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Hard Hat Award: Fedor Dushkin
Submitted By Kevin Noonan on Tuesday, February 05, 2013
This past weekend, the fifth-ranked Ohio Bobcats (22-7-3) traveled to Pennsylvania to take on NCAA Division I opponent, and former ACHA rival, Penn State. Friday night’s contest took place in Hershey, PA at the GIANT Center, home of the AHL’s Hershey Bears, while Saturday night’s matchup took place in State College, PA at the Penn State Ice Pavilion.

While the Bobcats fell to the Nittany Lions in each contest by finals of 6-1 and 5-3 respectively, the chance to compete with an NCAA program provides an invaluable experience.

Ohio, however, was close to knocking off Penn State in the second game, due to a much improved team performance. For the ‘Cats, the success started in net, which led us to select goaltender Fedor “Teddy” Dushkin as our Hard Hat Award winner for his excellent play on Saturday night. 

The final stat line indicates an excellent performance, however, the first few minutes didn’t go according to plan as Dushkin allowed two goals in just three shots.

“The first two [goals] kind of got me nervous, I thought it was going to end up as a blowout for me,” Dushkin said. “But I ended up picking myself up and just focused on each individual shot. After that, it was just kind of second nature to me.”

After allowing the second goal, Dushkin managed to stop  47 of the final 49 shots he would see, bringing his save total to an impressive 48 of 52, good for a save percentage just over 92. Having a short memory was key for Dushkin’s ability to rebound.

“It’s important to let goals out of your mind after they go in.” Dushkin said. “For a goalie it’s crucial, if you don’t [forget], you’ll just keep thinking about it and you’ll keep letting goals in.”

Despite surrendering four goals, Dushkin’s effort was good enough to keep his team in the lead with just over 11 minutes to play in the final frame. Assistant Coach Jonathan Sheridan felt Dushkin’s effort was a big factor in keeping the ‘Cats hopes of an upset alive.

I think if you talk to a lot of the guys they would say he played well,” Sherdian said. “Obviously, when you come into a situation like that, you’re going to have the jitters, but after he got settled into the game he ended up making saves in the high forties, which is pretty remarkable for anyone.”

For Dushkin, playing against some familiar faces made it an exciting game from his perspective.

“It was a lot of fun,” Dushkin said. “I used to play with Tommy Olczyk back in the day in Chicago so it was good to get out with him. You know, those players are fantastic and I practiced with a lot of USHL guys in my last year of juniors so it was nice to experience that again, hopefully we’ll see them again next year.”

Ohio will return home this weekend as it hosts the Kent State Golden Flashes (4-27-0) in the last regular season home series of the year. This weekend is also Alumni Weekend, so we encourage all Ohio Hockey alumni to come out and support the ‘Cats!


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