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Jr. Coyotes, AHU alum, Phoenix native Castor takes home weekly NCHC award


The NCHC has announced that St. Cloud State senior Jaxon Castor is the NCHC Goaltender of the Week.

Castor was stellar between the pipes for the Huskies, backstopping SCSU to a win and overtime loss against then-No. 3 Minnesota.

In Saturday’s series opener, the Phoenix native stopped all 23 shots he faced for his first career shutout in a 3-0 victory at home. It was SCSU’s first whitewash of the Golden Gophers since 2001 and marked the first time in 59 games (since March 28, 2021) Minnesota was held scoreless. A day later in Minneapolis, Castor made 28 more saves in a 2-1 overtime loss, with neither goal on Sunday coming 5-on-5 (one power play and one in 3-on-3 overtime).

Castor finished the series with a 0.96 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage, both tops in the NCHC on the weekend. He compiled 51 saves on 53 shots faced in the split with Minnesota, while helping SCSU go 5 for 6 on the penalty kill with four short-handed saves.

On the season, Castor is now 8-3-0 while lowering his GAA to 1.90 and upping his save percentage to .927. Both Castor’s save percentage and GAA rank in the top 10 nationally, with his save percentage fifth and his GAA ranking eighth.

During his days in Arizona, Castor played for the Jr. Coyotes and Arizona Hockey Union.

Photo/St. Cloud State Athletics

(January 9, 2023)

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