Aspen native, Colorado College freshman Mbereko chosen for monthly NCHC honors
Colorado College freshman Kaidan Mbereko has been named the NCHC Goaltender of the Month.
Mbereko was a rock in net for the Tigers in November, starting all six games as CC began conference play. He earned two wins and a tie, going 2-3-1 in NCHC action, while compiling a .945 save percentage, which is second in the NCHC in November. Mbereko’s 1.68 goals-against average is also second among NCHC netminders this month. He racked up 155 saves in November, tying for third in the NCHC, while averaging 25.83 saves per game.
The Aspen native opened November with his first collegiate shutout, making a career high 34 saves on Nov. 4 in a 5-0 win over then-No. 19 Minnesota Duluth. He matched his 34-save total the following weekend in a 2-1 win at Miami on Nov. 12. Mbereko also stopped 32 shots on Nov. 5 in the series finale with the Bulldogs, giving up only two goals. He was twice named the NCHC Goaltender of the Week in November, earning it for his performance in the split with UMD Nov. 4-5 and for his win and tie at Miami the next weekend.
On the season, Mbereko improved to 3-5-1, while boasting a .920 save percentage, which is third in the NCHC. He also lowered his GAA to 2.38 on the year, tying for fifth in the NCHC.
During his youth hockey days, Mbereko played for the Aspen Leafs and Rocky Mountain Snow Kings.
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(November 30, 2022)