Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Guggenberger is Goalie of the Week

Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Mark Guggenberger of the Kelowna Rockets is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending April 26. Guggenberger posted a 2-1-0-0 record with two shutouts and a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .952. He allowed just three goals on 63 shots in three games.

On Tuesday night Guggenberger made 21 saves as the Rockets dropped a 3-2 decision to the Vancouver Giants in game three of the WHL Western Conference Championship Series. Trailing 2-1 in the series, Guggenberger rebounded with a 3-0 shutout win in Kelowna Thursday night to tie the series. He made 14 saves and was named third star of the game. Back in Vancouver Saturday night for game five, Guggenberger and the Rockets closed the door again on the Giants offense with a 1-0 shutout win where he made 25 saves to grab a 3-2 series lead. The Rockets finished the series with a 5-4 overtime win Monday of this week and will now face the Calgary Hitmen for the Ed Chynoweth Cup.

Guggenberger, a 20-year-old from Richfield, Minnesota, is in his second full WHL season. He posted a 17-3-1-2 record after joining the Rockets from the Swift Current Broncos midway through the season. In 16 playoff games he has posted a record of 12-3-1-0 with a 2.21 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage with two shutouts.

Also considered for the second straight week from the QMJHL is Marco Cousineau of the Drummondville Voltigeurs. With a goals-against-average of 3.00 and a save percentage of .867, he maintained his perfect playoff record with two wins to sweep the Rimouski Oceanic in four games to advance his club to the QMJHL finals to compete for the President Cup against the Shawinigan Cataractes. Also considered for the second straight week is the OHL’s Andrew Engelage of the Windsor Spitfires. He made 80 saves in two overtime wins with a 3.20 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage to help advance his club to the Rogers OHL Championship Series for the J. Ross Robertson Cup where they will face the Brampton Battalion.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at

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