WCHA Top Shelf Moments from 2016-17
Moment #6: Kapelmaster Stands Tall
Few goaltending efforts have been as remarkable as the performance put forth by Ferris State freshman Justin Kapelmaster on Dec. 30, 2016 at the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh.

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Moment #6: Kapelmaster Stands Tall

There have been several outstanding goaltending efforts in the storied 65-year history of the WCHA. By statistical measures, few have been as remarkable as the performance put forth by Ferris State freshman Justin Kapelmaster on Dec. 30, 2016 at the Three Rivers Classic in Pittsburgh.

Making just his seventh collegiate start (in his eighth NCAA game) and facing a Boston College team that finished the season ranked 12th nationally in scoring, the native of Coral Springs, Fla. was simply sensational. While guiding the Bulldogs to a 1-1 tie with the then-No. 6/5 Eagles, Kapelmaster stopped 58-of-59 shots – a saves total that is tied for the 22nd-best single-game output in WCHA history, while tying for the seventh-best effort ever for a rookie.

Under siege nearly the entire night, Kapelmaster averaged a save per minute over the first two periods, collecting 40 stops as Ferris State nursed a 1-0 lead into the second intermission. The rookie kept the shutout going for another 15:13, until Boston College finally broke through to tie the contest on a power-play goal. Undeterred, Kapelmaster finished off a 15-save third period, before turning aside all three BC shots in overtime, to preserve the tie.

Kapelmaster's gem came on NHL ice (the Three Rivers Classic was played at PPG Paints Arena, home of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins) and was part of an overall excellent freshman campaign. He was tabbed as the goaltender on the College Hockey News All-Rookie Team after ranking fifth nationally (second among NCAA rookies) with a .930 save percentage and 10th with a .676 winning mark (10-4-3) and 17th with a 2.22 goals-against average in 19 games (17 starts). Kaplemaster earned Third Team All-WCHA honors, finishing second among league netminders with a .924 save percentage and a .714 winning percentage (9-3-2) in 16 games (14 starts).

Most Saves, Single Game - WCHA History
Rank Saves Goaltender, Team (Opponent) Date
1. 76 Carmine Guerriero, Alabama Huntsville (at Michigan Tech) 03/13/2015
2. 75 Kirk Daubenspeck, Wisconsin (at Colorado College) 03/08/1997
3. 73 *Ed Schiller, Michigan State (vs Denver) 02/06/1954
4. 72 *Eddie Mio, Colorado College (vs Wisconsin) 11/17/1972
Jeff Tscherne, Minnesota (at Michigan State) 03/14/1976
6. 68 Mark Kronholm, Notre Dame (vs Michigan State) 02/16/1973
7. 67 Bobby Goepfert, St. Cloud State (vs Minnesota Duluth) 03/11/2007
Sam Brittain, Denver (vs Minnesota Duluth) 03/16/2012
9. 64 *Dave Versical, Michigan State (vs Minnesota) 03/14/1976
10. 62 Jim Makey, Wisconsin (at Michigan State) 01/12/1973
Kirk Daubenspeck, Wisconsin (at Minnesota Duluth) 01/25/1997
Josh Johnson, Minnesota Duluth (at St. Cloud State) 03/11/2007
13. 61 Don Vaia, Minnesota (vs Michigan) 02/09/1957
Marty Wakelyn, Colorado College (vs North Dakota) 12/10/1983
*Carmine Guerriero, Alabama Huntsville (at Minnesota State) 02/15/2014
16. 60 Judd Lambert, Colorado College (vs Wisconsin) 03/08/1997
Mike Lee, St. Cloud State (at Minnesota Duluth) 03/12/2011
18. 59 Ron Clark, Michigan State (vs Notre Dame) 11/30/1974
*Dave Versical, Michigan State (vs Denver) 01/09/1976
Pat Tierney, Denver (vs North Dakota) 12/12/1983
*Rob Nolan, Michigan Tech (vs Wisconsin) 02/17/2006
22. 58 Kirk Daubenspeck, Wisconsin (vs Minnesota) 02/28/1997
*Kevin Genoe, Michigan Tech (vs Wisconsin) 02/26/2010
*Justin Kapelmaster, Ferris State (vs. Boston College) 12/30/2016
25. 57 *John DeCaro, Alaska Anchorage (at Minnesota) 02/11/2005
*Michael-Lee Teslak, Michigan Tech (vs Michigan State) 12/29/2005
Gordon Defiel, Lake Superior State (at Minnesota State) 03/12/2016
*Denotes freshman

"Top Shelf Moments" from the 2016-17 WCHA Season

12: Everybody Loves a Winner
11: Hats Off
10: Celebrating the 50th in Style
9: 20 x 4
8: The Next Level
7: Dufour's Hat Trick Heroics