Thunderbirds’ Carl Stankowski named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that rookie Carl Stankowski of the Seattle Thunderbirds is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the final playoff week ending May 14 after posting a 3-1 record with a goals-against-average of 2.64 and save percentage of .909.

Stankowski turned aside an impressive 104 shots last week backstopping the Thunderbirds to the franchise’s first Ed Chynoweth Cup with a 4-2 series win over the Regina Pats.  Following a 1-1 series split in Regina, the scene shifted to Seattle for Game 3 last Tuesday where the Pats struck first earning a 3-2 win with Stankowski making 25 saves.  The T-Birds responded with two home ice wins including Wednesday’s Game 4 with an 18-save effort by Stankowski in the 6-1 win, and Friday’s Game 5 where he denied 33 shots to preserve the 7-4 victory putting his club one win away from the title.  Back in Regina for Game 6 on Sunday, the T-Birds erased a late 3-1 third period deficit to force overtime before emerging victorious in front of Stankowski who stopped 28 shots in the series finale.

A recently turned 17-year-old from Calgary, AB, Stankowski is the youngest netminder to lead his team to a WHL Championship since fellow 16-year-old rookie Dan Blackburn won with the 2000 Kootenay Ice.  Stankowski was Seattle’s second round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft and made just seven regular season appearances before his playoff crease duties.  In post-season play he produced a 16-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against-average and .911 save percentage.

Also considered for the award this week was last week’s recipient Carolina Hurricanes prospect Callum Booth who helped the Saint John Sea Dogs capture their third President Cup with a 4-0 series win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada making 42 saves with a 2-0 record along with a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .977.  In the OHL, Troy Timpano hoisted the Robertson Cup with the Erie Otters posting a 2-1 record last week with 72 saves, a goals-against-average of 2.99, and save percentage of .889 as part of a 4-1 series win over the Mississauga Steelheads.

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Playoff Goaltenders of the Week:

May 8 – May 14: Carl Stankowski (Seattle Thunderbirds)
May 1 – May 7: Callum Booth (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Apr. 24 – Apr. 30: Matthew Mancina (Mississauga Steelheads)
Apr. 17 – Apr. 23: Matthew Mancina (Mississauga Steelheads)
Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Kyle Jessiman (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Regular Season Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Callum Booth (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brodan Salmond (Kelowna Rockets)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Matthew Welsh (Charlottetown Islanders)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Francis Leclerc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse (Victoria Royals)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Reilly Pickard (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic (Vancouver Giants)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Liam Herbst (Guelph Storm)


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