Yet another CCHL talent is headed off to play Division I NCAA Hockey as goaltender Alexandre Savard-Belanger of the Ottawa Jr Senators will head to Canisius College next season and suit up for the Golden Griffins.
Alexandre Savard-Belanger (Ottawa Jr. Senators) has committed to Canisius College for 2015-2016
— Hockey Commitments (@hockeycommits)
The 21-year-old is currently in his third and final season with the Jr Senators where they are getting ready to square off against the Pembroke Lumber Kings in the CCHL Semi Finals. Savard-Belanger, who is listed at 5-11, 165 lbs isn’t your prototypical large frame goalie but he uses his size to his advantage. He is extremely athletic and has a broad upper body which allows him to cover more net than most goalies his size. His good edge work along with his ability to close his five-hole quickly make him extremely difficult to beat 1 on 1. He has also become known for his skating ability and knack to play the puck and move it up ice to teammates on the rush.
Before joining the junior ranks, Savard-Belanger attended Athol Murray College in Saskatchewan and played for the Notre Dame Argos of the SMHL during the 2010-11 season. The following year he would return to Ontario and finish his Midget career with the CIHA Voyageurs of the OEMHL where he posted a 2.94 GAA in 15 games played.
The Brossard, PQ native would crack the Jr Senators roster as an 18-year old during the 2012-13 season and serve as the teams back-up. He had an exceptional season in this role as he went 15-5-1-2 in 27 starts setting himself up for the starting role the following season. In year two he started 53 games and finished with a league best 32 wins and 4 shutouts. He would also go on to start 12 playoff games that year and pick up 7 wins with 1 shutout. This past season Savard-Belanger again led the league with wins as he finished the year with a 31-8-3-1 record, and picked up 4 shutouts. He is currently 4-0 in 4 playoff starts with 1 shutout and has only allowed 5 goals on 85 shots. His time so far in the CCHL has been nothing but remarkable.