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Chicago Cougars' Sam Burcal Shuts the Door and Earns Goalie of the Week Honors


#33 Goalie Sam Burcal | USPHL Midwest East Division Goalie of the Week
#33 Goalie Sam Burcal | USPHL Midwest East Division Goalie of the Week

BENSENVILLE, Ill.- In a moment of triumph for the Chicago Cougars Premier squad, goaltender Sam Burcal has been named the Midwest East Division Goalie of the Week, marking a significant milestone in his burgeoning career. The Countryside, Illinois native delivered an exceptional performance that not only secured his first junior shutout but also underscored his talents as a key player for the Cougars.


#33 Goalie Sam Burcal | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#33 Goalie Sam Burcal | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Burcal's standout achievement unfolded in a recent clash against Decatur, where he faced 27 shots with unwavering determination, stopping each attempt and earning his first shutout of the season. This remarkable feat has not only electrified the team but has also solidified Burcal's position as a pivotal asset in the net.


As a goaltender developed in the Indy Jr. Fuel system, Sam Burcal has seamlessly integrated into the Premier 2023-2024 season, showcasing the skills that earned him a spot in the Phase II USHL Combine in 2023. His recent accolade as Goalie of the Week is a testament to the impact he's making within the Midwest East Division.


A closer look at Burcal's season statistics reveals his significant contributions to the team's performance. With a record of 5 wins and 4 losses in 9 games played, he has proven to be a reliable presence in goal. Burcal's 499 minutes of playing time have seen him face 235 shots on goal, resulting in a commendable goals-against average (GAA) of 3.37. Meanwhile, his save percentage (SV%) of 0.881 reflects his knack for making critical saves and keeping the Cougars in the game.


#33 Goalie Sam Burcal | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#33 Goalie Sam Burcal | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

As the Chicago Cougars Premier team navigates the challenges of the season, Sam Burcal's stellar performances have become a driving force behind their success. The Goalie of the Week honor is a fitting recognition of his dedication and skill, and it further cements his role as a rising star within the USPHL Premier league.


Cougars fans can proudly anticipate more extraordinary moments from Sam Burcal as he continues to make waves in the USPHL.


Congratulations Sam on this well-deserved honor, and may it be the first of many more to come in his promising career with the Chicago Cougars!

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