It would be fair to say that Denver Cutthroats goaltender and Colorado Avalanche prospect Kent Patterson had a decent month of December.
The 23-year-old netminder went 6-1-1 in the final frame of 2012, posting a 1.85 goals against average and a .943 save percentage on his way to dominating all comers in the Central Hockey League.
Despite being passed over for a temporary reassignment to the Lake Erie Monsters – partner in crime Kieran Millan received that honor – Patterson was named not only the CHL’s third star for December, but also both Goaltender and Rookie of the Month.
Through 20 games, Patterson is 10-6-2-1 with a save percentage of .915 and a goals against average of 2.81. This places him ninth overall in the league.
Patterson’s stats are as impressive as his clutch performances, helping thrust his club into a competitive striking point at third place in the CHL at essentially the halfway point of the season. From here, both goalkeepers will be called upon to carry Denver through and into the playoffs, as every game matters most through the end of the season.
Patterson and Millan have developed quite a winning system in Denver, tackling the challenges that come with a first professional season with nothing but the utmost ambition and dedication. They are both reliable back-stoppers for the Fish and play are keystones in the club’s early success. Patterson certainly knows that his game is adapting.
“I feel like it’s improved a lot since the first game. Rebound control has been a lot better. I’m just seeing pucks and reading plays and adjusting to how fast shooters are and the plays that are made in this league. I think I’ve adjusted well and I’ve been playing well the past couple of games I’ve started,” said Patterson after a pre-Christmas victory.
The crucial point from here on out is how both goaltenders handle the stress of a playoff stretch as well as the longevity of a season in the CHL. Mental fortitude and a positive attitude will carry the young players far in their careers and, with a little help from the rest of the team, Denver could surprise a few people in the postseason.
Millan received one start while with the Monsters, a 4-0 loss. He is ranked fifth overall in the CHL with an 8-6-2-2 record, a goal against average of 2.36, and a save percentage of .929.
The Cutthroats are in the midst of nearly a month-long road trip.
What do you think of these honors? How do you feel that Patterson is coming along?