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Hurricanes’ Stuart Skinner named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week
Marissa Baecker

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2017 NHL Draft prospect Stuart Skinner of the Lethbridge Hurricanes is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending February 5 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.99 and save percentage of .970.

Skinner made 65 saves last week backstopping the Hurricanes to a pair of victories and extending their winning-streak to seven as the improve their record to 31-15-4-3 in the WHL’s Central Division.  Last Wednesday night he made 34 saves and earned second star honours in a 3-2 overtime win against the Red Deer Rebels, then turned aside all 31 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season on Saturday as first star of a 3-0 win against the Moose Jaw Warriors.  Skinner’s week also included stopping 17 of 18 shots for Team Cherry in the second half of the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game securing a 7-5 victory for his squad.

An 18-year-old from Edmonton, AB, Skinner is playing in his third full season in Lethbridge after being selected by the club in the first round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  He currently holds a 26-13-3-2 record with a 3.22 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage.  In NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft, Skinner was listed ninth among North American goaltenders.

Also considered for the award this week was Jeremy Brodeur of the Oshawa Generals who posted a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory stopping 71 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .973, and Julio Billia of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens who made 42 saves posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .913.

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Matthew Welsh (Charlottetown Islanders)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Francis Leclerc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse (Victoria Royals)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Reilly Pickard (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic (Vancouver Giants)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Liam Herbst (Guelph Storm)

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