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Beaver Goalie Driscoll Named Richter Top 10 Semifinalist

Let’s Play Hockey Magazine has named Bemidji State Senior Goaltender Zach Driscoll one of 10 national semifinalists for the Mike Richter Award, given annually to the nation’s top D1 college goaltender.

To be considered, candidates must have outstanding goaltending skills, good academic standing, be full-time students and competing in 50-percent or more of the season. Consideration will be given to the candidate’s activities in the community as well.

Driscoll appeared 33 of 37 games as a junior, and was 21-8-4 with a 1.63 goals against average and a .937 save percentage. He was among the top 10 goaltenders nationally in several categories including third in goals against average, fifth in save percentage, sixth in wins and is tied for eighth with four shutouts. He made 862 saves, which included a career-best 48 in a 4-2 win at #2 Minnesota State University, Jan. 28. He had five games of 30-or-more saves and was part of a penalty kill unit that was second in the nation at .912.

Driscoll finished the regular season leading the WCHA in games started (27) and in minutes played (1626:31), while he was second among league goaltenders with 668 saves, a 1.48 goals against average, .944 save percentage and 19 wins, and was tied for second with three shutouts in league play.

Other semifinalist for the 2019-20 Mike Richter Award include: Matt Galajda, Cornell; Spencer Knight, Boston College; John Lethemon, Michigan State; Strauss Mann, Michigan; Frank Marotte, Clarkson; Dryden McKay, Minnesota State; Hunter Shepard, Minnesota Duluth; Jeremy Swayman, Maine; and Tyler Wall, UMass-Lowell.

Finalists for the Mike Richter Award, and eventually, its winner, will be determined a committee of coaches, scouts and members of the media.  The five finalist for the 2019-20 award will be named March 30th with this year’s Mike Richter Award presented April 10th.