The Western Hockey League announced today that Prince George Cougars’ forward Todd Fiddler is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 12, 2014.
Fiddler recorded five goals and four assists for nine points over four games in the past week as the Cougars posted a 1-2-0-1 record in that span.
On Tuesday, January 7th, Fiddler tallied three goals and two assists for a five-point effort while being named the game’s 2nd Star in a 9-7 loss to the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds. On Wednesday, January 8th, he notched an assist in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Thunderbirds in Prince George. On Friday, Fiddler picked up an assist in a 6-5 setback on the road to the Vancouver Giants. Fiddler finished the week with two goals and 2nd Star honors in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Blazers in Kamloops.
Fiddler, a 20-year-old from Meadow Lake, SK, is in his fourth and final season in the WHL. He was acquired by the Cougars from Moose Jaw in early November, and has posted an impressive 22 goals and 44 points in just 26 games with the Club. He currently sits tied for 10th in League scoring with 54 points. Selected by the Medicine Hat Tigers in the third round, 65th overall, of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft, Fiddler has played 254 career regular-season WHL contests for the Tigers, Prince Albert Raiders, Spokane Chiefs and the Cougars, scoring 101 goals and 197 points.
The WHL has also nominated Eric Comrie of the Tri-City Americans for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. An 18-year-old from Edmonton, AB, Comrie posted a 2-0 record in two starts over the past week, allowing just three goals on 64 shots for a 1.45 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage in that span. On Tuesday, January 7th, Comrie stopped 26 of 27 shots while earning 1st Star honors in a 2-1 win over the visiting Kamloops Blazers. On Saturday, January 11th, Comrie turned aside 35 of 37 shots and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 3-2 overtime win versus the Everett Silvertips. Comrie is in his third WHL campaign with the Americans, and currently ranks among the WHL’s top goaltenders in GAA and save percentage. Tri-City’s first-round pick, 13th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Comrie was chosen by the Winnipeg Jets in the second round, 59th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.
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