Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Tyler Bunz of the Medicine Hat Tigers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending April 1 after posting a 2-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.93 and save percentage of .970.
Bunz backstopped the Tigers to a first round series victory over the Saskatoon Blades stopping 64 of the 66 shots he faced in the final two games on the road. In Game 3 last Tuesday he made 32 saves to help the Tigers hold on for the 3-2 overtime win, then made another 32 saves on Wednesday recording his second career playoff shutout in the 5-0 series-clinching win. The Tigers will now face the Moose Jaw Warriors in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Semi-Final series.
Bunz, a 20-year-old from St. Albert, Alberta, is playing in his fourth full WHL season with the Tigers. The Edmonton Oilers prospect recorded a 39-17-2-3 record with three shutouts in 61 games during the regular season and was among the league leaders with a 2.57 goals-against-average while recording the second best save percentage with a mark of .921.
Also considered for the award was Scott Wedgewood of the Plymouth Whalers who won four games over first round playoff opponent the Guelph Storm with a goals-against-average of 1.71 and save percentage of .949. In the QMJHL, Mathieu Corbeil backstopped the Saint John Sea Dogs to two wins over first round opponent the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles posting a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .952.
2011-12 Vaughn CHL Playoff Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Tyler Bunz, Medicine Hat Tigers
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Christopher Gibson, Chicoutimi Sagueneens
2011-12 Vaughn CHL Regular Season Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Garret Sparks, Guelph Storm
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Brandon Maxwell, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors
Feb. 27 – Mar. 4: Jon Groenheyde, Swift Current Broncos
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Brandon Maxwell, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Mark Visentin, Niagara IceDogs
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound Attack
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Mathias Niederberger, Barrie Colts
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Mark Visentin, Niagara IceDogs
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Philippe Cadorette, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Mac Carruth, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Ty Rimmer, Tri-City Americans
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Jacob Gervais-Chouinard, Rimouski Oceanic
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Christopher Festarini, Niagara IceDogs
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Étienne Marcoux, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Joel Vienneau, Sudbury Wolves
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Calvin Pickard, Seattle Thunderbirds
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Roman Will, Moncton Wildcats
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Tyler Bunz, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Eric Comrie, Tri-City Americans
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Patrik Bartosak, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: François Tremblay, Val d’Or Foreurs
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Jimmy Appleby, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Michael Houser, London Knights