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Jacob Fowler excels in the face of adversity

When you think of a good goalie, you think of a calm guy who doesn’t buckle under pressure. How many times have you seen Carey Price being pelted with pucks and showing no emotion, not even an ounce of stress? Often enough.

That’s the kind of quality Canadien prospect Jacob Fowler possesses. Even when things go wrong, he focuses on his game and it pays off.

Looking at the stats alone, there’s nothing to say about his game. He has an efficiency rate of .931, a goals-against average of 1.98 and 11 wins in 14 games.

However, some of his victories gave him a hard time. Marc Antoine Godin of Radio-Canada Sports recently caught up with the Canadiens’ third-round pick in 2023 and managed to get an inside look at Fowler’s Boston College team.

Fowler didn’t look good early on against the University of Connecticut on November 17. He allowed 4 goals on 16 shots after two periods of play. The score was 4-3 in favor of Connecticut.

His coach decided not to kick him out of the game, and it was the right thing to do. Fowler came out with a vengeance in the third period, stopping all shots to push his team to a 5-4 overtime victory.

The following day, he collected his first career shutout in another match against the University of Connecticut.

Here’s another example. His first NCAA game was against defending champions Quinnipiac. He helped his team win by giving up just one shot on 30 attempts.

Would you like another example? Fowler faced Michigan State and their goalie Trey Augustine on October 26 and 27. Augustine was drafted earlier than Fowler in the last NHL Entry Draft. On paper, Augustine should have been the winner of this duel.

In the end, Boston College won both games thanks to superb goaltending. In the second game of this mini-series, Fowler stopped 43 of 44 pucks.

Jacob Fowler has ice in his blood.

What’s even crazier is that Fowler’s NCAA stats are even better than his two USHL seasons.

It just goes to show that he’s not afraid to move up to another level, and that his ability to adapt is excellent. But he’s only just arrived at this new level, and we need to give him time to perfect his game.

In any case, he should have a new challenge during the holiday season, when he is expected to represent the United States at the World Junior Championship. Now it’s up to him to prove that he can be the Americans’ number one goalkeeper.

For now, there’s no doubt about it.

In a gust

– A completely crazy match.

– Great answer indeed!

– It would be cool to see the Lions with a special jersey!

– The new rule strikes again.

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