Americans’ Patrick Dea named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Jonathon Howe/Victoria Royals


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Patrick Dea of the Tri-City Americans in the Western Hockey League is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending April 8 after posting a 2-0 record including one shutout for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .981.

Dea turned aside 52 of the 53 shots he faced last week, backstopping the Americans to a pair of wins against the Victoria Royals to open the second round of the 2018 WHL Playoffs. On Friday night in Game One, Dea recorded his second shutout of the post-season with a 27-save performance in a 7-0 decision, then made 25 saves in Game Two on Saturday, earning third star honours in the 4-1 victory. Dea and the Americans remain undefeated so far in these playoffs and look to continue their streak when action resumes Tuesday and Wednesday night on home ice.

A 21-year-old from St. Albert, Alta., this marks the second time in four weeks where Dea has received the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week honours. The veteran of four WHL seasons appeared in 47 games this season in his Americans, carrying a record of 22-14-7-0 with two shutouts along with a goals-against-average of 3.17 and save percentage of .913. The 5-foot-11, 169-pound goaltender had previously dressed for the Edmonton Oil Kings for three seasons after being chosen by the club in the first round, 22nd overall, of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. His playoff record now stands at 5-0 with a 2.33 GAA and .919 SV% as well as two shutouts.

Also considered for the award this week was Mario Culina of the Kitchener Rangers with one win and an overtime loss in their second round series against the Sarnia Sting making 61 saves to date for a goals-against-average of 2.30 and save percentage of .924. In the QMJHL playoffs, Matthew Welsh of the Charlottetown Islanders posted a 3-1-0-0 record in games against the Quebec Remparts and Halifax Mooseheads making 144 saves for a goals-against-average of 3.15 and save percentage of .917.

Dea and the Americans will look to remain perfect in the 2018 WHL Playoffs when they return home to the Toyota Centre to host the Victoria Royals in Game Three of their series on Tuesday, April 10 (7:05 p.m. PT).

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Patrick Dea, Tri-City Americans
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Patrick Dea, Tri-City Americans
Mar 5 – Mar.11: Etienne Montpetit (Victoriaville Tigres)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Shane Farkas (Portland Winterhawks)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Emanuel Vella (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Riley Lamb (Red Deer Rebels)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Brody Willms (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Zachary Bouthillier (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Mario Culina (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: James Porter (Kelowna Rockets)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Tristan Bérubé (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Anthony Morrone (Victoriaville Tigres)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 30: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranada Huskies)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Logan Flodell (Swift Current Broncos)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.

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