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Christopoulos earns goalie award

Having already played as many games as he did last season and looking on pace to shatter his NCAA career numbers from two seasons ago, Alberni Valley Bullogs alum Billy Christopoulos is rewarding his team with outstanding goaltending.

The native of Raleigh, N.C. went 5-2-1 in October for the Air Force Academy Falcons and was named the Atlantic Hockey Association goalie of the month. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound netminder also has a .925 save percentage and a 2.12 goals-against average. He’s played every minute of the Falcons’ season so far.

Backing up Falcons starter Shane Starrett the last two seasons, Christopoulos played 10 games in 2015-16 and eight games last season. He should far exceed this season the minutes played he’s accumulated the last two campaigns.

Christopoulos played just one BCHL season in Alberni Valley, posting a 22-22-1 mark for the Bulldogs. Now in his junior season at Air Force, he’s been assigned the starter’s role and is thriving with the workload. He’s topped 30 saves in two games, wins over Alaska and Arizona State, and gave up more than three goals just once in the month.