Nathan Lieuwen (G)
Buffalo Sabres’ sixth-round selection (167th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Signed a three-year, entry-level NHL contract with Buffalo on May 5, 2012.
2012-13: Posted a 1-2-0 record with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in four AHL appearances with Rochester… Made 102 saves on 111 shots and finished with one shutout… Played the majority of the season with the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors, where he tabbed a 14-10-12 record to go along with a 2.93 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage… Totaled 728 saves on 806 shots and recorded one shutout in 27 ECHL games with Greenville… Missed the last nine games (4/05-4/21) of the regular season with an injury… Earned his first AHL win with a 39-save shutout at San Antonio on 3/24… Made 17 saves in his Amerks/AHL debut against Hershey on 2/17… Reassigned to Rochester by Buffalo (NHL) from Greenville 2/03… Made a season-high 39 saves against Wheeling on 12/28… Named the Reebok Hockey/ECHL Goaltender of the Week for period ending Dec. 16 after posting a 2-0-0 record with one shutout, a 0.50 goals-against average and a .983 save percentage in two starts… Recorded his first pro shutout, stopping all 26 shots in a 6-0 win at South Carolina on 12/11… Had a second four-game win streak from 1/05 to 1/21… Registered four straight wins between 10/28 and 11/07… Earned his first pro win with a 28-save effort in Greenville’s 6-5 shootout victory at Orlando on 10/28… Made 16 saves in his professional debut at Trenton on 10/12 (3-1 loss)... Assigned to the Greenville Road Warriors prior to the start of the season
2011-12: Closed out his junior career with the Kootenay Ice (WHL), posting a 27-20-8 record with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage… Set career-highs in all goaltending categories, including games played (57), minutes played (3,340), saves (1,483), goals-against average and save percentage… Ranked third and fifth among league goaltenders in goals-against average and save percentage, respectively… Tabbed his second consecutive three-shutout season and finished tied for sixth among WHL netminders… Placed ninth among WHL backstops in minutes played while ranking 11th in saves and wins… Appeared in four postseason games with the Ice, boasting a 0-4 record to go along with a 3.53 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage… Recorded his ninth career shutout at Calgary on 2/12… Set a new franchise record for the most wins by a goaltender with 85 career victories, surpassing the mark of 82 that was previously held by Taylor Dakers from 2003-07… 2010-11: Led the Kootenay Ice to the WHL Championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup… Was named WHL Playoffs Most Valuable Player… Posted a record of 16-2-1 with a 2.24 goals-against average, a .923 save percentage and three
shutouts in 19 playoff games… Led all WHL goaltenders in postseason wins, shutouts, GAA, saves… Made 50 saves in a 3-2 overtime win over Saskatoon to win Game 2 of the second round playoff series between the teams…
Notched his first career WHL playoff shutout on 3/30 at Moose Jaw before going on to post shutouts against
Saskatoon on 4/12 and Medicine Hat on 4/23… Set a franchise record for the most shutouts during one postseason… Went 33-16-1-3 with three shutouts, a 2.79 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage in 55 games during the regular season… Established a career-high with 33 wins… Ranked eighth among WHL goalies in wins, ninth in shutouts and goals-against average and 13th in save percentage… Played in his 100th WHL game vs. Edmonton on 1/18... Named the Kootenay Ice Scholastic Player of the Year for the second straight season… 2009-10: Went 10-10-0 with a 3.09 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage in 26 games with Kootenay of the WHL… Named the Kootenay Ice Scholastic Player of the Year… Also appeared in three playoff games for the Ice, making his WHL postseason debut on March 24, 2010 and stopping all six shots he faced in 26 minutes of relief action… 2008-09: Posted a record of 14-12-1 with a 2.95 goals-against average, a .885 save percentage and three shutouts for Kootenay (WHL)… Named to Team Cherry for the Home Hardware Top Prospects Game… Made 18 saves in a win over Prince Albert to record his first career WHL shutout on 10/17… 2007-08: Played in 13 games for Westside of the BCHL, going 9-2-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage… Went on to play three games with the WHL’s Kootenay Ice, posting a record of 1-1-1… Recorded his first WHL win in Kootenay’s 8-3 victory over Prince Albert on 1/25… INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Represented Team Canada as the starting goaltender at the 2008 U-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament in Slovakia, helping his country to a gold medal… Was part of Team Pacific at the 2007 U-17 championship in London, Ontario