Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tigers’ Tyler Bunz Named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Tyler Bunz of the Medicine Hat Tigers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending April 1 after posting a 2-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.93 and save percentage of .970.

Bunz backstopped the Tigers to a first round series victory over the Saskatoon Blades stopping 64 of the 66 shots he faced in the final two games on the road.  In Game 3 last Tuesday he made 32 saves to help the Tigers hold on for the 3-2 overtime win, then made another 32 saves on Wednesday recording his second career playoff shutout in the 5-0 series-clinching win.  The Tigers will now face the Moose Jaw Warriors in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Semi-Final series.

Bunz, a 20-year-old from St. Albert, Alberta, is playing in his fourth full WHL season with the Tigers.  The Edmonton Oilers prospect recorded a 39-17-2-3 record with three shutouts in 61 games during the regular season and was among the league leaders with a 2.57 goals-against-average while recording the second best save percentage with a mark of .921.

Also considered for the award was Scott Wedgewood of the Plymouth Whalers who won four games over first round playoff opponent the Guelph Storm with a goals-against-average of 1.71 and save percentage of .949.  In the QMJHL, Mathieu Corbeil backstopped the Saint John Sea Dogs to two wins over first round opponent the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles posting a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .952.

(Nathan can be reached at fourniern@students.nescom.edu)

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