Johansson named Star of Week

Kenai River Brown Bears goaltender Gustaf Johansson has been named the Combat Hockey West Division Star of the Week for the second time this season.

Johansson, 19, was in goal for both games this weekend as Kenai River took both games from the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

On Friday, Johansson, who is from Uppsala, Sweden, made 32 saves in a 4-3 win. The next night, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound goalie made 30 saves in a 2-0 win.

Johansson saved 62 of 65 shots against the Ice Dogs, who are fifth in the league with 85 goals. His three shutouts put him tied for second in the North American Hockey League.

“I thought Gustaf was instrumental in the sweep, which was the first for our club at home against Fairbanks,” Brown Bears coach Oliver David said in a released statement. “Shutting out a team like Fairbanks is never easy. He is as solid and composed as goalies come. He is a goalie that accepts the challenge of being the No. 1 guy every night and his game is as strong mentally as it is physically and technically.”

The Bears play the Ice Dogs Dec. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Fairbanks.

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