Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Reilly Pickard of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending March 20 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.80 and save percentage of .953.
Pickard made an impressive 101 saves in three appearances last week backstopping the Titan to a pair of victories. He opened the week with a 34-save performance in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Saint John Sea Dogs, then played the final two periods of Friday’s contest against the Charlottetown Islanders stopping all 20 shots he faced despite the 3-2 loss. Pickard finished the week and regular season campaign recording his 25th win stopping 47 shots plus an additional five shootout shooters earning second star honours in a 5-4 win over the Moncton Wildcats. The 14th seed Titan will open the QMJHL playoffs on the road against the third place Sea Dogs beginning on Friday March 25.
A 17-year-old from Halifax, NS, Pickard is playing in his second QMJHL season with the Titan. Originally a second round choice of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the 2014 QMJHL Entry Draft, the 2016 NHL Draft eligible netminder appeared in 58 games this season playing to a 25-20-2-3 including two shutouts along with a goals-against-average of 3.15 and save percentage of .902 which was tied for fifth best in the QMJHL.
Also considered for the award this week was Jordan Papirny of the Brandon Wheat Kings who posted a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .944, and Jake Smith of the North Bay Battalion who went 3-0-0-0 with a goals-against-average of 2.25 and save percentage of .921.
2015-16 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Reilly Pickard (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Landon Bow (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Feb. 29 – Mar. 6: Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28: Devin Williams (Erie Otters)
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: Leo Lazarev (Ottawa 67’s)
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Taz Burman (Swift Current Broncos)
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31: Luke Opilka (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Jordan Papirny (Brandon Wheat Kings)
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)