Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that for the second week in a row the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week is awarded to Mark Visentin of the Niagara IceDogs. For the week ending February 13, Visentin posted a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.67 and save percentage of .973.
Visentin began his week on Wednesday night making 24 saves as first star of a 3-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs. On Friday night he earned his fourth shutout of the season with a 26-save performance as third star of a 7-0 win over the Barrie Colts. His third win of the week and sixth straight between the pipes came on Sunday afternoon with 21 saves in a 3-1 win over the Brampton Battalion where he also claimed first star honours.
Visentin, an 18-year-old from Waterdown, ON, currently holds the OHL’s best goals-against-average and save percentage at 2.18 and .927 respectively. The 2010 first round draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes is playing in his third OHL season with the IceDogs and was a member of Canada’s National Junior Team earning a silver medal at the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, New York.
Three-time award winner Darcy Kuemper of the Red Deer Rebels was also considered for the award after posting a 2-1-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.35 and save percentage of .960. Maxime Clermont of the Gatineau Olympiques also won two games in two starts earning a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .946.
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