Falcons’ Stoever named Goaltender of the Month

Bowling Green 6-foot-3 sophomore Christian Stoever was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Month after winning four games and totaling a save percentage of .945.

He also registered a shutout, as well as a goals against average of 1.86.

Stoever backstopped Bowling Green in all six games in November, earning four wins, including a shutout against Ferris State.

He helped the Falcons to a series split against Michigan Tech, stopping 71-of-75 shots over the weekend. Of the 71 saves, 59 came in the first two periods of each game.

He was named CCHA Goaltender of the Week, marking his first honor of the season and second of his career. The following weekend, he led the Falcons to a sweep of St. Thomas, stopping 54-of-58 shots in a pair of 3-2 victories.

He closed the month with two 30-plus save performances against Ferris State, including matching his season-best with 39 saves in a shutout win over the Bulldogs. This was his first shutout of the season and second of his career.

Stoever totaled a .945 save percentage and 1.86 goals against average over the course of the month. In 23 chances, he allowed just one power play goal, stopping 43-of-44 shots for a .977 save percentage.

He averages a CCHA-high 31.55 saves per game and ranks third in the conference with 347 total saves. The sophomore is the first Falcon to earn a monthly honor this season, and first to do it since Austen Swankler was named Rookie of the Month in Dec. 2021.

Stoever is the first BGSU player to be named Goaltender of the Month since Ryan Bednard, who won in Oct. 2018. Stoever has a pair of honors from the CCHA this season, making him the only Falcon with multiple honors.

Four other players have earned a weekly award from the conference, giving BGSU six total. Last season, the team combined for 10 weekly or month recognitions from the league.

The Falcons return to action after a weekend off, playing Lake Superior State. Friday’s game begins at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday’s starts at 6:07 p.m. Both games will be played at Taffy Abel Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.