CALGARY, AB. – The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Matt Lowry of the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Lowry picked up five points, scoring one goal and four assists to go with a +1 rating in two games over the last week, helping the Brandon Wheat Kings jump out to a 2-0 series lead over the Kootenay Ice in the 2009 Husky WHL Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals best-of-seven series.
On Friday, March 20th, the Wheat Kings (3) hosted the Kootenay Ice (6) at Westman Place in Brandon for game one of 2009 WHL Playoffs opening round series. Lowry picked up three assists as the Wheat Kings downed the Ice 7-2 and was also named the games 2nd Star.
Game two of the opening round series went the following evening, Saturday, March 21st, in Brandon. Lowry scored one goal and added an assist as the Wheat Kings defeated the Ice 4-1 in game two. He was also named the games 1st Star.
The Brandon Wheat Kings currently have a 2-0 series lead over the Kootenay Ice, with games three and four set in Cranbrook, British Columbia at the Recreation Complex on Tuesday, March 24th and Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 pm (MST).
Lowry, from Neepawa, Manitoba, is currently playing his 20-year-old season with the Brandon Wheat Kings. After three full years in the Western Hockey League, starting with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Lowry has appeared in 209 regular season games, accumulating 160 points (47 goals, 113 assists).
The WHL has also nominated Martin Jones of the Calgary Hitmen for the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Jones posted a 2-0-0-0 record this past week with one shut-out, allowing just one goal on 46 shots for a 0.500 goals-against average and .978 save percentage.
Jones, a 19-year-old (playing his 18-year-old season) from North Vancouver, British Columbia, is in his third season with the Calgary Hitmen. Jones was first among all WHL goaltenders at the conclusion of the regular season with 45 wins and third in the WHL with a 2.08 GAA.