TORONTO, Wednesday, March 3, 2010 – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Jake Allen of the Drummondville Voltigeurs is the CHL Goaltender of the Week for the second time this month.
For the week ending February 28, Allen went 4-0-0-0 with two shutout victories posting a goals-against-average of 0.500 and a save percentage of .980 while producing the second longest shutout streak in QMJHL history at 188 minutes and 47 seconds.
Allen’s shutout streak began after allowing a first period goal at 6:16 Wednesday night to the PEI Rocket in a game where he made 31 saves to earn a 3-1 victory. The streak continued with back-to-back shutouts including a 22 save performance Friday as second star of a 3-0 win over the Quebec Remparts, and a third star performance Saturday with 14 saves in a 7-0 win over the Gatineau Olympiques. The streak was ended by his former team the Montreal Juniors at 15:03 of the first period on Sunday falling short of the mark of 207 minutes and four seconds established by Mathieu Chouinard of the Shawinigan Cataractes in the 1997-98 season. Allen still made 33 saves to preserve the 4-1 win for the Voltigeurs who have now won 11 straight games.
Allen, a 19-year-old from Fredericton, NB, is playing in his third QMJHL season. The second round pick of the St. Louis Blues at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft has 15 wins in 18 starts this season for the Voltigeurs with a goals-against-average of 1.89 and save percentage of .930 for his new club.
Patrick Killeen of the OHL’s Brampton Battalion was strongly considered after winning three games including two shutout victories for a goals-against-average of 0.67 and save percentage of .972. Jeff Bosch of the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors also had a strong week winning three games with one shutout for a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .952.
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