Ex-goalie Goehring rejoins Crunch as assistant coach

The Syracuse Crunch announced today that former goaltender Karl Goehring has been named the club’s assistant coach. He will join head coach Ross Yates and assistant coach Trent Cull behind the Crunch bench.

Goehring, 30, spent five seasons in a Crunch uniform from 2001-05 and 2007-08. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played by a goaltender (176), wins (78) and is tied for first all-time in shutouts (11). In addition, he ranks second all-time in goals against average (2.58), fourth in save percentage (.915) and holds the team record for the longest consecutive shutout streak (197:04).

Goehring also represented the Crunch as a member of the PlanetUSA team at the AHL All-Star Classic on January 28, 2003, where he finished tied with Marc Lamothe for best goaltender in the Skills Competition. In the 2007-08 Calder Cup Playoffs, Goehring backstopped the Crunch to Game 7 of the North Division Finals, appearing in all 13 playoff games over that stretch, going 7-6-0 with a 2.39 goals against average and .922 save percentage.

In the 2008-09 season, Goehring posted a record of 19-10-2 (2.60, .905) in 31 AHL appearances with the Manitoba Moose and San Antonio Rampage.

In eight professional seasons, Goehring has appeared in a combined 321 games with Syracuse, Dayton (ECHL), Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), San Antonio, Milwaukee, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Norfolk and Manitoba, going 139-125-35 with a 2.65 goals against average and .912 save percentage.

Goehring spent four years at the University of North Dakota (WCHA) before turning pro and is the Fighting Sioux’s all-time leader in wins (80) and shutouts (15). In addition, he ranks second all-time in games played by a goaltender (118) and third in goals against average (2.23) and save percentage (.918). He was a two-time First Team All-American (1997-98, 1999-00) and was a member of the school’s 1999-00 Division I National Championship team.

A native of Apple Valley, Minn., Goehring was originally signed by Columbus as a free agent on May 7, 2001.