Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Swift Current Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner has been named WHL Goaltender of the Week and league nominee for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 25, 2018.
Skinner, selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round, 78th overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft, earned a win and a loss while maintaining a 1.01 goals-against-average, .970 save percentage, and one shutout in the first two games of the Broncos’ first round series against the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup host Regina Pats.
Friday, Skinner stopped all 34 shots sent his way in a 3-0 shutout of the Pats, giving the Broncos a 1-0 advantage in the series. Skinner made 14 saves in the first, eight in the second, and 12 in the third for his first career WHL Playoffs shutout. The Pats went scoreless on four power-play opportunities throughout the game as the Broncos took the lead 3:43 into the first period and never looked back. Skinner’s efforts Friday earned him first star honours in the game as well as first star honours for the night across the WHL.
Saturday, Skinner stopped 30 of 32 shots directed his way in a tight 2-1 loss to the Pats to even up the series. The Pats were successful on one of their five power-play opportunities throughout the contest. Skinner kept the Broncos in the game, stopping 19 of 20 shots through two periods to keep the deficit at just a single goal for the majority of the contest.
Skinner has now appeared in 26 career WHL Playoff games, maintaining a 12-11-3-0 record, 3.01 GAA, and .915 SV% with one shutout. Through the first weekend of action in the 2018 WHL Playoffs, Skinner leads all goaltenders in GAA, SV%, is tied for the league-lead in shutouts while also sitting in a tie for third with one victory.
Originally selected by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Skinner has appeared in 207 career WHL regular season games, posting a 104-72-9-6 record, 3.22 GAA, .908 SV% and 12 shutouts.
Skinner and the Broncos will be looking to gain the advantage in their series Monday, March 26 (7:00 p.m. MT) when the series heads to the Brandt Centre for game three of the best-of-seven series.
WHL Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Patrick Dea, Tri-City Americans
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Shane Farkas, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Riley Lamb, Red Deer Rebels
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Brody Willms, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Riley Lamb, Red Deer Rebels
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Nolan Maier, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 27 – Dec. 31: James Porter, Kelowna Rockets
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: David Tendeck, Vancouver Giants
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: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Brody Willms, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 23 — Oct. 29: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Dawson Weatherill, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Logan Flodell, Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tavin Grant, Prince George Cougars
Sept. 22 – Sept. 24: Griffen Outhouse, Victoria Royals
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.