Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hayes Named CHL Goaltender of the Week

Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Andrew Hayes of the Brandon Wheat Kings is the CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending September 27. Hayes was perfect in two starts making 41 saves to earn two shutout victories with a 0.000 goals-against-average and a save percentage of 1.000.

Hayes began his week making 16 saves as third star of the game Friday night when the Wheat Kings played host to the Swift Current Broncos in their home opener and emerged with a 3-0 win. He followed that up with a first star performance Saturday night in Moose Jaw with 25 saves to beat the Warriors 4-0. The Wheat Kings now carry a record of 3-1-0-0 with all three wins coming in the form of shutout victories by Hayes. He is approaching the WHL record for consecutive shutouts of four games currently held by Chris Worthy of the Flin Flon Bombers set in 1968.

Hayes, a 19-year-old from Sherwood Park, AB, is in his third WHL season with the Wheat Kings. In four games so far this season for the hosts of the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup, Hayes has posted a goals-against-average of 1.50 with a save percentage of .943. Last season he had a record of 30-11-2-1 with a 2.84 goals-against-average with a .901 save percentage and three shutouts.

Antoine Tardif of the undefeated Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL was also nominated for the award this week. He posted two wins with a goals-against-average of 0.96 and a save percentage of .961. First year goaltender Troy Passingham of the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires was also considered after winning three games with a goals-against-average of 2.13 and save percentage of .938.

(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

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