Kindersley's Justen Close continued his time in the starters net for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers this past weekend; this time making two more starts against some high ranked prospects playing with the Michigan Wolverines.
The University of Michigan's roster features four of the 2021 NHL Drafts top five picks, including Buffalo Sabres 1st overall pick Owen Power. Matty Beniers went to Seattle with the 2nd pick, Luke Hughes went 4th to join his brother Jack on the New Jersey Devils, and Kent Johnson was the 5th selection to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The weekend series ended up in a split for Close and the Gophers, though the first game of the weekend on Friday saw an amazing performance from the former Klippers star as he would backstop his team to a tight 2-1 overtime win.
The full highlight pack from Close is available below, but here he is stopping the 1st overall pick Owen Power to keep the game 0-0 in the second:
(Minnesota Gophers on YouTube)
Close made 26 saves in the win for his second of the year, and you can expect more on the local netminder as the season continues.