Blazers’ Connor Ingram named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Connor Ingram of the Kamloops Blazers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending December 4 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.66 and save percentage of .950.

Ingram made 96 saves in three games backstopping the Blazers to a trio of victories improving their record to 17-12-1-0 for second place in the WHL’s B.C Division.  His week included a pair of notable performances beginning with a season-high 52 saves on Wednesday as first star of a 4-3 overtime win against the Seattle Thunderbirds, and ending Sunday with a 29-save shutout as third star of a 4-0 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings.  In between, Ingram turned aside 15 shots on Saturday in a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Giants.

A 19-year-old from Imperial, SK, Ingram is playing in his third career WHL season with the Blazers and was a third round pick of the Lightning in the 2016 NHL Draft.  He currently carries a 14-9-1-0 record along with two shutout victories, and boasts the league’s second lowest goals-against-average with a mark of 2.12 and second highest save percentage at .935 trailing only Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips.  Ingram will join Hart and Michael McNiven of the Owen Sound Attack at Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp which opens this week.

Also considered for the award this week was Carolina Hurricanes prospect Callum Booth of the Quebec Remparts who went 2-0-0-0 stopping 61 shots for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .968, and Troy Timpano of the Erie Otters who made 102 saves in three games posting a 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .953.

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
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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Otters’ Alex DeBrincat named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 4 after recording 10 points in four games scoring five goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

DeBrincat earns the award for the second time this season helping the Otters grab six of a possible eight points to climb into first place in the Midwest Division standings with a 21-6-2-0 record.  His top performance came last Tuesday night where he and linemates Dylan Strome and Taylor Raddysh each collected five-points in a 9-2 win over the Mississauga Steelheads with DeBrincat claiming second star honours scoring his first hat-trick of the season and adding two assists.  His week also included a three-game divisional road trip beginning in Guelph followed by back-to-back games in Owen Sound.  On Friday night he tallied an assist in a 3-1 loss to the Storm, then picked up a helper in Saturday’s 3-2 triumph over the Attack, and ended with two goals and one assist on Sunday as second star of a 6-1 win.

An 18-year-old from Farmington Hills, Michigan, DeBrincat is playing in his third career OHL season with the Otters.  The second round pick of the Blackhawks in the 2016 NHL Draft recently earned Co-Player of the Month honours for November alongside Raddysh and trails his teammate in the league’s scoring race by two points with 56 through 26 games including a league-high 28 goals.

Watch video highlights of DeBrincat and the Otters against the Steelheads, Storm, Attack, and Attack.

Also considered for the award this week was Sudbury Wolves sophomore forward David Levin who scored twice with five assists for seven points in three games, and New York Islanders prospect Mitchell Vande Sompel of the Oshawa Generals who scored four goals and one assist for five points in two games.  In goal, the Otters’ Troy Timpano made 102 saves in three games posting a 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .953.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:

Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Max Jones (London Knights)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Matt Luff (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Troy Timpano – Player Profile – Sudbury Wolves

Height:  6’1”

Weight:  184 pounds

Date of birth: November 13, 1997, Pickering, Ontario

Position:  Goaltender

Catches:  Left

OHL Draft: Round 2, 27th overall, 2013 Priority Selection

Timpano played his Minor Midget hockey with the Toronto Titans AAA squad in 2012-2013. He appeared in 41 games and posted 1.85 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. The Sudbury Wolves would make him their second round selection, 27th overall, in the 2013 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

Troy Timpano of the Sudbury Wolves. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Troy Timpano of the Sudbury Wolves. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

The next season Timpano would make the immediate jump to the OHL. He got his feet wet in Major Junior appearing in 12 games. He posted 3.43 goals against average and .894 save percentage. He also played for Team Ontario at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17 and in 4 games posted 2.33 goals against average and .911 save percentage. All in all, it was a very respectable rookie campaign for Timpano.

Last season Timpano became the go to guy in goal in Sudbury. He played in 46 games, finishing with a 4.50 goals against average and a .884 save percentage. Things were looking up for Timpano heading into his draft year in what is a decent crop of OHL goaltenders with Dylan Wells (Peterborough), Tyler Parsons (London), Evan Cormier (Saginaw) and Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste Marie).

Things went south quickly.

Timpano suffered an ankle injury in the summer and it never healed properly. And it showed in his first five games of the season. He was shut down on October 10 and would miss the next two months of the season, making his return on December 6, 2015. He came back physically and mentally prepared, and it showed on the ice.

Since his return, Timpano has an 8-11-0-1 record in 21 appearances. For stat watchers, that appears to be a terrible season. But that is half the Wolves wins 55 games into the season in those 21 appearances. Playing on the Eastern Conference’s last place team and a team that struggles to provide goal support will have a negative impact on any goaltender.

Timpano also sees a lot of rubber, with plenty of scoring opportunities against him. In 13 of his appearances since his return, he’s faced 39 or more shots. He’s won 5 of them with another being a shoot out loss.

On many nights Timpano is hung out to dry. But it doesn’t faze the calm and confident goaltender. He’s very athletic, is sound positionally, squares himself to shooters and is very quick in his crease. He challenges shooters and very rarely over-commits himself. He tracks the puck very well and recovers quickly to make the second save.

Timpano is excellent at handling the puck and seems to do it with confidence. However, at times he overplays it but as he matures and picks his opportunities better, it won’t come back to bite him.

There’s no doubt that two months on the shelf hurt Timpano’s draft ranking, currently 14th on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings among North American goaltenders and 5th among his peers in the OHL.  It’ll take a very strong finish for Timpano to move into the top 10 – but he is capable.