Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Griffen Outhouse of the Victoria Royals is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 1 after posting a 4-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.75 and save percentage of .979.
Outhouse stopped an incredible 138 shots following the holiday break helping the Royals gain some ground in the WHL’s Western Conference standings where they hold a 21-15-4-0 record. His return from the holiday break included a pair of victories over the division’s first place Prince George Cougars including a 42-save effort last Tuesday as second star of a 5-1 win, and a 40-save shutout on Wednesday as first star of the 3-0 triumph. On Friday night Outhouse stopped 26 shots in a 2-1 road win against the Kelowna Rockets receiving first star honours, then celebrated New Year’s Eve making 30 saves in a 6-1 road win against the Kamloops Blazers.
An 18-year-old from Williams Lake, BC, Outhouse is playing in his second season with the Royals. Carrying a 21-12-3-0 record, Outhouse is tied for second in the WHL in wins while his 2.66 goals-against-average ranks fourth and his .921 save percentage is third best overall.
Also considered for the award this week was Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven of the Owen Sound Attack who made 73 saves while posting a 3-0-0-0 record including two shutout victories along with a goals-against-average of 0.33 and save percentage of .986, and Matthew Welsh of the Charlottetown Islanders who made 72 saves posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .960.
2016-17 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
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)