James Priestner Named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

By League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that James Priestner of the Prince George Cougars is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 2.  In two games Priestner recorded a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout win with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .956.

Priestner recorded his second shutout of the season last Wednesday night making 22 saves as second star of a 5-0 win over the Chilliwack Bruins.  He then opened the New Year on Sunday with a 21-save performance as part of a 5-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors to lift the Cougars into top spot in the WHL’s B.C Division with 43 points. 

Priestner, a 19-year-old from Edmonton, AB, is playing in his fourth WHL season and currently holds a 12-9-2-0 record and has already set a career-high with 646 saves so far this season.

Also considered for the award this week was Gabriel Girard of the Shawinigan Cataractes who earned two victories with a goals-against-average of 1.92 and save percentage of .945.  Mavric Parks of the Saginaw Spirit was also strong in goal this week earning two wins in three starts including a 3-0 shutout win over the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors with 33 saves as first star of the game. 

2010-11 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Dec. 27 – Jan. 4: James Priestner, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 13 – Dec. 19: Anthony Terenzio, Halifax Mooseheads
Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Darcy Kuemper, Red Deer Rebels
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Scott Wedgewood, Plymouth Whalers
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Nicholas Champion, Lewiston MAINEiacs
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Jeff Bosch, Kamloops Blazers
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: JP Anderson, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Evan Mosher, PEI Rocket
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Gabriel Girard, Shawinigan Cataractes
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Mark Friesen, Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Darcy Kuemper, Red Deer Rebels
Sept. 27 – Oct. 3: Scott Stajcer, Owen Sound Attack
Sept. 23 – Sept. 26: Louis Domingue, Quebec Remparts