San Jose, CA (NNCNOW.com) --- Former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) goaltender Alex Stalock will make his first-ever start in the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday night for the San Jose Sharks, the team announced on Monday afternoon.
Stalock has come on the past two games in relief of starter Antti Niemi, stopping all 26 shots he faced in those two contests as both ended in a loss for the Sharks.
The South St. Paul, Minn. native and NHL rookie will now get a chance to play the entire game, that after he went (12-5-2) with a 1.87 goals against average and .932 saves percentage in the regular season for San Jose.
Stalock played for UMD from 2006-09 and is still the program's all-time leader in both saves percentage and goals against average. He also led the Bulldogs to a WCHA Final Five tournament title and NCAA tournament appearance in 2009.
He and San Jose lead Los Angeles 3-2 in the best-of-seven first-round series, with Monday's game six scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. CT at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.