Bruins’ Pawloski named star of the week

Published 7:08 pm Monday, January 28, 2013

Austin Bruins’ goalie Jason Pawloski has been named the NAHL Central Division Star of the week.

It is hard to ignore the ‘perfect’ weekend when it takes place, but that’s exactly what happened to Bruins rookie goaltender Jason Pawloski.

The 17-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, played in both road games this weekend against the Minot Minotauors and promptly shutout Minot in both games. In the process, Austin became the first NAHL team to secure a playoff berth for the 2013 Robertson Cup Playoffs.

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On Friday, Pawlowski made 33 saves in a 5-0 win. On Saturday, he stopped all 25 shots in a 3-0 win. For the weekend, Pawloski stopped all 58 shots that came his way.

Last week, he was named as one of the two goalies for the NAHL 18U Selects team at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament next month.

“We had been rotating every other game, but since Jason played so well on Friday I thought he deserved the opportunity on Saturday,” said Austin head coach Chris Tok. “He plays well and very composed for a younger guy. He keeps pucks in sight and in front of him, which makes it easier on everyone.”

The Bruins lead the NAHL with 67 points and this will be the second year they will play in the playoffs since the franchise debuted three seasons ago.