Kenai River Brown Bears goalkeeper Landon Pavlisin keeps an eye on the action during a game against the Janesville Jets, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai River Brown Bears goalkeeper Landon Pavlisin keeps an eye on the action during a game against the Janesville Jets, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Brown Bears GK Pavlisin nets NAHL division star of week

Kenai River Brown Bears goalkeeper Landon Pavlisin was awarded the North American Hockey League Midwest division star of the week Tuesday by the league.

Pavlisin, 20, helped lead the Bears (7-3-1-2) to first place in the NAHL Midwest standings thanks to a big weekend against the Minnesota Magicians. Pavlisin stopped all but one of 68 shots on goal that the Magicians sent his way as the Bears picked up three out of a possible four points in the two games. Pavlisin, a native of Orange, California, recorded a 35-save shutout Friday, even though the Bears lost 1-0 in a shootout, then warded off 32 of 33 shots in a 2-1 overtime win on Saturday.

“In two low-scoring games he was a big reason why our team was able to get points out of both nights,” said Kenai River head coach Kevin Murdock in a press release. “He’s been a calming influence for us all season.”

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