Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that 2019 NHL Draft hopeful Mads Søgaard of the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending February 10 with a 3-0-0-0 record and a goals-against average of 1.30 and save percentage of .960.
Søgaard claims the honour for the second time this season after turning aside 96 shots in three games to help the Tigers improve to 31-18-3-2 on the season. Against the Kootenay ICE on Wednesday, Søgaard stopped 23 shots in an eventual 6-3 victory. Two nights later, Søgaard received first star honours following his 41-save performance against the Everett Silvertips to earn his third shutout of the season in a 1-0 win. He then wrapped the week Sunday with 32 saves against the Portland Winterhawks en route to a 2-1 victory and back-to-back first star honours.
The 18-year-old from Aalborg, Denmark is competing in his first season in the Western Hockey League after being selected in the first round, 32nd overall, by the Tigers in the 2018 CHL Import Draft. In 27 games this season, the 6-foot-7, 190-pound goaltender has notched a 15-4-2 record alongside a .935 save percentage and 2.19 goals-against average. Søgaard was listed third among North American goaltenders in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2019 NHL Draft.
Also considered for the award this week was Tristan Cote-Cazenave of the Victoriaville Tigres who posted a 2-0-0-1 record, including back-to-back shutouts for a goals-against average of 1.33 and save percentage of .960. In the OHL, Los Angeles Kings prospect Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads went 3-0-0-0, stopping 86 shots for a goals-against average of 1.26 and save percentage of .956.
Up next, the Tigers will host the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday, February 13 (7:00 p.m. MT) at Canalta Centre.
2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Feb. 4 – Feb. 11: Mads Søgaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Jet Greaves (Barrie Colts)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Olivier Rodrigue (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Ivan Prosvetov (Saginaw Spirit)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Mads Søgaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Kyle Jessiman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
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.