Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The UMD Bulldogs became the first team ever to win three games at the WCHA Final Five tournament in March 2009.
That team was led by the tournament's MVP, junior goaltender Alex Stalock, who recorded all three wins, two of them shutouts, and turned away 90 shots.
"He's been the backbone of our team, definitely a leader for us," UMD senior MacGregor Sharp said during that 2009 tournament. "Just having him back there every game gives us a chance to win."
"It starts in the net and works its way out," Stalock said in 2009. "They have confidence in me and I have confidence in them. It's a two-way street."
"Whether he's playing ping pong or playing in goal, he wants to win," UMD head coach Scott Sandelin said in 2009, "and that's what makes him Alex."
After his breakout junior season, Stalock left UMD to sign with the San Jose Sharks, who took him in the fourth round of the 2005 draft.
After one and a half seasons playing for the Worcester Sharks in the AHL, Stalock made his NHL debut and earned his first win on February 1, coming on in relief of starter Antti Niemi.
"I did flip it on. It was exciting to see him out there," UMD senior captain Mike Montgomery said last week. "Right when I turned it on, actually, he was taking a breakaway from one of the Phoenix guys, but it was fun to see one of the guys there."
"It's the same way he played here," Sandelin said of Stalock's NHL debut. "He didn't get tested too much, but made the saves he had to, and he still plays the puck well. I don't think there was a lot of pressure for him to come on in that game, but it was nice to see him get the win."
Posted by Zach Schneider