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Knoxville’s Austyn Roudebush named Warrior Hockey/SPHL Player of the Week


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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (March 16, 2021) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced that goaltender Austyn Roudebush of the Knoxville Ice Bears has been named the Warrior Hockey/SPHL Player of the Week for March 8-14, becoming the first player in SPHL history to win the award three consecutive weeks.

Roudebush helped Knoxville extend their winning streak to a season-high eight games, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 0.97 goals against average and a 0.973 save percentage.

On Friday, the Toledo, OH native stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 5-1 home win over Huntsville. The Ice Bears then traveled to Pensacola where Roudebush made 32 saves, including 17 in the first period alone, in Knoxville’s 2-1 win over the Ice Flyers on Saturday. Roudebush closed out the week by stopping 48 of 49 shots and all five shootout attempts in a 2-1 win over the Ice Flyers, who outshot Knoxville 49-18 for the game.

Since signing with Knoxville on February 25, Roudebush is 8-0-0 with two shutouts, posting a 0.87 goals against average and a 0.970 save percentage, having given up one goal or less in seven of his eight appearances.

Also nominated: Logan Nelson, Birmingham (3 gp, 3g, 2a, 3 ppg, gwg), Matthew Barnaby, Huntsville (2 gp, 1g, 1a), Jason Tackett, Macon (2 gp, 1g, 3a) and Jake Wahlin, Pensacola (2 gp, 1g)

(Photo credit – Knoxville Ice Bears/Michael King)

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The only other times one player won back-to-back Player of the Week honors was Knoxville's Mike Tuomi in October of 2006 and Knoxville's Kevin Swider in January of 2006.

I'm detecting a theme here.

A tip o' the hat to Mark Atnip for pointing that out.

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Ice Bears goaltender sets SPHL record
By Rick Russo | WVLT-TV Ch. 8

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For the third straight week – an SPHL Record – Austyn Roudebush is the player of the week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced that goaltender Austyn Roudebush of the Knoxville Ice Bears has been named the Warrior Hockey/SPHL Player of the Week for March 8-14, becoming the first player in SPHL history to win the award three consecutive weeks.

Read more: https://www.wvlt.tv/2021/03/16/ice-bears-goaltender-sets-sphl-record/

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  • 3 weeks later...

Toledo native Roudebush determined to break through as pro goalie
By Mark Monroe | The Toledo Blade

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A hungry goaltender with a relentless drive to prove himself, Toledo native Austyn Roudebush has no plans to stop his pursuit of playing at the highest levels of pro hockey.

Roudebush, a 2011 Whitmer graduate, earned a long-awaited call-up to the ECHL last week. The promotion came on the heels of a remarkable stretch of success between the pipes with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

The 6-foot-3 and 220-pound goaltender became the first player in the history of the SPHL to win the league's player of the week award for three consecutive weeks.

Roudebush posted a 3-0-0 record with a 0.97 goals-against average and a .973 save percentage for Knoxville in the third week of March.

Read more at: https://www.toledoblade.com/sports/pro/2021/03/31/toledo-native-Roudebush-determined-to-break-through-as-pro-goalie/stories/20210330114

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