Vaughn CHL Goalie of Week: Seattle’s Kozun
Taran Kozun of the Seattle Thunderbirds was named the Vaughn Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Week after winning all three starts, including two shutouts, a 0.65 goals against-average and .977 save percentage.
Playing his first three games with the team after being acquired in a trade, Kozun backstopped the Thunderbirds to three straight wins last week, extending their winning-streak to six and lifting them into fourth place in the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference standings.
Kozun debuted with back-to-back shutout victories, including a 28-save performance as First Star of a 1-0 overtime win over the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday, then stopped all 26 shots he faced on Friday as First star in a 4-0 win over the Tri-City Americans. His week wrapped up Saturday with 30 saves in a 3-2 victory against his former team, the Kamloops Blazers.
Kozun, a 19-year-old from Nipawin, SK, is playing in his second full WHL season and was recently acquired by the Thunderbirds in a trade from Kamloops, where he posted a 5-19-2-1 record with a goals against-average of 3.95 and save percentage of .897.
Also considered for the award this week was Justin Nichols of the Guelph Storm after going 3-0-0-0 with two shutouts, a goals against-average of 0.67 and save percentage of .978, and Drummondville Voltigeurs’ goaltender Louis-Philip Guindon, who was 2-1-0-0 with two shutouts a 0.43 goals against-average and a .985 save percentage.
2013-14 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
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)