CALGARY, AB. - The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is defenceman Tyson Barrie of the Kelowna Rockets.
Barrie picked up seven points, scoring two goals and five assists to go with a +2 rating in four games over the last week, helping the Rockets push a game seven in the 2010 Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Quarter-Finals series against the Everett Silvertips.
With the Rockets down 2-0 to the Everett Silvertips in their opening playoff round, the series shifted back to Kelowna for games three and four. On Tuesday, March 23rd, in game three, Barrie collected a trio of assists as the Rockets defeated the ‘Tips 5-3. The next night, Wednesday, March 24th, Barrie picked up two assists as the Rockets won game four 5-4 in double over-time to even the series at 2-2. On Friday, March 26th the Silvertips’ took game five at the Comcast Arena in Everett 4-0 to take a 3-2 series lead over the Rockets. Game six of the series was back at Prospera Place in Kelowna on Saturday, March 27th. Barrie scored twice to lead the Rockets to a 5-4 victory and extend the series to a seventh game; he was also named the games 1st.
Game seven of the 2010 Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Quarter-Finals series between the Kelowna Rockets and Everett Silvertips is on Monday, March 29th at the Comcast Arena in Everett at 7:05pm PT. For ticket information visit www.whl.ca/tickets.
Barrie, an 18 year old from Victoria, British Columbia, is currently playing his third season with the Rockets after being selected by Kelowna in the first round of the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft. The recently named WHL Western Conference nominee for WHL Defenceman of the Year and First Team All-Star, Barrie accumulated 72 points (19 goals, 53 assists) in 63 regular season games this year.
The WHL has also nominated Tyler Bunz of the Medicine Hat Tigers for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Bunz posted an outstanding 4-0-0-0 record this past week to the lead the Tigers to a 4-2 series win in their opening round playoff series against the Kootenay Ice. He stopping 95 of 100 shots faced for a 1.250 goals-against average and 0.950 save percentage. Bunz, an 18 year old from St. Albert, Alberta, is in his second WHL season and finished the year with a 31-19-3-2 record. In NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings Bunz was listed 14th among North American Goalies leading up to the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
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