Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tigres’ Brandon Whitney named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Chicago Blackhawks prospect Brandon Whitney of the Victoriaville Tigres is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 13 with a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory along with a goals-against-average of 0.50 and a .981 save percentage.

Whitney allowed just one goal on 52 shots last week helping the Tigres earn a pair of victories to climb into first place in the East Division standings with 17 points.  He earned back-to-back first star honours beginning with a 20-save performance on Thursday as part of a 2-1 win over the Gatineau Olympiques, then picked up his first shutout of the season on Friday with 31 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes.

Whitney, a 19-year-old from Kentville, Nova Scotia, is playing in his third full season with the Tigres.  The seventh round pick of the Blackhawks in the 2012 NHL Draft, Whitney has a 2013-14 record of 6-4 with a goals-against-average of 2.72 and save percentage of .919.

Also considered for the award this week was Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oscar Dansk of the Erie Otters who won two games including a shutout victory for a goals-against-against average of 1.00 and save percentage of .961, while Alex Moodie backstopped the Saskatoon Blades to a perfect 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .949.

2013-14 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville Tigres)
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6: Ty Edmonds (Prince George Cougars)
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Sebastien Auger (Saint John Sea Dogs)


(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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