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Vaughn CHL Goalie of Week: Plymouth Whalers’ Matt Mahalak

Vaughn CHL Goalie of Week: Plymouth Whalers’ Matt Mahalak

Vaughn LogoMatt Mahalak of the Plymouth Whalers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the final week of the 2012-13 regular season ending March 17, after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with two shutouts giving him a perfect goals-against-average of 0.00 and save percentage of 1.000.


Mahalak stopped all 53 shots he faced in two games last week beginning with a 29-save performance on Wednesday night as part of an 8-0 shutout win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.  Mahalak picked up his second straight shutout and third of the season Sunday in the Whalers regular season finale stopping 24 shots in a 4-0 win over the Windsor Spitfires.  The win marked the eighth straight victory for the Whalers who enter the 2013 OHL Playoffs as the second seed in the Western Conference with 93 points and an overall record of 42-17-5-4.

Mahalak, a 20-year-old from Monroe, MI, is playing in his third OHL season with the Whalers.  Selected in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, Mahalak is the second Whalers goaltender to win this award in three weeks along with teammate Alex Nedeljkovic for the week ending March 3 (read the InGoal interview with Nedeljkovic).  Mahalak finished the season with a 22-11-4-3 record and a goals-against-average of 2.86 and save percentage of .906.

Also considered for the award this week was Corbin Boes of the Brandon Wheat Kings who posted a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 0.83 and save percentage of .975.  In the QMJHL, Antoine Bibeau of the Moncton Wildcats went 3-0-0-0 with a shutout victory posting a goals-against-average of 2.33 and save percentage of .932.

Past 2012-13 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: François Brassard, Quebec Remparts

Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth Whalers (read the InGoal interview here)

Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Malcolm Subban, Belleville Bulls

Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Zachary Fucale, Halifax Mooseheads

Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Brandon Whitney, Victoriaville Tigres

Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Andrey Makarov, Saskatoon Blades

Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Alex Dubeau, Moncton Wildcats

Past 2012-13 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Cam Lanigan, Medicine Hat Tigers

Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Matt Murray, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Christopher Gibson, Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Austin Lotz, Everett Silvertips

Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Brett Zarowny, Prince George Cougars

Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: JP Anderson, Sarnia Sting

Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Kevin Bailie, London Knights

Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Patrik Bartosak, Red Deer Rebels

Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Mackenzie Skapski, Kootenay Ice

Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 : Mac Carruth, Portland Winterhawks

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 : Philippe Cadorette, Baie-Comeau Drakkar

Oct. 22 – Oct. 28 : Michael Giugovaz, Peterborough Petes (read the InGoal interview here)

Oct. 15 – Oct. 21 : Jordon Cooke, Kelowna Rockets

Oct. 8 – Oct. 14 : Mac Carruth, Portland Winterhawks

Oct. 1 – Oct. 7 : Eetu Laurikainen, Swift Current Broncos

Sept. 24 – Sept. 30 : Sébastien Auger, Saint John Sea Dogs

Sept. 20 – Sept. 23 : John Gibson, Kitchener Rangers

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David is one of the Managing Partners for inGoal Magazine. Of course he finds time for some goaltending of his own as well, and despite his age, clings desperately to the idea that some NHL team will call him to play for them - though in his mid-forties it'll likely be for a practice when everyone else on their depth chart has the flu.

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