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Vaughn CHL Goalie of the Week: Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson

Vaughn CHL Goalie of the Week: Chicoutimi’s Christopher Gibson

Vaughn HockeyChristopher Gibson of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League was chosen as the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the period ending January 6 after winning both his games with one shutout, a 1.50 goals-against average and a .964 save percentage.

Not to be confused with the other Gibson currently in the junior hockey spotlight – Vaughn goaltender John Gibson of the Ontario Hockey League recently backstopped Team USA to gold at the World Junior Championships – Christopher Gibson had been building towards the weekly CHL award, earning consecutive nominations before taking top spot over the past week.

The 20-year-old Finnish goalie backstopped the Sags to a pair of road wins, starting with a 40-save performance in a 4-3 win over the Sherbrooke Phoenix on Friday and continuing with 41 saves and First Star honours in a 1-0 win over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. It was his third shutout of the season and 12th of his four-year QMJHL career, putting him just three behind the all-time league record holder Ryan Mior, who recorded 15 shutouts with PEI and Gatineau between 2003 and 2008.

Gibson was a second round selection of the Los Angeles Kings at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, and in 21 games this season had a 11-7-0-1 record, a 2.68 goals-against-average, and a .916 save percentage.

Also considered for the award this week was Laurent Brossoit of the Edmonton Oil Kings after going 2-0-0-0 with a shutout and a 1.00 goals-against average and a .971 save percentage, and Plymouth Whalers rookie Alex Nedeljkovic, who was 4-0-0-0 with a goals-against-average of 2.23 and save percentage of .934.

Past 2012-13 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

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

About The Author

Kevin Woodley is a rec-league target and former contributing editor of the Goalie News magazine. He has written about the Vancouver Canucks and NHL for The Associated Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News for the last decade, and covered the 2010 Olympics for The AP.

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