At the start of November, the Estevan Bruins had a three way race for their starting goalie job. By the end of the month, rookie Grant Boldt had separated himself from the pack, and the rest of the SJHL took notice.
Boldt was named the SJHL's rookie of the month for November after going 4-5 in nine starts, appearing in ten of the Bruins 14 games in the month. He posted a 2.63 GAA and a .907 save percentage, leading the Bruins in both categories.
"He's a young kid coming in and working hard every day," said Bruins assistant coach Jeff Smith. "Day in, day out, he's put the extra work in before practice and after. He's doing well and hopefully he continues to climb."
A native of Detroit Lakes, Minneosta, Boldt has an overall record of 7-9 on the year with a .911 sve percentage and a 2.57 GAA, good for fourth in the SJHL. With the trade of Jake Anthony to the SIJHL's Dryden Ice Dogs, Boldt is now the Bruins de facto number one goalie.
Boldt's month of November included stopping 10 of 11 shooters in a shootout win over Kindersley on November 3, his first career shutout over the Melville Millionaires on November 16, and a 2-1 performance on a three-game stretch of a road trip.
On that road trip, Boldt posted a GAA of 1.66 and a save percentage of .945 in games against La Ronge, Flin Flon, and Melfort. The road trip was the most successful of the Bruins season so far.
Boldt and Kadin Killpatrick will now have command of the crease for the foreseeable future in Estevan, with Boldt manning the net for most of the games. He is the first Bruin to win rookie of the month for as long as the SJHL has handed out the honour.