A Vees alumni and University of Quinnipiac netminder Yaniv Perets was spotted on the watch list for the Mike Richter Award, which was announced on Thursday and is given annually to college hockey’s top goaltender.
Perets, 21, has gotten into 13 games during his second season at Quinnipiac and is having a season to remember, posting 11 wins along with a 0.74 goals against average and a .954 save percentage with eight shutouts for the Bobcats this season, which ranks second amongst all goaltenders in the nation.
Perets has allowed in just one goal in the third period this season, a combined stretch of 13 periods of play.
In 37 regular season games with the Vees during the 2019/20 season, the Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec native played to a 2.19 GAA and .918 SV% with five shutouts while also spending part of the 2020 season in Penticton, playing with the Vees during the four-team Okanagan Cup tournament.
Perets is one of four BCHL alumni who are in the running for the award, joining University of Connecticut goaltender Darion Hanson (Vernon Vipers), Norte Dame’s Matthew Galajda (Victoria Grizzlies) and Bentley University’s Evan DeBrouwer (Prince George Spruce Kings & Nanaimo Clippers).
Former Vee and current Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Jack LaFontaine won the award last season, becoming the first Vees alumni and BCHL alum to receive the Mike Richter Award.
The list will be cut down to 15 players with the next two weeks by a voting committee, with the winner being announce in April at the Frozen Four Tournament in Boston.