Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Christopher Gibson of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the first week of the 2012 CHL Playoffs ending March 25 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .963.
Gibson backstopped the eighth seeded Sagueneens to two wins to open their first round playoff series against the ninth seeded Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He made 27 saves as third star of a 3-1 win in Game 1 on Friday night before making 25 saves on Saturday as second star of a 6-1 win over the Titan in Game 2.
Gibson, a 19-year-old Finnish native is playing in his third QMJHL season with the Sagueneens. The Los Angeles Kings prospect, selected in the second round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, played for Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championship and posted a 27-17-2-2 record this season with three shutouts and a goals-against-average of 2.97 and save percentage of .893.
Also considered for the award this week was Michael Houser of the London Knights who won two games over the Windsor Spitfires including a shutout victory in first round OHL playoff action posting a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .952. In the WHL, Laurent Brossoit backstopped the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 2-0 series lead over the Kootenay Ice with a shutout victory and goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .944.
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