Mirwald Named WHL Goaltender of the Week for 3rd Time
Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Vancouver Giants netminder Brett Mirwald has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending February 11, 2024.
It’s the third time the 20-year-old has snagged the honour this season, after being named top goaltender for the weeks ending December 17 and January 7.
Mirwald went 2-0-0-0 in back-to-back showdowns against Seattle and Wenatchee, putting up a 1.50 goals-against average and .955 save percentage, as Vancouver continues to claw its way up the WHL standings. The Giants are currently on an eight-game point streak, with a 7-0-1 record during that stretch, and currently sit in sixth place in the Western Conference, seven points back of Victoria for fifth with two games in hand.
The second-year Giants netminder held the Seattle Thunderbirds to a single goal in a 3-1 victory on February 9. Mirwald earned first star by turning aside 35 of 36 shots in Kent. It marked the third straight game where he made 35 or more saves.
After allowing two goals in the first period against the Wenatchee Wild the following night, Mirwald slammed the door as the Giants scored seven unanswered to take the win. Mirwald stopped 28 of 30, including a remarkable pad save on Briley Wood as the Wild alternate captain attempted to tie the game with a powerplay blast from below the faceoff dot. With the 7-2 decision, Vancouver remains a perfect 6-0-0-0 on home ice at the Langley Events Centre in 2024.
The Saskatoon, Sask. product is in the midst of an incredible campaign, with a 21-17-2-0 record, 3.17 goals-against average and .912 save percentage. He has faced the most shots of any WHL goaltender this season (1448), made the most saves (1321) and played the second-most minutes (2404). His 21 wins rank fifth and his .912 save percentage ranks seventh in the WHL.
Additionally, according to Sportlogiq, Mirwald leads the league in goals saved above expected, having saved 32.9 more goals than an average WHL goalie would, based on Sportlogiq’s expected goals model.
Mirwald is 8-1-1 in his last 10 games and has started 10 of Vancouver’s last 12 contests.
The Giants are back in action on Wednesday, February 14 against the Victoria Royals in a battle on the Island, before returning home to host the Western Conference-leading Portland Winterhawks on Friday, February 16 for CMHA Night. For tickets, CLICK HERE.