Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Patrick Dea of the Tri-City Americans is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the final week of regular season action ending March 18 posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.58 and save percentage of .951.
Dea turned aside 78 of the 82 shots fired his way in three appearances last week helping the Americans secure the first of two Wild Card spots in the WHL’s Western Conference finishing the 2017-18 campaign with a 38-25-8-1 record. On Tuesday night Dea made 33 saves against the U.S. Division leading Everett Silvertips in a 4-2 victory, then made 36 saves on Friday in a first star performance to beat the Spokane Chiefs 2-1. His week wrapped up Sunday playing the first half of a 5-2 win against the Seattle Thunderbirds making nine saves and earning third star honours. The Americans will open the 2018 WHL Playoffs on the road against the B.C. Division champion Kelowna Rockets.
A 21-year-old from St. Albert, Alta., Dea is a veteran of four WHL seasons beginning his career with the Edmonton Oil Kings where he played three seasons after being chosen by the club in the first round of the 2012 Bantam Draft. In his single season between-the-pipes for the Americans, Dea appeared in 47 games carrying a record of 22-14-7-0 with two shutouts along with a goals-against-average of 3.17 and save percentage of .913.
Also considered for the award this week was Jimmy Lemay who made 42 saves in a pair of shootout losses posting a goals-against-average of 1.38 and save percentage of .933 for the Rimouski Oceanic who finished atop the QMJHL’s East Division standings. In the OHL, Stephen Dhillon helped the Niagara IceDogs finish the season with seven straight wins clinching fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings posting a 2-0-0-0 record last week making 72 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.45 and save percentage of .935.
2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Patrick Dea (Tri-City Americans)
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Etienne Montpetit (Victoriaville Tigres)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Shane Farkas (Portland Winterhawks)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Emanuel Vella (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Riley Lamb (Red Deer Rebels)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Brody Willms (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Zachary Bouthillier (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Mario Culina (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: James Porter (Kelowna Rockets)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Tristan Bérubé (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Anthony Morrone (Victoriaville Tigres)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranada Huskies)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Logan Flodell (Swift Current Broncos)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)