Monday, 11.30.2015 / 5:15 pm CT
By Alex von Keudell
It is easy to forget this, but Kapelmaster was the last player to join the Wildcats’ roster. He arrived just days before training camp ended. He meshed with teammates exceptionally well and immediately became one of the team’s more vocal players. His leadership, his abilities and his confidence have allowed him to emerge as one of the NAHL’s top goaltenders.
He has backstopped the Wildcats throughout the campaign with incredible numbers. He has earned a 1.79 goals against average and a .932 save percentage, which has him ranked at third and second highest in the league, respectively. The team has won 14 of the 16 games which he has started.
Kapelmaster had a 27-save shutout against the Lone Star Brahmas last Wednesday, who had the best winning percentage in the NAHL going into that game. They had not been shut out at their own rink since February of 2014. He was also the biggest reason the Wildcats defeated the Jackalopes on Friday night, stopping 34 of 35 shots and denying all three bids in the shootout.
“He's been unbelievable for us all year. He allows us to play the up-tempo game that we like to play as a team,” Wildcats Assistant Coach Josh Nelson said. “It's very reassuring to have him in net for us when breakdowns do occur. His skill combined with his confidence will set him up to succeed at the next level.”
The Wildcats will have a rematch against the Lone Star Brahmas on Thursday, December 3rd at the Kay Yeager Coliseum at 7:05 pm CT.