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North's Bryce Kamenick: Pipe Protector

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EC North Junior Goalie Bryce Kamenick EC North Junior Goalie Bryce Kamenick
EC North Head Coach Jordan Fish EC North Head Coach Jordan Fish

Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Nobody in Wisconsin high school hockey has as many saves this season as Eau Claire North's Bryce Kamenick. But the junior goalie is providing much more than statistics for the Huskies program.

"I don't' really like to look at the shots and saves, but I like to look at the save percentage," says Kamenick. "The saves don't really matter to me. I mean it's fun to see that many shots. Because I've been on the other side of the rink where I've seen five or six shots, and that's not

Fun hasn't been a problem for Kamenick this season. He has stopped 1,158 shots on goal, over two-hundred clear of his closest competitor. 

"He wants that challenge, he wants the best teams, he wants every start. He gets upset if we take him out. He wants to be in that net for every game," says North head coach Jordan Fish.

In his three-year career, Kamenick has well over three-thousand saves, seeing a shot ever minute of ice time. Despite the barrage of blasts, Kamenick has a save percentage over .900.

"The talent is there, obviously, and he has great size for the prototypical goalie," says Fish. "But it's something that is extremely mental. You see a lot at the high school level, a kid will let in a weak goal in, let two goals in, and that kid will be lost for the entire game. But Bryce isn't. He's just focused and that's just something that is internal, that you can't teach. And he's just developed that on his own"

Because the WIAA does not keep regular season records, there is no way of knowing where Kamenick's special season ranks all-time. But Bryce isn't concerned about his place in the record books, as long as he's helping the Huskies improve.

"When I was a little kid, I wanted to be that Husky. And just seeing the program be so hurt and having to rebuild, I just wanted to be part of that rebuilding so when there's another kid growing up, they can be a Husky," says Kamenick.

Coach Fish says Kamenick has been a big part in helping to rebuild the North program.

"That's a scary thought, where we'd be without him," adds Fish. "From the saves standpoint and how he plays in net, that's one thing. But it's also what he means to our team off the ice too. Obviously we've struggled these last couple of years, in all three years that he's been here. But never once did I see him get down on a teammate, yell at a teammate, blame a teammate, which is easy to do. He's the first guy to take the blame, put everything on his shoulders."
 

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