CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Kosorenkov and Porter earn final honours for 2017

Tigres’ Ivan Kosorenkov named CHL Player of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Ivan Kosorenkov of the Victoriaville Tigres is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 31 after scoring five goals and four assists for nine points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5. 

Kosorenkov delivered three multi-point performances after the holiday break helping the Tigres end 2017 with a three-game win-streak improving their record to 18-14-3-2.  On Thursday he scored a goal and an assist in a 6-2 win over the Quebec Remparts, then tallied a season-high four points on Friday with two goals and two assists as first star of a 6-1 road win over the Rimouski Oceanic.  His week wrapped up on New Year’s Eve scoring a pair of goals including the game-winner and insurance marker just 47 seconds apart while adding an assist as second star of a 5-2 win over the Chicoutimi Sagueneens.  Kosorenkov’s effort on Sunday extended his personal point-streak to nine games covering the entire month of December. 

The 19-year-old Russian is playing in his second QMJHL season after being selected by the Tigres in the first round of the 2016 CHL Import Draft.  He is currently tied for 17th in league scoring with 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points in 33 games and has averaged exactly a point-per-game over his QMJHL tenure with 101 points in 101 games. 

Also considered for the award this week was Braylon Shmyr of the Saskatoon Blades who scored three goals and seven assists for 10 points in three games, and Vegas Golden Knights prospect Ben Jones of the Niagara IceDogs who scored twice with five assists for seven points in three games. 

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:

Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: Ivan Kosorenkov (Victoriaville Tigres)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Alex Barr
é-Boulet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Cody Glass (Portland Winterhawks)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Cliff Pu (London Knights)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Aleksi Heponiemi (Swift Current Broncos)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Albert Michnac (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Aaron Luchuk (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Drake Batherson (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Tyler Soy (Victoria Royals)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Kole Lind (Kelowna Rockets)

Rockets’ James Porter named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that rookie James Porter of the Kelowna Rockets is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending December 31 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 0.48 and save percentage of .987. 

Porter made 74 saves in a home-and-home series win against the Kamloops Blazers helping the Rockets extend their winning-streak to five and improving their first place B.C Division record to 23-11-2-1.  Last Wednesday he stopped a career-high 46 shots and added four more saves in the shootout earning first star honours in the 2-1 victory at home.  In Kamloops on Friday, Porter was named second star with his second shutout of the season making 28 saves in the 3-0 victory over the Blazers. 

A 17-year-old from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Porter was chosen by the Rockets in the seventh round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.  In 26 appearances this season he carries a 15-5-2-0 record with a goals-against-average of 3.22 and save percentage of .904.  His two shutout victories have been recorded in a span of three games with the first coming December 16 before the holiday break with a 40-save performance in a 5-0 win over the Saskatoon Blades. 

Also considered for the award this week was Mathieu Bellemare of the Shawinigan Cataractes who posted a 1-1-0-0 record including a shutout victory making 71 saves for a goals-against-average of 0.51 and save percentage of .986.  In the OHL, Leo Lazarev of the Barrie Colts made 82 saves while posting a 2-0-0-0 record along with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .965. 

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: James Porter (Kelowna Rockets)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Tristan
Bérubé (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Anthony Morrone (Victoriaville Tigres)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranada Huskies)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Logan Flodell (Swift Current Broncos)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)


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