GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota sophomore goaltender Cam Johnson, who recorded three shutouts in four December starts, has been named National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Player of the Month, it was announced today by the conference office.
Johnson went 4-0-0 in December as North Dakota skated to sweeps of ninth-ranked Denver (Dec. 4-5) and 17th-ranked Minnesota Duluth (Dec. 11-12). The Troy, Mich., native posted shutouts in each of his final three starts of the month and led the nation’s goaltenders in goals against average (0.25) and save percentage (.992) during the month.
Johnson’s shutout streak began with an 18-save performance in the series finale against Denver in which he earned the first shutout of his collegiate career. The following week in Duluth, Johnson stopped all 78 shots he faced in the series, including a career-high 40-save effort in the series opener. That performance marked just the second time in UND history a goaltender recorded a shutout with 40 or more saves.
Johnson was named NCHC Goaltender of the Week after each of those series, giving him three straight such honors and four overall on the season.
In 12 games this season, Johnson is 9-0-1 and leads the nation in goals against average (1.07) and save percentage (.957). He is the second straight Fighting Hawk to win NCHC monthly honors after sophomore forward Nick Schmaltz was named NCHC Player of the Month for November.
UND hosts the U.S. Under-18 Team in exhibition action Saturday, Jan. 9, at Ralph Engelstad Arena.