SHL Player of the Week – Week 3

Dirk Lundquist

The SHL selected Michigan Gray Wolves G Dirk “The Bear” Lundquist as its Player of the Week.  Lundquist had another exceptional week for the Wolves, going 3-0-0 with a 1.32 GAA and a .967 save percentage.  For the season, the Michigan goalie’s numbers seem almost too good to be real: 10-0-0, 0.99 GAA, .966 save percentage.

There were no easy wins for Lundquist this week, either: he faced two games against longtime rival Anchorage and one against Seattle, Michigan’s closest competitor so far.  On Tuesday, he stopped all 41 Igloos shots in a 2-0 victory.  On Thursday, he had 36 saves to sink the Sailors 3-2.  Then on Saturday, he turned aside another 41 Anchorage blasts and held on to prevail 3-2 in overtime.

“I think when he lost the Goalie of the Year Award [to Quebec’s Riki Tiktuunen] last season, he took that personally,” said Wolves coach Ron Wright.  “The Bear’s not a real emotional guy, not publicly anyway, but I know that bothered him.  This year, he’s on a mission to show everybody who the best netminder in the league really is.  As far as I’m concerned, he can go right on showing everybody all season.”

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