Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2016 NHL Draft prospect Zach Sawchenko of the Moose Jaw Warriors is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 17 after posting a 1-0-1-0 record with a goals-against-average of 0.99 and save percentage of .976.
Sawchenko made 83 saves in two games for the Warriors who currently rank third in the WHL’s East Division with 52 points. Last Wednesday night he earned first star honours with a 37-save performance against the Red Deer Rebels despite a tough 1-0 overtime defeat. He followed that effort with 46 saves on Saturday night, his second busiest outing of the season, as part of a 4-1 road win over the first place Brandon Wheat Kings where he earned second star honours.
An 18-year-old from Calgary, AB, Sawchenko is playing in his third career WHL season with the Warriors carrying a season record of 17-8-3-1 with one shutout along with a goals-against-average of 2.74 and save percentage of .922. Ranked third among North American goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting, Sawchenko will compete for Team Cherry at the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on January 28 in Vancouver.
Also considered for the award this week was Michael Giugovaz of the Guelph Storm who stopped 104 shots in three games posting a 2-0-0-1 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.89 and save percentage of .945, and Etienne Montpetit of the Val-d’Or Foreurs who stopped 59 shots in two games posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.00 and save percentage of .937.
2015-16 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Étienne Montpetit (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Callum Booth (Quebec Remparts)
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Jack Flinn (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Ty Edmonds (Prince George Cougars)
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Keven Bouchard (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Devin Williams (Erie Otters)
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Etienne Montpetit (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Tyler Parsons (London Knights)
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Adin Hill (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 12 – Oct. 18: Julio Billia (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Coleman Vollrath (Victoria Royals)
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Louis-Philip Guindon (Rimouski Oceanic)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 27: Zack Bowman (Flint Firebirds)