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Crusaders' Lehr to join Bethel

Hudson Crusaders' goaltender Josh Lehr will play his last game for the team on Sunday, Dec. 5, at home against the Minnesota Owls before joining the Bethel University hockey team after the Christmas break.

Sunday's game time is 6:10 p.m. at Gornick Arena.

In 15 games with the Crusaders this season the 20-year-old Lehr, an Appleton native, has a record of 5-10 with a 3.35 goals against average, .896 save percentage and one shutout.

Crusaders' general manager Harry Urschel commended Lehr for moving on to the college level.

"These moments are why the Crusaders' organization is part of the MNJHL and the hockey community," he said in a statement on the team's website. "We invite all of our friends and supporters to join in congratulating Josh on his promotion."

A portion of the admission donations to Sunday's game will be used to start a college fund for Lehr.

Lehr earned the victory in his latest game with the Crusaders, a 4-2 win over the Granite City Lumberjacks last Saturday at Gornick Arena. He stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced as Granite City outshot Hudson 37-19. Dylan Dock, Christian Kalupy, Clint Kimps and Ivan Pavlenko each had a goal in the victory.

One night earlier, the Crusaders dropped a 4-3 decision to the Minnesota Flying Aces in Little Falls, Minn. Tim Heilman had two goals in the loss and Jacob Moore had one while goaltender Justin Gortman finished with 18 saves.

The Crusaders currently have a record of 10-11-0-2 in the MNJHL, tied for fourth place with the Minnesota Owls, who they face Sunday in Lehr's final game.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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