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Knapp rebounds from tough start for Mars hockey team

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Monday’s PIHL Class A semifinal against Westmont Hilltop didn’t start very well for Christian Knapp.

First, the PA announcer introduced him as Mars’ backup goaltender.

“That was a little embarrassing, but I can’t blame any goals on him,” said a laughing Knapp.  

Then Knapp allowed a goal 18 seconds into the game to J.J. Cavrak.

But Knapp has been one of the best goaltenders in the league all season, going 12-1-1 in the regular season with a 1.56 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. And he proved it the rest of the game.

Knapp stopped all 18 shots he faced after the first goal and helped the Planets (19-3-1) to a 4-1 win.

“They were really playing solid defense, keeping all the shots to the outside,” Knapp said. “A lot of the saves were a lot easier than they probably looked.”