Bowling Green’s Chris Nell became the national leader in save percentage Friday night.
The sophomore made 25 saves in a 6-2 win over Alaska-Anchorage in the Ice Arena, giving him a .943 save percentage in 22 games this season.
Nell passed North Dakota sophomore Cam Johnson for the lead in the statistic.
Johnson stopped just 8 of 12 shots in 30:57 during a 5-5 tie Friday against Colorado College. Johnson and Nebraska-Omaha freshman Evan Weninger are tied for second at .942. No other goalies are at .940 or better.
A goalie’s save percentage is like a baseball player’s batting average. If a goalie stops nine out of 10 shots, their save percentage is .900.
Johnson still leads the nation in goals-against average at 1.45, just ahead of Nell at 1.46 and Quinnipiac senior Michael Garteig at 1.49.
Nell has started 21 of BG’s 27 games, posting an 11-4-5 record. He’s allowed two or fewer goals in 10 straight games.
Nell, who stopped 47 of 51 shots in BG’s sweep, leads the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in both categories.
In league games only, Nell leads the WCHA with a 1.43 goals-against and a .944 save percentage.