(1090 The Fan) — With just one full week as a Seattle Thunderbird under him, goaltender Taran Kozun has turned heads by standing on his own.
After Seattle’s 3-2 shootout victory against Moose Jaw, Tuesday, Kozun is now 4-0 with two shutouts. Kozun, 19, went 3-0 with a 0.65 goals-against-average and a .977 save percentage last week in earning himself the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award.
Kozun was acquired from Kamloops on January 10th by Seattle general manager Russ Farwell in exchange for goalie Justin Myles. Kozun came over with a 5-19-2-1 record in 29 games with Kamloops. In just four starts with Seattle, Kozun is just one win shy of matching the total he posted with the Blazers. He credits joining a winning team as a major reason for his success.
“It’s awesome. Coming in here, I knew (Seattle) had a really good team and I just wanted to come in here and give the team a chance to win each and every night,” Kozun said.
One of the things Kozun is showing early on is an adept ability at playing the puck. That ability, coupled with his penchant for making big saves so far, has his defense confident in front of him.
“He’s been playing the puck great and making all the saves we need,” Seattle defenseman Shea Theodore said.
“Kozun has been playing great hockey,” said Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk. “You can see he’s excited, big saves…He eliminates a lot of shots against us because he plays the puck the so well. He’s been good for us.”
However, rather than ride the hot hand, Konowalchuk wants to stick with his rotation and will be turning to Danny Mumaugh for Friday’s game against Tri-City.
“Mumaugh needs to get back in there,” said Konowalchuk. “He started this streak off with two wins…He needs to get back in there.”
With two solid goalies now, Seattle looks to be in good shape as the playoffs near.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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