CALGARY, AB. - The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is goaltender Andrew Hayes of the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Hayes posted a 2-0-0-0 record over the weekend with two shut-outs, stopping all 41 shots faced for a 0.000 goals-against average and 1.000 save percentage.
On Friday, September 25th, the Wheat Kings hosted the Swift Current Broncos for their home opener at Brandon’s Westman Communications Group Place. Hayes stopped all 16 shots faced as the Wheat Kings blanked the Broncos 3-0 in front of 5,300 fans, and was named the games 3rd Star. The following evening, Saturday, September 26th, the Wheaties were in Moose Jaw to take on the Warriors at the Civic Centre. Hayes turned away all 25 shots as the Wheat Kings shut-out the Warriors 4-0. He was also named the games 1st Star.
Andrew Hayes and the Brandon Wheat Kings now stretch their win streak to three games, all of which were won by form of the shut-out, outscoring their opponents 10-0. Hayes is now approaching two 41 year old WHL records with his remarkable streak; the WHL’s longest shutout string by a goaltender in games is four and the WHL’s longest shutout string by a goaltender in minutes is 265 minutes, 13 seconds. Both records are held by Chris Worthy and were set with the Flin Flon Bombers on January 13th, 1968.
Hayes, a 19 year old from Sherwood Park, Alberta, is entering his third season with the Brandon Wheat Kings. He was selected in the 3rd round of the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft and has since appeared in 69 games over the past two WHL seasons earning a 2.85 goals against average.
The WHL has also nominated Andrew Hayes for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award.
Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 17 – Sept. 20: Tyler Fiddler, Calgary Hitmen
Sept. 21 – Sept. 27: Andrew Hayes, Brandon Wheat Kings
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