Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Ottawa Senators prospect Kevin Mandolese of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending January 13 posting a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .983.
Mandolese turned aside 58 shots last week allowing just one goal in two games between-the-pipes for the Screaming Eagles who extended their winning-streak to three and climbed into a fifth place tie in the QMJHL’s overall standings. On Friday night his 37-save performance earned first star honours in a 3-0 shutout of the Halifax Mooseheads, and on Saturday his 21 saves were enough to beat the Shawinigan Cataractes by a 4-1 score. Cape Breton now holds a 26-14-1-2 record for 55 points which is even with the Moncton Wildcats and behind Halifax by only six points.
An 18-year-old from Blainville, QC, Mandolese is playing in his third career season with the Screaming Eagles who chose him 13th overall in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft. This season is already shaping up to be his best statistically with a personal record of 17-8-1-2 including two shutouts with a goals-against-average of 2.79 and save percentage of .897 which are all improvements over last year’s totals. Mandolese was selected by the Senators in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Draft.
Also considered for the award this week was Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves who returned to action following a gold medal performance with Finland at the World Juniors to post a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout victory making 45 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .938. In the WHL, NHL Draft prospect Taylor Gauthier of the Prince George Cougars went 3-1-0-0 with two shutout victories while stopping 97 shots for an overall goals-against-average of 1.26 and save percentage of .951. Gauthier will suit up for Team Cherry at next week’s Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Ivan Prosvetov (Saginaw Spirit)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Kyle Jessiman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)