A Closer Look at the Five MOG Finalists


The finalists for the Scott Brower Award were announced last week and it should be very interesting to see who the voters think is the CHL’s Most Outstanding Goaltender.

The five finalists are Fort Wayne’s Nick Boucher, Missouri’s Charlie Effinger, Evansville’s Bryan Gillis, Texas’ Mark Guggenberger and Wichita’s Adam Russo.  Voting is done by the 14 CHL Coaches, CHL Communication’s staffs and select media members from CHL markets.

Scott Brower Award (Most Outstanding Goaltender) Finalists

Nick Boucher (Fort Wayne)
Charlie Effinger (Missouri)
Bryan Gillis (Evansville)
Mark Guggenberger (Texas)
Adam Russo (Wichita)

Boucher has been very consistent all season and very well may be the Komets Most Valuable Player.  Boucher is tops in the league with 29 wins and is carrying an overall record of 29-11-3.  His three shutouts are tied for the most in the league and his 2.51 goals against average is fourth in the league.

Boucher has slowed a bit losing four of his last seven decisions going 3-2-2 over that stretch.  The veteran was voted as the starting goaltender for the CHL All-Star team that defeated the Arizona Sundogs in mid-January at the CHL All-Star Game.  The start to his season was unreal where he went 18-4-1 through the first half of the season.

Effinger has been a workhorse for the Mavericks starting 28 straight games currently and sitting with a 28-14-4 record with a 2.64 goals against average and a .923 save percentage (second in the CHL).  He leads the league in minutes played (2728:20) and total saves (1448). 

The third-year pro had a rough November going 2-5-1 but he started the year with a 5-0-1 mark and over his last 31 decisions is 20-8-3.

Gillis has had a great rookie season and is one of the finalists for the Rookie of the Year award.  He is 25-6-1 on the season with a .246 goals against average and a .922 save percentage helping the IceMen to the top of the Turner Conference.

In the month of January, Gillis had one of the best months on CHL history winning all 10 of his starts allowing just 12 goals.  The first-year goalie is 18-3-0 since January 1.

Guggenberger has been solid all season and in the month of February turned in several great performances including setting a new CHL record for scoreless minutes with three straight shutouts.  The rookie made 35 saves on 36 shots and was the winning goalie at the CHL All-Star Game in January and was named the 50/50 Central CHL Rookie of the Month for February and the Sher-Wood/CHL Goaltender of the Month for February.

On the season, Guggenberger is 21-6-3 with a league best 1.96 goals against average and a .923 save percentage (tied for second in the CHL).  The first-year player has allowed two goals or fewer in 21 of 33 games this season.

Russo has been one of the top netminders all season showing remarkable consistency.  He is 25-10-2 with a 2.62 goals against average on the season and his three shutouts are tied for the most in the league. 

The first half of the season saw Russo go 14-4-1 and since he has stayed sharp for the first place Thunder going 11-6-1 since January 1.

The winner of the CHL’s Most Outstanding Goaltender award will be announced later in the month.




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