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Phoenix native, Jr. Coyotes, AHU alum Castor takes home monthly NCHC, HCA accolades


St. Cloud State senior Jaxon Castor has been named the NCHC Goaltender of the Month and the Hockey Commissioners Association Co-Goaltender of the Month.

Castor took his game to another level in March, backstopping St. Cloud State to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship and an NCAA Regional Final. In his six starts last month, he posted a 4-2-0 record, while compiling a 1.67 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage, both of which ranked second in the NCHC in March. Castor racked up 147 saves this month, which were the most in the NCHC, while he was the only NCHC goalie with two shutouts in March.

Castor earned both Frozen Faceoff All-Tournament Team and NCAA Fargo Regional All-Tournament Team honors for his postseason efforts. He opened his postseason with a 26-save performance in Game 3 of the NCHC quarterfinals on March 12 against Minnesota Duluth, giving up only one goal in a 3-1 win that advanced SCSU to the Frozen Faceoff.

At Xcel Energy Center, Castor allowed two goals total, making 23 saves in an overtime win against North Dakota in the semifinals on March 17, before blanking Colorado College in the Frozen Faceoff championship with a 17-save showing. He recorded a second straight whitewash in the Fargo Regional semifinals, making 34 saves in a 4-0 win over No. 10 Minnesota State. Castor closed March with 26 stops and three goals allowed in a NCAA Tournament regional final loss to No. 1 Minnesota.

Castor finished the season with a 14-8-1 record, while compiling a 2.02 GAA and a .924 save percentage with four shutouts. His 2.02 GAA was the second-best mark in a single season in SCSU program history, while his four shutouts rank third all-time at SCSU and his save percentage fifth. Nationally, Castor ranks fifth this season in GAA and eighth with his .924 save percentage.

Back home, the Phoenix native played for the Jr. Coyotes and Arizona Hockey Union.

Photo/St. Cloud State Athletics

(April 3, 2023)

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