Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Victoria Royals goaltender Shane Farkas has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending December 8, 2019.
Farkas played 152 minutes of action for the Royals over the previous week, sporting a 2-0-0-0 record, 1.19 goals-against average, and stopped 77 of 80 shots for a 0.963 save percentage. Farkas’ performance kept the Royals among the top three teams in the B.C. Division nearing the holiday break with a 15-9-2-0 record through 26 games.
The 20-year-old from Penticton, B.C. began his week with a 33-save performance in a 3-1 win against the Vancouver Giants. Farkas stopped all 22 shots through 40 minutes before allowing a single goal on 12 shots in the third period. He was named the first star of the game and the WHL’s second star of the night for his performance.
In Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds, Farkas appeared in relief for the Royals, stopping 13 of 14 shots in 31:42 of action.
Taking over the net for Saturday’s contest, Farkas delivered another strong performance with a 31-save performance in a 3-1 win against Seattle. Farkas allowed one goal on 11 shots in the opening period, then stopped all 21 shots through the final 40 minutes for the Royals. He was named the first star of the game for his performance.
In the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season, Farkas has compiled an 11-4-1-0 record, 2.54 GAA, and 0.918 SV% in 17 games. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound Farkas was chosen by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the fourth round, 67th overall, of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
For his WHL career, Farkas has appeared in 101 WHL regular season games, posting a 58-28-4-4 record, 2.89 GAA, 0.905 SV%, and seven shutouts with the Portland Winterhawks and Royals.
Up next for Farkas and the Royals is a trip to northern British Columbia to take on the Prince George Cougars with the first of two games starting on Friday, December 13 (7:00 p.m. PT) at the CN Centre.
WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week
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.