Golden State Elite, Jr. Ducks alum, Davis native Millward nets monthly NAHL accolades
The NAHL announced today that Janesville Jets netminder Owen Millward is the NAHL Goaltender of the Month.
It has been a huge second half of the season and month of February for Millward. The Davis native was close to perfect during the month, posting a 5-0-0 record, which included three shutouts in five starts.
“Owen has been a workhorse for us. We have had quite the turnaround in the second half as a team and a lot of that is credit to Owen and how he has elevated his play,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess. “He has given us a chance, and then some, every single game. Owen has tremendous work ethic, he’s competitive, he’s coachable, and above all he’s just a great young man. He’s one of the best goalies in the league and our players and staff are proud of him and this recognition.”
Millward, 18, stopped 132 of 135 shots that came his way in the five games, which was good for a 0.60 goals-against average and .978 save percentage in February. For the season, Millward currently has a 22-8-0 record for the Jets, with a 2.57 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. His six shutouts this season is currently tied for the league lead.
“I owe a large part of my success the past month to my teammates in front of me,” added Millward. “When the team plays as well as they have been, it gives me a lot of confidence, which is a huge part of being a goaltender. When you can step on the ice and you know your team has your back, it’s a great feeling. I think it goes both ways too. As a goalie you can instill confidence in your group as well, and when it’s going both ways like it has been, you start to win a lot of games. For the rest of the season, I want to help bring a Robertson Cup to the city of Janesville. I think it would be an amazing story if we made a run, given our record through the first 20 games or so.
“Beyond this year, my goal is to take my hockey career as far as possible. My initial goal is to earn an NCAA Division I scholarship, and beyond that, hopefully live out the dream and play professional hockey.”
During his youth hockey days, Millward played for the Golden State Elite Eagles and Anaheim Jr. Ducks.
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(March 3, 2022)