Ferris State Hockey's Justin Kapelmaster Tabbed WCHA Rookie Of Month For February

Justin Kapelmaster

Big Rapids, Mich. - Freshman goaltender Justin Kapelmaster was rewarded for a strong month of play as he was chosen as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Rookie of the Month for February as announced by the league office.

Kapelmaster helped spark a late charge by Ferris State, as the Bulldogs compiled a 4-1-1 mark in February to take the race for postseason home ice down to the final night. The freshman from Coral Springs, Fla., posted a 3-1-0 record, while compiling 97 saves, a 2.75 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage. 

He opened the month with 39 saves in a 3-2 road triumph at Michigan Tech, then backstopped the Bulldogs to a 2-1, series-opening victory over Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 17. Kapelmaster wrapped up the month with a 6-4 road win at Lake Superior State on the season's penultimate night, making 26 stops against the Lakers. 

The rookie tied for third among WCHA goaltenders with his three wins, an effort that garnered Kapelmaster his first career WCHA monthly award.

In addition to Kapelmaster's recognition, Bulldog senior forward Gerald Mayhew was one of two skaters who received honorable mention accolades for the WCHA Player of the Month distinction claimed by Northern Michigan goaltender Atte Tolvanen in February.

The Bulldogs will open postseason action this weekend (March 3-5) as FSU faces Bowling Green in WCHA First Round Playoff action in Ohio. Both Friday and Saturday's games of the best-of-three series along with Sunday's, if necessary, are slated for 7:07 p.m. (ET) starts.

All three games will be carried live by local flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM and can be found online via WCHA.TV along with FerrisStateBulldogs.com.