also had one shutout. His lone loss was a 1-0 defeat to the Minot Minotauros back on December 1st in which he allowed just a single goal on 28 shots. Lehr hasn’t given up more than two goals in a game since Nov. 23.

Bruins head coach Chris Tok said that Lehr and the Bruins goaltending in general, has been the backbone of their success so far this season.

“You have to have a solid goalie or else you will go nowhere,” Tok said. “Nick is certainly deserving of something like this and the accolades because he is making the saves that he has to in order for our team to be successful,”

Lehr said that he has kept the focus simple this season knowing he was going to be the No. 1 guy.

“My focus coming into this year was just to win,” he said. “I wanted to be the main guy and the guy that is leading this team to as many wins as possible. The chemistry on the team is great, the guys are having fun and it is fun to win. I don’t really focus on stats that much, but I want to keep my team in the game so they have a good chance to each night we play,”

Lehr also said that the competition within the division and with fellow rookie goaltender Jason Pawloski has forced him to focus and try even harder.

“We play in a very tough and deep division. Each weekend is tough and a challenge,” Leh rsaid. “Jason understands the game well and pushes me to play better.”

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