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Helena goalie Buchholz makes NCAA commitment

June 7, 2022

The Helena Bighorns of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that goaltender Eric Buchholz has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for SUNY-Buffalo State.

Buchholz, 21, just completed his first season playing in the NA3HL and third season of junior hockey overall. The 5’11/160 lbs. native of Colorado Springs, CO, had an incredible first season in the NA3HL, posting a 24-2-2 record during the 2021-22 regular season, which included a 2.02 goals against average, which ranked 9th in the NA3HL and a .939 save percentage, which ranked tied for 2nd.

His regular season performance earned him a spot on the 2021-22 NA3HL All-Frontier Division team in addition to being named to the All-NA3HL 2nd Team.

Buchholz was selected to play in the 2022 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, but was unable to participate. 

In the Fraser Cup Playoffs, Buchholz was even better, posted a 6-1-1 record, which included two shutouts at the 2022 Fraser Cup Championship where he was also named to the All-Tournament Team.

Prior to playing junior hockey, Buchholz spent two seasons in the NAPHL playing for the Colorado Springs Tigers. He spent the 2017-18 season with the Tigers 16U team and the 2016-17 season with the Tigers 15U team.

Click here for an NA3HL college commitment list

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