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Barrie goalie Mathias Niederberger (pictured) will be squaring off against Belleville netminder Malcolm Subban during the OHL's Eastern Conference final.

Barrie goalie Mathias Niederberger (pictured) will be squaring off against Belleville netminder Malcolm Subban during the OHL's Eastern Conference final.

Barrie Colts netminder Mathias Niederberger has been nominated for the Ontario Hockey League’s top goalie award.

The 20-year-old native of Dusseldorf, Germany finished the regular season with a record of 35-12-3. He had a 2.34 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.

In the playoffs this year, Niederberger had 10-1 record heading into last night’s game against Belleville, to go along with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage.

Niederberger, who is in his second season with the Colts, is up against Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack, John Gibson of the Kitchener Rangers, Matej Machovsky of the Brampton Battalion, Malcolm Subban of the Belleville Bulls and Jake Paterson of the Saginaw Spirit.

Michael Houser of the London Knights won the OHL’s top goalie last season.

Two Barrie Colts netminders have won the award in the past.

Paulo Colaiacovo won the trophy in 2003-04 after posting a 24-21-12 record. He most recently played with the Bloomington Prairie Thunder of the International Hockey League.

Brian Finley won the award in 1998-99. He had a 36-10-4 record that season, a 2.66 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

Finley, a Sault Ste. Marie native who was a sixth overall pick of the Nashville Predators in 1999, is now retired from professional hockey.

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