ADDISON, Ill.- In a month that witnessed stellar performances and remarkable saves, Johnny Augusta, goaltender for the Chicago Crush Elite, has emerged as the Midwest Division Goalie of the Month. Augusta's exceptional skills and unwavering determination have not only solidified his place as a key player for the first-year Crush Elite unit but have also propelled the squad to second place in the Midwest Elite standings.
The 18-year-old goalie, hailing from Medinah, Illinois, has proven to be a valuable addition to the Crush program. Augusta transitioned seamlessly from the Chicago Flames program, showcasing his talents between the pipes and making an immediate impact in the USPHL. Prior experience with the Chicago Bruins has undoubtedly contributed to his growth and development as a goaltender.
Throughout January, Augusta displayed a level of goaltending excellence that caught the attention of fans, teammates, and coaches alike. In three games played, he faced a barrage of 103 shots and managed to turn away an impressive 96 of them, boasting an outstanding save percentage of .932. His efforts translated into a 2-1-0-0 record for the month, with a remarkable 2.33 goals against average (GAA).
The significance of Augusta's contribution extends beyond individual accolades, as the Crush Elite has climbed to the second spot in the highly competitive Midwest Elite standings. His performances have instilled confidence in the team, creating a solid foundation for continued success as the season progresses.
Taking a broader look at the Elite 2023-2024 season, Augusta has been a consistent force in the net for the Crush. With 12 games played, he has secured seven victories while only suffering three losses. His cumulative statistics paint a picture of a reliable goaltender, amassing 705 minutes of playtime, facing 322 shots, and allowing only 30 goals, resulting in a season GAA of 2.55. Augusta's save percentage for the season stands at an impressive .915.
As Johnny Augusta receives the well-deserved honor of Midwest Division Goalie of the Month, the Chicago Crush Elite and their fans eagerly anticipate the continued excellence that he brings to the ice. Augusta's dedication, skill, and ability to rise to the occasion make him a formidable force in the USPHL, and the Crush Elite are fortunate to have him guarding their net.
From the entire Chicago Crush organization, congratulations, Johnny, on this significant achievement, and may your stellar performances continue to elevate the Crush to new heights in the remaining games of the season.