Alex Kyrias, NAHL.com
Minot Minotauros goalie Austin Park, 18, did himself one better in the month of February. As the runner-up for the Goaltender of the Month award in January, the native of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, took his game to the next level in February as the Minotauros widened their lead in the Central Division. Park (5’11/174) appeared in five games and played a total of 308 minutes during the month. He posted a 1.36 goals against average and stopped 148 of a possible 155 shots, which was good for a 95.5% save percentage in February. Park posted a 4-1-0 record in the month, which included back-to-back shutouts on February 11th and 17th. “Austin has really come into his own the last couple of months. He gives a chance to win in each of his starts, and that’s all you can ask for in a goalie. It wasn’t easy for him as we had three quality goalies in camp, but he worked his tail off everyday and responded when he received a chance. It’s a great story and you root for kids like that. He plays with confidence and competes, and our group believes in him,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.
Park said that one of the major reasons for the improvements in his game was due to the success of the team in front of him. “I think getting more comfortable with the pace and gaining more confidence has been huge. It doesn’t happen without my teammates. They are all responsible defensively and that makes us very solid in our own zone, which makes my job a lot easier,” said Park. “I want to play at the highest level I can, but mainly would like to go to an NCAA Division I school to play hockey and get a great education.”
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