Vernon Vipers goaltender Austin Smith has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 2, the league announced Monday.
Smith posted two wins, including his second shutout of the season, and was named 1st Star both games. In the first victory, he actually game on in relief of an injured Danny Todosychuk at 6:41 of the first period against Trail and stopped 31 shots for the goose egg. The Calgary native followed that up with an impressive performance in a 6-1 road win over rival West Kelowna, turning aside 37 of 38 shots.
The 6-foot, 185-pound 20-year-old had a 0.986 save percentage for the weekend to go along with a 0.53 goals-against average.
Honourable mentions this week:
Merritt Centennials F Diego Cuglietta: 3G, 4A, 1st Star, GWG
Vernon Vipers F Liam Coughlin: 3G, 3A, 2nd Star, GWG
Powell River Kings F Luke Nogard: 2G, 2A, OT GWG
Salmon Arm SilverBacks G Angus Redmond: 2W, 1st Star, 2nd Star, 0.967 sv%, 1.00 GAA
Prince George Spruce Kings F Justin Rai: 4G, 3A, two 1st Stars, GWG
Trail Smoke Eaters D Taylor Armbruster: 3G, hat trick, 2nd Star
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