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Cougars’ Gauthier named WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week

Judy Simpson/Tri-City Americans

 

Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that 2019 NHL Draft prospect Taylor Gauthier of the Prince George Cougars has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week and league nominee for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 13, 2019.

Playing in four games this week, Gauthier posted a 3-1-0-0 record, 1.26 goals-against-average, stopped 97 of 102 shots for a 0.951 save percentage, and recorded two shutouts as the Cougars wrapped up a road trip and made their triumphant return home with a weekend sweep of the Kelowna Rockets at the CN Centre.

Gauthier’s week began with a 36-save shutout against the Tri-City Americans, where he stopped 13 shots in the first, 14 in the second, and nine more in the third for the victory as the Americans went 0-for-3 on the power play. Gauthier was named the first star of the game and the first star of the night in the WHL for his efforts.

After stopping 23 of 26 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Spokane Chiefs the next night, Gauthier returned home with his club for a pair of games against the Rockets. In the first game of the weekend, Gauthier stopped 18 of 20 shots in a 7-2 win for the Cougars. That performance was followed up with a 20-save shutout in a 4-0 win against the Rockets, where the Rockets went 0-for-5 on the power play.

The Calgary, Alta. product has impressed in his second season with the Cougars, posting a 12-15-1-1 record, 2.94 GAA, 0.905 SV%, and three shutouts. Gauthier’s three shutouts this season put him halfway to tying the single season franchise record set by Scott Bowles during the 2005-06 WHL Regular Season. He’s also a quarter of the way to tying Real Cyr’s mark of 12 for the most shutouts in franchise history.

Originally selected ninth overall by the Cougars at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Gauthier has appeared in 64 WHL regular season games, posting a 20-33-2-3 record, 3.43 GAA, 0.895 SV%, and three shutouts.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound goaltender is one of three goaltenders to receive a ‘B’ rating from NHL Central Scouting ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft in their ‘Players to Watch’ List. Gauthier played a part in Alberta capturing the 2016 WHL Cup and won gold with Canada at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup last August.

In  the midst of a six-game home stand, the Cougars will play host to the Prince Albert Raiders Wednesday, January 16 (7:00 p.m. PT).

WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Taylor Gauthier, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Nolan Maier, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 27 – Dec. 30: Dean McNabb, Regina Pats
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Mads Sogaard, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jiri Patera, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Max Paddock, Regina Pats
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Trent Miner, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner, Vancouver Giants 
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders
Sept. 21 – Sept. 23: Dylan Ferguson, Kamloops Blazers

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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