BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Jan. 5, 2021 – Michigan Tech sophomore Blake Pietila has been named the national Goaltender of the Month for December by the Hockey Commissioner's Association the HCA announced Tuesday.
Pietila led the WCHA in save percentage during December. The Howell, Mich., native tied for the league wins lead with four and was second in the WCHA in goals-against average over the month at 1.52.
He was one of only two WCHA netminders with a shutout after a 31-save effort at Bemidji State on Dec. 13. His 43 saves against Minnesota State on Dec. 6 was the top total for a league goaltender in December and stands as the eighth-most nationally this season.
The honor is the first for Pietila and the second national accolade for the WCHA this season. Alabama Huntsville's Tyrone Bronte received Rookie of the Month honors in November.
The HCA also recognized Quinnipiac senior forward Odeen Tufto as its Player of the Month and Denver freshman forward Carter Savoie as its Rookie of the Month.
Pietila and the Huskies return to the ice Jan. 8-9 in a two-game WCHA series at No. 4/4 Minnesota State.
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Men's League
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, among the most historic, tradition-rich and successful conferences in all of collegiate athletics, will mark its 69th season of men's competition in 2020-21. The 10-team NCAA Division I conference consists of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (Chargers), the University of Alaska Anchorage (Seawolves), the University of Alaska (Nanooks), Bemidji State University (Beavers), Bowling Green State University (Falcons), Ferris State University (Bulldogs), Lake Superior State University (Lakers), Michigan Technological University (Huskies), Minnesota State University (Mavericks) and Northern Michigan University (Wildcats). For more information, visit wcha.com.