Battalion’s McCollum named ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week

By League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Thomas McCollum of the Brampton Battalion is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 25.  McCollum posted a 3-0-0-0 record including two shutout wins with a goals-against-average of .980 and a save percentage of .964 in his three starts.

McCollum started his week off Thursday night facing off against the Saginaw Spirit.  He stopped all 23 shots fired his way and was named first star of the game leading the Battalion to a 3-0 victory.  McCollum started strong again on Saturday taking a shutout into the third period game in Plymouth before surrendering three goals to the Whalers.  McCollum stood tall making 33 saves including 18 in the third period comeback charge as the Battalion would win 4-3 in overtime.  On Sunday McCollum turned aside all 24 shots in a 6-0 win at home over the Kitchener Rangers and was named second star of the game.  The shutout win was his fifth of the season helping the Battalion increase their winning streak to seven games. 

McCollum, a 19-year-old from Sanborn, New York, is in his third OHL season and has compiled a 6-1-0-0 record with the Battalion since joining the squad in January.  The former Guelph Storm netminder also played for Team USA at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships.  He ranks second in the OHL in both goals-against-average at 2.13 and save percentage at .927.  McCollum was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in the first round, 30th overall and will represent the OHL’s Eastern Conference at the 2009 Subway OHL All-Star Classic on February 4, 2009 in Windsor, ON.

The WHL nominee for this award for the second consecutive week is Dustin Tokarski of the Spokane Chiefs who are currently on an eight game winning streak.  Tokarski allowed just three goals on 53 shots in two victories posting a 1.50 goals-against-average and a .943 save percentage.  Charles Lavigne of the Quebec Remparts was considered after winning three games with one shutout and posting a goals-against-average of 1.37 and save percentage of .957.  His 30 save shutout win came on Saturday in a big 2-0 win on the road over one of the top QMJHL teams the Moncton Wildcats.

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2008-09 ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week

Jan. 27 – Thomas McCollum, Brampton Battalion
Jan. 20 – Matt Hackett, Plymouth Whalers
Jan. 13 – Olivier Roy, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Jan. 6 – Martin Jones, Calgary Hitmen
Dec. 16 – Michael Hutchinson, Barrie Colts
Dec. 9 – Chet Pickard, Tri-City Americans
Dec. 2 – Torrie Jung, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 25 – Antoine Lafleur, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Nov. 18 – Martin Jones, Calgary Hitmen
Nov. 11 – Tyson Sexsmith, Vancouver Giants
Nov. 4 – Mike Murphy, Belleville Bulls
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