The Edmonton Oilers announced that University of Alberta Golden Bears netminder Kurtis Mucha will dress as the back-up goaltender for the Oilers tonight, as they take on the Ottawa Senators at Rexall Place.
The Sherwood Park, Alberta native is doing his second tour of duty with an NHL team, after he filled in for the Boston Bruins during their practice in Edmonton earlier this season.
The 2013 CIS Goaltender of the Year has had another strong season between the pipes for the No.1 ranked team in the nation. He was named a Canada West Second Team All-Star on Tuesday after a regular season in which he recorded a 14-1-1 record, as well as the second-best goals against average (1.87) in the country. He also recorded three shutouts and a .909 save percentage this season.
Last season was a memorable one for Mucha, as he was awarded the CIS Goaltender of the Year award; became the first goaltender in Canada West history to be credited with a goal, and set a CIS record for consecutive shutouts with five. Mucha’s shutout streak (335.06 minutes) is the longest in modern-day play for the CIS, the WHL, and the NHL, including the modern-day NHL record of 332:01 set in 2003-04 by Brian Boucher of Phoenix, but it falls short of the NCAA record of 375:01.
Mucha and the Golden Bears are in the hunt for the Canada West conference title this weekend when they host the Calgary Dinos in a best-of-three series beginning Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in Clare Drake Arena. The Canada West championship team will advance to the CIS National Championship tournament, which begins March 20th in Saskatoon.