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USHL goaltender's diving stick stop is potential save of the year

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Colin DeAugustine makes one of the best saves of the year (via USHL/YouTube) Author: The Hockey News

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USHL goaltender's diving stick stop is potential save of the year

Jared Clinton
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19-year-old Colin DeAugustine, who plays for the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms, made one of the best stick saves you’ll probably ever see. He reached back and absolutely stole a goal from Waterloo, allowing his team to keep their 15-game win streak alive.

Colin DeAugustine isn’t currently committed to a school to play college hockey. The exposure he’s about to get for his save of the year candidate may very well change that.

DeAugustine, 19, plays for the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms and this past Friday in a game against the Waterloo Black Hawks, he made one of the most incredible stick saves you’ll see this season, next season and probably any season in the future:

Watch Waterloo’s Brock Boeser, No. 12, come into the frame on the third replay around the 23-second mark of the video. See him pointing to the net? He thinks the puck is in. He has every right to think so, too, because DeAugustine probably shouldn’t have stopped that puck.

Boeser wasn’t the only one fooled. You can hear the goal horn go off after Waterloo’s Nick Swaney has his shot stopped, and the crowd reaction behind DeAugustine on the first replay is amazing.

The save by DeAugustine came with less than a minute remaining in a 1-1 game. As things tend to go in hockey, Youngstown came right back down the ice and scored the game-winning goal, extending their winning streak to 15 games.

DeAugustine save was on of 29 on the evening, as he pushed his record to 19-6-0 with a 2.65 GAA and .907 SP. After the weekend, DeAugustine has a 2.77 GAA, .907 SP and 20-6-0 record.

The Phantoms followed Friday’s win with victories on Saturday and Sunday, and have now set the USHL Tier 1 record with 17-straight victories. It wouldn’t have been possible without DeAugustine’s save.

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USHL goaltender's diving stick stop is potential save of the year