Former UMass Lowell River Hawk standout goaltender and current backup goaltender for the National Hockey League‘s Nashville Predators Carter Hutton may have made the save of the year on Tuesday night.
Hutton is forced to reach back and defend his net with his stick to keep the Predators ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3 with around three minutes remaining in the game.
The Thunder Bay, Ontario native’s save was the second outstanding save he has made over the past 12 months after his save of the year candidate last season.
Nashville would go on to defeat the Maple Leafs by a score of 4-3. Hutton picked up the win and improved to 4-4-4 this season with a single shutout, 2.72 goals-against average and .900 save percentage. The 29-year-old net-minder has been filling in for the injured Pekka Rinne since before the NHL All-Star break.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Hutton spent four seasons from 2006-10 with UMass Lowell of Hockey East in Division I NCAA hockey. The standout goaltender finished his collegiate career with 2.33 GAA, .913 save percentage and 10 shutouts, all UMass Lowell records at the time.