Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender Sebastian Cossa has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending December 15, 2019.
The 17-year-old Cossa appeared in 124 minutes of action over the previous week, posting a 2-0-0-0 record, 0.97 goals-against average, and stopped 53 of 55 shots for a 0.964 save percentage.
After appearing briefly in Wednesday’s 3-1 win against the Swift Current Broncos, Cossa helped the Oil Kings complete a sweep of a two-game set against the divisional opponent with a 25-save performance in a 5-1 win. Cossa stopped 12 shots in the first, three in the second, and 10 in the third to earn the victory.
Heading onto the road Saturday, Cossa stood tall against another divisional opponent, stopping 28 of 29 shots in a 7-1 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers. Cossa stopped seven of eight shots in the first period, then stopped all 21 shots through the final 40 minutes to earn the victory. During the two full games, opposing power plays went a combined 0-for-8 on the power play.
A 6-foot-5, 206-pound product of Fort McMurray, Alta., Cossa has emerged as one of the better young goaltenders in the league this season, posting a 12-2-1-1 record, 2.09 GAA, 0.925 SV%, and two shutouts in 19 games. Cossa is ranked third in GAA, third in SV%, is tied for fifth in shutouts and is tied for sixth in wins. The Oil Kings selected Cossa in the second round, 36th overall, of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
Having played their final game before the WHL’s holiday break, Cossa and the Oil Kings will return to action on Friday, December 27 (7:00 p.m. MT) when they being a home-and-home series against the Red Deer Rebels at Westerner Park Centrium.
WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week
December 9 – December 15: Sebastian Cossa, Edmonton Oil Kings
December 2 – December 8: Shane Farkas, Victoria Royals
November 25 – December 1: Roman Basran, Kelowna Rockets
November 18 – November 24: Roman Basran, Kelowna Rockets
November 11 – November 17: David Tendeck, Vancouver Giants
November 4 – November 10: Trent Miner, Vancouver Giants
October 28 – November 3: Joel Hofer, Portland Winterhawks
October 21 – October 27: Shane Farkas, Victoria Royals
October 14 – October 20: Dylan Garand, Kamloops Blazers
October 7 – October 13: Joel Hofer, Portland Winterhawks
September 30 – October 6: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
September 23 – September 29: Beck Warm, Tri-City Americans
September 20 – September 22: Roddy Ross, Seattle Thunderbirds
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.