Vaughn CHL Goalie of Week: Seattle’s Kozun
Taran Kozun of the Seattle Thunderbirds was the Vaughn Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Week for the second time in less than a month after posting back-to-back shutouts.
Kozun, who also won the award in mid-January, was perfect in two starts, stopping all 64 shots in a pair of starts against the Spokane Chiefs to keep Seattle in fourth place in the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference. He opened with 29 saves and Second Star honours in a 4-0 win over the Chiefs in Spokane, then made 35 saves in Seattle, earning the First Star now in a 4-0 win over the visiting Chiefs.
Kozun, a 19-year-old from Nipawin, Saskatchewan, is in his second full WHL season and was recently acquired by the Thunderbirds from the Kamloops Blazers. Since joining the Thunderbirds, he has a 9-2-0-0 record with four shutouts, a goals-against-average of 1.51 and save percentage of .952.
Also considered for the award was Dallas Stars prospect Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic after going 3-0-0-0 with one shutout, a goals-against-average of 0.80 and save percentage of .972. In the Ontario Hockey League, Devin Williams of the Erie Otters won both of his starts with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .962.
2013-14 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Feb. 3 – Feb. 9: Taran Kozun (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 27 – Feb. 2: Brendan Burke (Portland Winterhawks)
Jan. 20 – Jan. 26: Patrik Bartosak (Red Deer Rebels)
Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Taran Kozun (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 6 – Jan. 12: Oscar Dansk (Erie Otters)
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Franky Palazzese (Sudbury Wolves)
Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Matthew Mancina (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Oscar Dansk (Erie Otters)
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Matt Mahalak (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24: Patrik Polivka (Victoria Royals)
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Francois Brassard (Quebec Remparts)
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings); Read the InGoal interview with the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect.
Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Jordon Cooke (Kelowna Rockets)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Philippe Cadorette (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville Tigres)
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6: Ty Edmonds (Prince George Cougars); read the InGoal interview with Edmonds
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers); read the InGoal interview with Nedeljkovic
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Sebastien Auger (Saint John Sea Dogs)