Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holfeld named BCHL Player of the Week

Press Release

Victoria Grizzlies netminder Ryan Holfeld has been named the British Columbia Hockey League's Player of the Week for the week ending December 20th, the league announced Monday.

Holfeld picked up a pair of wins -- both shutouts -- in Victoria's recent four-game Interior Conference road trip. He kicked things off on Tuesday with a 35-save performance in the Grizzlies' 4-0 victory over the Merritt Centennials and followed that up one night later with 26 saves in a 4-0 win over the Salmon Arm SilverBacks. He wrapped up the trip with 23 saves in a loss to the Trail Smoke Eaters.

Overall, Holfeld stopped 84 of the 88 shots he faced last week, good for a 1.33 goal-against average and a .955 save-percentage. He was named the game's first star in his shutouts against the Centennials and SilverBacks. The 20-year old has posted a record of six wins and six losses since joining the Grizzlies from the USHL's Fargo Force.

Honourable mentions for the Player of the Week award included Prince George's Sam Muchalla, Vernon's Jonathan Milhouse, Penticton's Denver Manderson and Alberni Valley's David Dziurzynski.

(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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