The SHL selected Michigan Gray Wolves G Dirk “The Bear” Lundquist as its Player of the Week. Lundquist established himself last season as the top goalie in the league, and this year he shows every sign of picking up exactly where he left off. For the week, Lundquist went 5-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .965 save percentage. For the season so far, he’s 7-2-0 with a 1.31 GAA and a .952 save percentage, leading the SHL in all goaltending categories.
“It gives you a real sense of confidence to know you’ve got The Bear back there,” said Michigan coach Ron Wright. “He’s our failsafe. It frees up the defense to be a little more aggressive and take more chances. And he’s a coach’s dream, because he works harder than anyone in practice and never stops trying to improve.”
Lundquist’s week catalyzed the Wolves, who vaulted to the top of the standings, 5 points clear of the rest of the league. The Bear’s brilliance was on display in back-to-back games. On Thursday, he stopped 38 shots as the Wolves nipped Dakota 2-1. The next night, Lundquist posted the season’s first shutout, stopping all 25 Anchorage shots and freezing the Igloos by a 2-0 margin.
“He was really standing on his head the last couple of games,” said Wolves C Hunter Bailes. “And if anyone could make saves while standing on his head, it’s The Bear.”