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Pritchard Named NPHL Goaltender of the Month

December has been a relatively quiet month around the Northern Pacific Hockey League as teams prepare for the winter break. Nonetheless, the league has seen some exceptional goalie play from every team this month.

For December’s goalie of the month, the league will head to Eugene, Oregon, to take a closer look at one of the goalies on the Eugene Generals. The Generals number one goalie, Christopher Pritchard, is December’s goalie of the month.

Pritchard has an accomplishment that no other goalie in the league can claim, and that’s holding the NPHL’s number one team, the Wenatchee Wolves, to a single goal.

During this game on December 10th, Pritchard faced 52 total shots, which includes a 24-shot third period by the Wolves. His performance helped lift the Generals to a 2 – 1 victory over the Wolves. This victory for the Generals handed the Wolves its first loss in NPHL play of the season. However, this is not Pritchard’s only strong performance.

Since the start of the season, Pritchard has saved 352 shots while allowing 28 goals in 12 games. This performance in net has led to Pritchard earning a team, and career, high in save percentage. So far this season, Pritchard has a .926 save percentage. He has also allowed an average of 2.50 goals per game, which is currently fourth best in the NPHL.

Justin Kern, the Generals’ head coach, commented on Pritchard’s performance. He said, “Pritchard is the type of guy that keeps working, no matter what. He really wanted to get one of those games against Wenatchee, so I’m glad he got the chance to do that. But he is just a hard working kid who keeps his eye on the prize, and he knows exactly why he is here. He wants to work hard and be apart of this team. He has been doing that for three years, so it’s really good to see it’s paying off for him.”

Before concluding play, and heading into the winter break, Pritchard and the Generals will host the Seattle Ravens in a two-game series. Both of these games will be held at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:35 pm on both Friday, December 18th, and Saturday, December 19th.

For a full weekend preview, tune in to the NPHL’s website on Wednesday, December 16th. 

(This article originally appeared on www.NPHLonline and was written by Garrett Fabris)