Peyton Jones named to Mike Richter Award watch list

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Sophomore goaltender Peyton Jones joins 19 others as part of a 20 man watch list for the 2017-18 Mike Richter Award as announced by Let’s Play Hockey and the Herb Brooks Foundation earlier Thursday afternoon.

The Mike Richter Award is in its fifth season and is presented to the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey.

Jones is joined by two other Big Ten goalies in Minnesota’s Eric Schierhorn and Wisconsin’s Kyle Hayton who was a finalist for the award in 2015 back with St. Lawrence. Also on the list is 2016-17 winner Tanner Jaillet from the University of Denver and another 2016-17 finalist Michael Bitzer from Bemidji State.

Jones started in 36 games last season posting a 23-10-2 record with a .904 save percentage and a 2.60 goals against average while making 884 saves. His 36 games played, 23 wins and 884 saves are all single-season Penn State records.

Jones was also named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention and a member of the All-Freshman Team during his first season in Hockey Valley. Jones helped lead Penn State to it’s first-ever Big Ten tournament championship last season and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Jones had a career-high 51 saves in a 2-1 championship game victory over Wisconsin.

Last Updated October 06, 2017