Shawinigan Cataractes’ Gabriel Girard named ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week

By League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Gabriel Girard of the Shawinigan Cataractes is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending May 10.  In two starts Girard recorded two wins while posting a goals-against-average of 0.88 and a save percentage of .970.

Girard got the call to start game five of the QMJHL Finals for the President Cup against the Drummondville Voltigeurs in Drummondville on Friday night trailing 3-1 in the series.  Despite allowing the first goal of the game, Girard held steady and he made 31 saves including 13 in the third period in the 4-1 win for Catractes.  On Sunday night back in Shawinigan at the Centre Bionest, the Cataractes were again facing elimination but Girard made 36 saves including 10 in the extra frame to win 2-1 in overtime. The win forces a game seven to be played Tuesday night in Drummondville with the winner advancing to the 2009 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Rimouski. 

Girard, a 17-year-old from Varennes, QC, is in just his second QMJHL season with the Cataractes.  He has three wins so far in the playoffs with a goals-against-average of 2.29 and save percentage of .921 and is eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. 

Andrew Engelage of the Windsor Spitfires was also considered after posting a goals-against-average of 1.99 and a save percentage of .944 in three games.  He was named first star of the series-clinching 2-1 game five win Friday night over the Brampton Battalion where he made 37 saves to help his club win the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL Champions.  Martin Jones of the Calgary Hitmen was also considered after making 122 saves in four games maintaining a goals-against-average of 1.70 and a save percentage of .946 in the WHL Championship Series.

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2008-09 ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week
May 12 – Gabriel Girard, Shawinigan Cataractes
May 5 – Andrew Engelage, Windsor Spitfires
Apr. 28 – Mark Guggenberger, Kelowna Rockets
Apr. 21 – Tyson Sexsmith, Vancouver Giants
Apr. 14 – Dustin Tokarski, Spokane Chiefs
Apr. 7 – Olivier Roy, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Mar. 31 – Matt Hackett, Plymouth Whalers
Mar. 24 – Martin Jones, Calgary Hitmen
Mar. 17 – Nicola Riopel, Moncton Wildcats
Mar. 10 – Jaroslav Janus, Erie Otters
Mar. 3 – Thomas McCollum, Brampton Battalion
Feb. 24 – Adam Brown, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 17 – Maxim Gougeon, Rimouski Oceanic
Feb. 10 – Nicola Riopel, Moncton Wildcats
Feb. 3 – Raffaele D’Orso, Val d’Or Foreurs
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