San Jose native Vernon earns NCHC Rookie of the Week honors
Colorado College freshman goaltender Matt Vernon has been named the NCHC Rookie of the Week for the week ending Feb. 9, 2020.
Vernon, a San Jose native, was solid in net to help Colorado College earn two points in a pair of overtime games against St. Cloud State last weekend. He topped 30 saves both nights, including 31 on Friday in a 3-2 overtime loss. Six of his 31 saves Friday came short-handed as he helped kill off all three SCSU power plays.
The next night, Vernon made 32 saves in a 2-2 overtime tie, including 13 in the second period and three in overtime, to earn First Star of the Game. He made 10 of his 32 saves short-handed as CC went 3 for 4 on the penalty kill Saturday. Vernon also stopped multiple shots in 3-on-3 overtime and made a save in the only round of the ensuing shootout to secure an extra point for the Tigers.
Vernon finished with an NCHC-best 63 saves in regulation and 5-on-5 overtime in the series for a .926 save percentage and a 2.39 goals-against average, while going 0-1-1 with the loss in overtime.
On the season, he is now 5-12-2, while he upped his season save percentage to .902 and lowered his season GAA to 3.45 following the series with the Huskies.
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(Feb. 10, 2020)