There have been plenty of players in the NAHL that have paid their junior hockey dues, and new Wichita Falls Wildcats goaltender Matt Leon is no exception. Leon, 19, began the season playing for Queen City in the 3HL, where he appeared in seven games, posting a 3-4-0 record with a 3.05 goals against average and a 92.3% save percentage.
Since his call up to the NAHL, Leon has been making the most of his opportunity, which included the Wildcats home games this past weekend against Corpus Christi. The Charlotte, North Carolina native allowed just one goal in two games, posted his first NAHL shutout and stopped 66 of a possible 67 shots during the weekend as Wichita Falls swept the Ice Rays. For the week, Leon posted a .50 goals against average and a 98.5% save percentage.
"It`s a great opportunity for Matthew to show that his performance last season in the NA3HL has made him ready for the next level of Junior hockey," said Queen City head coach Don Biggs. "Our program is excited that Matthew has gotten a chance to compete in the NAHL this season and it`s our goal to help as many players as we can get those same opportunities in the future . We wish him all the best for the remainder of the year."
So far in his three games in the NAHL with the Wildcats, Leon has allowed just three goals in three games and has a 97.0% save percentage.
“I think once Matt started to see some shots and make some saves at this level, he really started to gain some confidence,” said Wildcats head coach Paul Baxter. “The best part of his game may be the mental side. He has the ability to block out the bad and move onto the next save. It is something I think he has gained through his experience playing junior hockey in the 3HL."