The North American Hockey League honored Tyler Krivtsov, naming the Ice Dogs’ net-minder the Bauer Hockey Goaltender of the Month for December. The 6’2/175 lbs. native of Santa Clarita, CA, celebrated his 18th birthday at the beginning of the month and then followed that up with a perfect 4-0 record in four appearances in December. Krivtsov allowed just five goals in his four starts, stopping 98 of 103 shots, which was good for a .951 save percentage and 1.25 goals against average during the month.
Krivtsov, who played the past two previous seasons in the NAPHL for the Shattuck-St. Mary’s 18U team, is 9-5-0 this season in 14 games played with a 2.61 goals against average and .899 save percentage.
“Tyler really went to another level in December,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart. “We are fortunate that we have a great tandem of goalies in Tyler and Kayden Hargraves who are both playing well right now and giving us a chance to win every game. We are hopeful that momentum and improvement can continue during the second half of the season as we make a run towards the playoffs.”
Krivtsov credited the culture and they guys in front of him for the award.
“The success of our team in December was what helped my personal success,” Krivtsov said. “When the Dogs get on a roll you get in a good rhythm and just have fun playing. We have a tight group that supports each other, and our coaching staff is top tier. I look to continue to develop into a better version of myself and to gain tons of experience which would put me on path to NCAA Division I hockey.”
Krivtsov and the Ice Dogs are back in action this weekend in Springfield for a pivotal 2-game series against the Jr. Blues.