Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Tri-City Americans goaltender Patrick Dea has been named WHL Goaltender of the Week and league nominee for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 18, 2018.
Dea stood tall in net for 151:26 of action this past week, going 2-0-0-0 with a 1.58 goals-against-average, and stopped 78 of 82 shots for a .951 save percentage as the Americans locked down the first of two wild card spots in the Western Conference.
Taking on the U.S. Division champion Everett Silvertips Tuesday, Dea stopped 33 of 35 shots to secure a 4-2 victory for the Americans. Friday, Dea stopped 36 of 37 shots to score a 2-1 victory over the Spokane Chiefs, earning first star honours in the game. In the Americans’ regular season finale Sunday, Dea split the duties between the pipes with teammate Beck Warm, stopping nine of 10 shots in 31:26 of action during a 5-2 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds, earning third star honours in the contest.
The strong week concluded what has been a strong finish to the regular season for the overage goaltender, who went 5-1-1-0 in the month of March with a 2.62 GAA, and .925 SV%. Overall, this season was a career one for Dea, who registered a 22-14-7-0 record, 3.17 GAA, and .913 SV% with two shutouts.
A 5-foot-11, 169-pound goaltender from St. Albert, Alta., Dea was originally selected by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the first round, 22nd overall, of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. Since then, Dea has had a solid 170-game regular season career in the WHL, sporting a 70-69-13-2 record with a 3.29 GAA, and .897 SV% as well as four shutouts.
The victory by the 21-year-old Dea marks the 12th time this season the WHL Goaltender of the Week Award has been awarded to a goaltender in the U.S. Division. The East Division has won the award six times while the B.C. Division has captured four of the honours with the Central Division capturing the award three times.
Dea will look to continue his successful season into the 2018 WHL Playoffs when the Americans open up their first round playoff series against the Kelowna Rockets on Thursday, March 22 (7:05 p.m. PDT) at Prospera Place.
WHL Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
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.