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Aspen native, Colorado College netminder Mbereko garners monthly NCHC honors

 

The NCHC has announced that Colorado College sophomore Kaidan Mbereko is the Goaltender of the Month.

Mbereko started all four Colorado College games in December, posting a 2-1-1 record in net. He ranked third in the NCHC with both a .926 save percentage and a 1.95 goals-against average during the month. Mbereko racked up 100 saves in December, averaging 25 saves per game, while allowing only two goals in each of his four starts.

The Aspen native compiled 46 saves in a series with future NCHC member Arizona State to start the month. He racked up 34 stops, including 19 in the first period, in a 2-2 overtime tie on Dec. 1 for his second-highest save total of the season. His best outings came a week later, when he backstopped CC to a pair of 3-2 overtime wins at then-No. 1 North Dakota. Mbereko compiled 32 saves in the series opener on Dec. 8, before making 22 more stops in another overtime win a night later. He was named NCHC Goaltender of the Week for his efforts at UND.

Mbereko improved to 9-6-1 overall this season, while upping his season save percentage to .912, which is third in the NCHC. He also lowered his season GAA to 2.52, which sits fifth in the NCHC.

During his youth hockey days, Mbereko played for the Aspen Leafs and Rocky Mountain Snow Kings.

Photo/Russell Hons

(January 5, 2024)

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