The Chicago Blackhawks went into the 2010 NHL Entry Draft plagued by uncertainty. Sure, the team was fresh off winning their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, but the celebration could only last so long. The fact of the matter was the Blackhawks were pressed against the salary cap, so the offseason would see general manager Stan Bowman make a flurry of trades and signings to ensure the Blackhawks were both cap-compliant and a Cup contender. It probably sounds familiar.
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Mac Carruth of the Portland Winterhawks is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 15 with a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .969.
Carruth made 95 saves in the three Winterhawks’ wins to help close the gap for top spot in the WHL’s U.S Division behind the top-ranked Tri-City Americans. His first two victories of the week came at home against the Kelowna Rockets beginning Wednesday night with 33 saves as third star of the 4-2 win, followed by a 37-save performance as first star of a 2-1 win on Friday. His week wrapped up with another first star performance on Saturday making 25 saves to record his second shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Carruth has continued his strong play early on this week making 25 saves in a 5-1 win over the first place Americans Monday in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee game.
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Mac Carruth of the Portland Winterhawks is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending April 24 after posting a 1-1 record with a goals-against-average of 1.51 and save percentage of .962.
Carruth made 75 saves for the Winterhawks in the first two games of the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Championship Series against the Spokane Chiefs. He opened the series with 41 saves on Friday night and was named second star despite the 2-1 loss then rebounded with 34 saves on Sunday as the first star of the 2-1 win over the Chiefs to even the series 1-1.
Carruth, a 19-year-old from Shorewood, Minnesota, is playing in his second WHL season with the Winterhawks. The Chicago Blackhawks prospect was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and has a playoff record of 9-3 with one shutout and a goals-against-average of 2.39 and a league-best save percentage of .934.
JP Anderson of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors and Louis Domingue of the Quebec Remparts were also considered. Anderson went 2-1 with a shutout victory posting a goals-against-average of 1.97 and save percentage of .929, while Domingue went 2-1 with a goals-against-average of 2.02 and save percentage of .929. Read more»
CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Mac Engel, of the Spokane Chiefs, has been named the VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month for February.
The 17 year-old goaltender posting a 9-2-0-0 record through February with two shut-outs, maintaining a 1.83 goals-against average and 0.930 save percentage. He appeared in all 13 games for the Chiefs through February which included seven key victories over WHL US Division rivals. Engel’s efforts also earned him a Three Star selection in four games, including two 1st Star honours.
Engel’s strong performance through February has helped him to a second ranking among all WHL goaltenders with 2.41 goals-against average. The Chiefs have won 8 of their last 10 games and currently sit 3rd in the WHL Western Conference with a 40-17-4-2 record for 86 points, just one back of the conference leading Portland Winterhawks.
Engel, a native of Red Deer, AB, is playing in his rookie season with the Spokane Chiefs who listed him back in November 2009. He has appeared in 29 games this season posting an 11-7-2-1 record with three shut-outs.
His accomplishments make Mac Engel a deserving choice as the VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month for February.
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