Monday, April 25, 2011

Walchuk contributes in clutch for Vipers, earn POW

Press Release

Vernon Vipers forward Dylan Walchuk has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 24, the league announced Monday.

Walchuk had points in each of the Vipers three road wins over the Spruce Grove Saints last week, helping the Snakes to their third consecutive Doyle Cup and another appearance in the RBC Cup national championships.

The McBride, B.C. product had three goals and an assist in four games including both regulation goals in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win where he was 1st Star. Walchuk was the top point-getter for Vernon in the Doyle Cup totalling four goals and two assists in seven games.

He now has 21 points in the 23 games the Vipers have played in the postseason which leads the team. Walchuk was also the team's leading scorer in the regular season with 24 goals and 32 assists.

This is the second time in the playoffs that Walchuk has earned Player of the Week. He also took the nod for the week ending March 27.

Honourable mentions this week include Vipers netminder Kirby Halcrow (four games, one 1st Star, 1.74 goals-against average, .928 save percentage) and defenceman Adam Thompson (four games, two goals).

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