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Warrior ECHL Goalie of the Month: Caps’ prospect Philipp Grubauer

Warrior ECHL Goalie of the Month: Caps’ prospect Philipp Grubauer

Warrior Ritual LogoNovember has been good to goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

For the second straight season, the Washington Capitals goaltending prospect was named Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of Month for November after going 10-1-0 with a 2.13 goals-against average and a save percentage of .913 in 12 appearances with the Reading Royals. Last season, Grubauer got the November nod while playing for the South Carolina Stingrays.

Grubauer, a 21-year-old from Germany, set a Royals’ record with a personal 10-game winning streak to open the month. He allowed two goals or less in six of 11 starts during November, and made at least 27 saves on five occasions.

A fourth-roundpick of the Capitals in the 2010 NHL Draft, Grubauer has appeared in 58 career ECHL games over two seasons, posting 33-17-4 record with one shutout, a 2.23 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. He was selected to the ECHL All-Rookie Team last season and finished this November among the legaue leaders in wins (10), goals-against (2.25) and saves (880).

Runners Up for the November Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month included Brian Foster of Cincinnati, who was 5-0-0, with a 1.87 goals-against average and .929 save percentage; Mike Lee, who was 6-2-0 with a 1.62 goals against and .937 save percentage in Gwinnett; and Josh Robinson, who won all six starts with a 2.63 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.

Marc Cheverie of the Elmira Jackals won the October award.

About The Author

Kevin Woodley is a rec-league target and former contributing editor of the Goalie News magazine. He has written about the Vancouver Canucks and NHL for The Associated Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News for the last decade, and covered the 2010 Olympics for The AP.

2 Comments

  1. I actually hope Gruby gets a shot at it.. very athletic excellent goaltender who carried a pathetic Frontenac Club until he contracted mononucleiosis. No franchise goalie in Washington at the moment so maybe with injury he gets up at some point? If not, I wish him better things than the ECHL after entry level contract done! He can play!!

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  2. He showed me he has a lot of character when he played for the Windsor Spitfires. In our second year of back-to-back Memorial Cups, he started the playoffs shaky and found himself on the bench for a game. That was all it took and he went on fire and the rest was history. I’ll never forget a cross crease save he made in the OHL final game when it was still close. He is a good one – I wish him all the best.

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