Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson and goalie Landon Pavlisin keep the Fairbanks Ice Dogs from scoring Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Max Helgeson and goalie Landon Pavlisin keep the Fairbanks Ice Dogs from scoring Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Bears’ Pavlisin gets Midwest Division Star of Week

Kenai River Brown Bears goaltender Landon Pavlisin was named the Bauer Midwest Division Star of the Week on Monday by the North American Hockey League.

The Brown Bears swept the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in a three-game, weekend series, with Pavlisin, 20, getting the win in all three games. He was won 10 straight in net, just as the Bears have won 10 straight games to lead the Midwest Division by seven points. The 6-foot-0, 170-pound goaltender stopped 116 of 126 shots in the series and leads the NAHL with 16 wins. He put an exclamation mark on the performance by stopping all three Ice Dogs shooters in a Saturday night shootout victory.

“Landon was outstanding this weekend and made a number of timely saves,” said Kenai River head coach Kevin Murdock in a statement released by the NAHL. “He is a big reason for our team’s current winning streak and has given us a chance to stay in every game.”

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