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Cole Kehler Named WHL Goaltender of the Week

It’s back-to-back awards for Winterhawks’ goaltenders.

The Western Hockey League announced today Winterhawks’ goaltender Cole Kehler has been named WHL Goaltender of the Week and league nominee for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 11, 2018.

This is the second straight week a Winterhawks’ goalie has been given the honor, as last week it was awarded to Shane Farkas.

Kehler, a signed prospect of the Los Angeles Kings, went 3-0-0-0 with a 1.23 goals-against-average, .947 save-percentage and one shutout to keep the Winterhawks’ pursuit of a U.S. Division and Western Conference title alive.

He backstopped the Winterhawks to two mid-week victories against the Prince George Cougars. Stopping 20 of 23 shots Tuesday and 18 of 19 shots Wednesday, Kehler and the Winterhawks won by 4-3 and 7-1 scores respectively.

In a battle between the two top teams in the Western Conference Sunday, Kehler gave the Winterhawks the edge, stopping all 28 shots sent his way for his second straight shutout against the Silvertips and fourth of the season overall.

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This award marks the third time this season Kehler has earned WHL Goaltender of the Week honors, earning the award back in October and November. He was also twice named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week.

The 6-foot-4, 203-pound product of Altona, Man. has been a guiding force between the pipes for the Winterhawks for a second straight season, going 29-15-1-4 in 51 games while maintaining a 2.72 GAA, .910 SV% and recording the four aforementioned shutouts. This year, Kehler is ranked second in the league for GAA, fifth in SV%, tied for fourth in victories and tied for third in shutouts.

The Winterhawks are in action on Friday, March 16th when they begin a home-and-home series against the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Moda Center. Tickets are available HERE! 

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