CALGARY, AB. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks forward Brad Ross is the WHL Player of the Week.
Ross collected four points, scoring two goals and two assists while maintained a +3 rating in two games over the last week, helping the Winterhawks capture the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Championship with a 4-0 series win over the Tri-City Americans.
On Wednesday, April 25th, the Winterhawks played host to the Tri-City Americans at the Rose Garden holding a 2-0 series lead in the Western Conference Championship. Ross scored one goal and one assist in the Winterhawks 3-1 win over the Americans. The next night, Thursday, April 26th, Ross had another one goal and one assist performance as the Winterhawks downed the Americans 4-1.
The Portland Winterhawks have advanced to the WHL Championship Series with a 4-0 series victory of the Tri-City Americans in the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Championship. The Winterhawks will now face the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL Championship Series with the first two games schedule for Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4 at 7:00pm MT in Edmonton at Rexall Place.
Ross, a 20-year-old (born 1992) from Lethbridge, AB, is playing his fourth full season with the Portland Winterhawks. The ‘Hawks made him the 5th overall selection at the 2007 WHL Draft and was selected in the 2nd round (43rd overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. During the 2011-12 WHL regular season Ross set career highs in goals (42) and points (82). He currently sits 4th among all WHL scorers in the playoffs with 20 points (12 goals, 8 assists) in 15 games played.
The WHL has also nominated Mac Carruth of the Portland Winterhawks for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Carruthposted a 2-0-0-0 record this past week, stopping 77 of 79 shots faced for a 1.00 goals-against average and 0.975 save percentage. Carruth, a native of Shorewood, MN, helped the Winterhawks emerge with a 4-0 series win over the Tri-City Americans in the Kal Tire WHL Western Conference Final.
WHL Player of the Week – 2012 WHL Playoffs
Apr. 23 – Apr. 29: Brad Ross, Portland Winterhawks
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Klarc Wilson, Edmonton Oil Kings
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Brendan Ranford, Kamloops Blazers
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Jordan Martinook, Vancouver Giants
WHL Player of the Week
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Matej Stransky, Saskatoon Blades
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers
Feb. 27 – Mar. 4: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Brendan Shinnimin, Tri-City Americans
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Michael Ferland, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brendan Ranford, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Dominik Uher, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 27 – Jan. 1: Dalton Thrower, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 2 – Dec. 18: Patrick Holland, Tri-City Americans
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Mike Winther, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Alex Petrovic, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Cody Beach, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Sven Bartschi, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Emerson Etem, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings
Sept. 22 – Sept. 25: Adam Hughesman, Tri-City Americans