Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Nicola Riopel of the Moncton Wildcats is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 26.
Riopel, a 19-year-old from St-Pie-de-Bagot, QC backstopped the Moncton Wildcats to a 3-0-0-0 record this week. In the three wins, Riopel stopped 99 shots for a .971 save percentage and allowed only three goals for a goals-against-average of 1.00.
The highlight of his week came in a 6-0 shutout win Friday night against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Riopel made 41 saves and was named the first star of the game. Riopel was also victorious on Wednesday night making 23 saves to beat the Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4-2 and his 35 saves on Sunday helped the Wildcats beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 5-1.
With that win, Moncton has won eight straight games on the road to start the season which ties a QMJHL record. Riopel leads all QMJHL goaltenders with 13 wins and three shutouts. He also has a league best goals-against-average of 1.41, and save percentage of .950 in 14 games.
Nominees for this award included Adam Brown of the Kelowna Rockets who was perfect this week going 2-0-0-0 and stopping all 29 shots he faced to earn two shutouts in the WHL. Jason Guy of the London Knights was also considered after going 2-0-0-0 with a shutout victory. Guy posted a 1.50 goals-against-average and a .952 save percentage on the week.
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2008-09 ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week
Oct. 28 – Nicola Riopel, Moncton Wildcats
Oct. 21 – Brandon Foote, Brampton Battalion
Oct. 14 – Calvin Pickard, Seattle Thunderbirds
Oct. 7 – Olivier Roy, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Sept. 30 – Andrew Engelage, Windsor Spitfires
Sept. 23 – Jamie Tucker, Vancouver Giants