Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thunderbirds’ Taran Kozun named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that for the second time this season Taran Kozun of the Seattle Thunderbirds is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week after posting back-to-back shutouts in two starts with a perfect goals-against-average of 0.00 and save percentage of 1.000 for the week ending February 9.

Kozun stopped all 64 shots he faced in a pair of starts against the Spokane Chiefs backstopping the Thunderbirds to a pair of victories and holding fourth place in the WHL’s Western Conference.  Last Wednesday night he made 29 saves and earned second star honours in a 4-0 win over the Chiefs in Spokane, then made 35 saves on Friday night in Seattle earning first star honours in the 4-0 win over the visiting Chiefs.

Kozun, a 19-year-old from Nipawin, SK, is playing in his second full WHL season and was recently acquired by the Thunderbirds from the Kamloops Blazers.  Since joining the Thunderbirds, Kozun has posted a 9-2-0-0 record including four shutouts in 11 games played with a goals-against-average of 1.51 and save percentage of .952.

Also considered for the award this week was Dallas Stars prospect Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic who went 3-0-0-0 with one shutout victory posting a goals-against-average of 0.80 and save percentage of .972.  In the OHL, Devin Williams of the Erie Otters won both of his starts with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .962.

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

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