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San Jose native Vernon earns weekly accolades from NCHC


Colorado College junior goalie Matt Vernon has been named the NCHC Goaltender of the Week.

Vernon started both games against No. 16 Omaha last weekend, backstopping Colorado College to a series split.

On Friday, he made 31 saves, tying a season high, while allowing only a power-play goal in a 4-1 victory over the Mavericks. It was his first win of the season in net. The next night, he made 27 saves in 3-2 defeat.

Vernon finished the weekend with 58 saves on 62 shots faced for a .935 save percentage and a 2.04 goals-against average. He also helped kill two of three Omaha power plays in the series.

The San Jose native (he was born there when his father Mike Vernon was playing for the San Jose Sharks) upped his season save percentage to .930 and lowered his GAA to 2.15 on the year, while improving to 1-4-1 in nine appearances in net.

This is Vernon’s first career NCHC Goalie of the Week honor. He was a two-time NCHC Rookie of the Week as a freshman.

Photo/Colorado College Athletics

(January 31, 2022)

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