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Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week: Kootenay’s Mackenzie Skapski

Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week: Kootenay’s Mackenzie Skapski

Vaughn LogoMackenzie Skapski of the Kootenay Ice is the Vaughn Canadian Hockey League Goaltender of the Week after winning all three of his games while posting two shutouts, a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .964.

Skapski kicked off his three-win week with a 17-save shutout and third star honours in a 4-0 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Monday, then beat the Brandon Wheat Kings back to back, starting with a 5-3 victory Friday and a 31-save, first-star 4-0 win on Saturday for this third shutout of the season.

The 18-year-old from Abbotsford, BC, is playing in his second full WHL season with the Ice, and has already represented Canada at the under-17 World Championships. Shaw TV up in Kootenay did a nice feature on Skapski late in his rookie season, including the scary bus accident in 2010 that required reconstructive face and emergency brian surgery, nearly costing him a bright future:

Also considered for the award were Jordan Binnington, who set a new franchise record in Owen Sound for career wins with 66 while going 2-1-0-0 with two shutouts and s save percentage of .956. In the QMJHL, Michael Nishi of the Gatineau Olympiques went 2-0-0-0 with a shutout win posting a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .984.

Previous 2012-13 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Nov. 5 – Nov. 11 : Mac Carruth, Portland Winter hawks

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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