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 April 22, 2018.
Skinner, who was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round, 78th overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft, maintained a perfect 3-0-0-0 record, 1.58 goals-against-average, stopped 100 of 105 shots for a .952 save percentage and one shutout as the Broncos advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship for the first time since 2001 and moved up 2-0 in the series against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Monday, Skinner began his week in style with a 25-save shutout of the Moose Jaw Warriors to close out their Round Two series. Skinner’s fourth shutout of the 2018 WHL Playoffs included nine saves in the first, nine in the second, and seven in the third. Skinner earned third star honours for the evening due to his efforts. It marked his third straight shutout at Mosaic Place during the series, stopping 101 of 105 shots on the road during the series.
In the series opener against the Hurricanes Friday, Skinner stopped 39 of 41 shots in a 3-2 victory for the Broncos. Skinner stopped all 23 shots by the Hurricanes through the first two periods and stopped 16 of 18 in the third to preserve the victory, earning second star honours in the game and third star honours for the night in the WHL.
Skinner’s week concluded with a 36-save performance in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Hurricanes. The Broncos trailed for the first time in the series at the conclusion of the second period, but Skinner responded by stopping all 18 shots in the third period and overtime combined, allowing the Broncos to score the tying goal in the third and win the game in overtime.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound product of Edmonton, Alta. has now played in 16 games during the 2018 WHL Playoffs, sporting a 10-6 record with two overtime losses, 2.10 GAA, .935 SV% and four shutouts. Skinner is tied for first among WHL goaltenders for GAA, second in SV%, and ranks first in victories and shutouts throughout the 2018 WHL Playoffs. Overall, Skinner has appeared in 40 career WHL Playoffs games, maintaining a 21-19 record with five overtime losses, 2.74 GAA, .920 SV% and four shutouts.
Originally selected in first round, 17th overall, by the Hurricanes in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Skinner has appeared in 207 WHL regular season games during his career, recording a 104-72-9-6 record, 3.22 GAA, .908 SV% and 12 shutouts. This week’s honour marks the fourth time Skinner has won the award since a mid-season trade brought him to Swift Current.
Skinner and the Broncos will be looking to take a 3-0 series advantage against the Hurricanes Tuesday, April 24 (7:00 p.m. MT) when the Eastern Conference Championship shifts to the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alta. for Game Three of the best-of-seven series.
WHL Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Stuart Skinner, Swift Current Broncos
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
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: 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.