CALGARY, AB. - The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is goaltender Drew Owsley of the Tri-City Americans.
Owsley posted a 3-0-0-1 record this past week, stopping 124 of 132 shots faced for a 1.970 goals-against average and 0.939 save percentage to help lead the Americans’ to a 4-2 series win over the Vancouver Giants in the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Championship.
With the Western Conference Final tied at 1-1, the Americans were in Vancouver to face the Giants for game three on Tuesday, April 20th. Owsley stopped 24 of 27 shots faced losing to the Giants 3-2 in over-time. In game four of the series, on Thursday, April 22nd in Vancouver, Owsley helped the Ams’ bounce back stopping 30 of 32 shots and was named the games 1st Star in the Americans 5-2 victory. With the series tied 2-2, game five was in Tri-City on Friday, April 23rd. Owsley stopped an incredible 40 of 41 shots and was named the games 1st star in the Americans 4-1 win. The Americans had a chance capture their franchise’s first Western Conference Championship on Sunday, April 25th at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. For the third straight game Owsley had a 1st Star performance, stopping 30 of 32 shots faced leading the Ams’ to a 5-2 win to take the series 4-2. He was also named the 2010 WHL Western Conference Championship Series MVP, as voted on by the media.
The Tri-City Americans will now face the Husky WHL Eastern Conference Champion Calgary Hitmen in the WHL Championship Series starting this Friday in Calgary. For ticket information visit www.whl.ca/tickets.
Owsley, a 19 year old (in his 18 year old season) from Lethbridge, Alberta, is currently playing his second season with the Tri-City Americans. He finished the regular season 5th among WHL goaltenders with a 2.51 GAA and posted a 33-11-1-1 record and was named to the WHL Western Conference 2nd All Star Team.
The WHL has also nominated Drew Owsley of the Tri-City Americans for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award.
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