Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Chicago Blackhawks prospect Brandon Whitney of the Victoriaville Tigres is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.71 and save percentage of .976.
Whitney began the week by earning his third shutout of the season on Friday night and claimed first star honours after making 27 saves as part of a 5-0 victory over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. On Saturday night he stopped all 19 shots faced in just over 49 minutes of relief against the Quebec Remparts who had already built a first period lead and held on for the 3-1 victory over the Tigres. Whitney’s week wrapped up with another first star performance in a 7-2 win over the Gatineau Olympiques where he made 35 saves for the second time in four games this month.
Whitney, an 18-year-old from Kentville, Nova Scotia, is playing in his second full QMJHL season with the Tigres. Selected by the Blackhawks in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Whitney holds a 21-16-2-4 record this season with a goals-against-average of 3.07 and save percentage of .903 and is fourth in the QMJHL with 1,205 saves.
Also considered for the award this week was 2013 NHL Draft prospect Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings who went 2-0-0-0 including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .960. In the OHL, Franky Palazzese of the Sudbury Wolves had a 1-0-0-1 record with a goals-against-average of 1.38 and save percentage of .955.
2012-13 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Brandon Whitney, Victoriaville Tigres
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Andrey Makarov, Saskatoon Blades
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Alex Dubeau, Moncton Wildcats
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Cam Lanigan, Medicine Hat Tigers
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Matt Murray, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Christopher Gibson, Chicoutimi Sagueneens
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Austin Lotz, Everett Silvertips
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Brett Zarowny, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: JP Anderson, Sarnia Sting
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Kevin Bailie, London Knights
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Patrik Bartosak, Red Deer Rebels
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Mackenzie Skapski, Kootenay Ice
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 : Mac Carruth, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 : Philippe Cadorette, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28 : Michael Giugovaz, Peterborough Petes
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21 : Jordon Cooke, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14 : Mac Carruth, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7 : Eetu Laurikainen, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30 : Sébastien Auger, Saint John Sea Dogs
Sept. 20 – Sept. 23 : John Gibson, Kitchener Rangers