Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today that Medicine Hat Tigers goaltender Mads Søgaard has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 1, 2020.
Over 120 minutes of action, the Ottawa Senators prospect posted a 2-0-0-0 record, 1.00 goals-against average, stopped 36 of 38 shots for a 0.947 save percentage, and recorded one shutout. The pair of wins kept the Tigers in the thick of the Central Division race with a 37-19-2-1 record through 59 games, giving them 77 points.
Friday, Søgaard made 18 saves on 20 shots in an 8-2 victory on the road against the Regina Pats. Søgaard made four saves in the first, seven in the second, and nine in the third to tend to the crease throughout the contest. Hosting the Pats at the Canalta Centre Saturday, Søgaard posted an 18-save shutout in a 2-0 win over the Pats. The 19-year-old goaltender made nine saves in the first, faced zero shots in the second, and added nine more stops in the third. Søgaard was named the third star of the game for his performance.
The 6-foot-7, 200-pound product of Aalborg, Denmark has continued his solid play between the pipes for the Tigers this season, posting a 19-13-1-1 record, 2.62 GAA, 0.903 SV%, and four shutouts in 35 games. At the 2019 NHL Draft, the Senators chose Søgaard in the second round, 37th overall.
Originally selected 32nd overall by the Tigers in the 2018 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Søgaard has appeared in 72 WHL regular season games with Medicine Hat. Over that span, Søgaard has compiled a 38-21-3-3 record, 2.63 GAA, 0.913 SV%, and seven shutouts. His seven shutouts are tied for fourth all-time in franchise history. Søgaard has also appeared in six WHL playoff games, posting a 2-3-1-0 record, 3.16 GAA, 0.919 SV%, and one shutout.
Having already secured a spot in the 2020 #WHLPlayoffs, the Tigers will continue their five-game home stand on Tuesday, March 3 (7 p.m. MT) hosting the Swift Current Broncos at the Canalta Centre.
WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week
February 24 – March 1: Mads Søgaard, Medicine Hat Tigers
February 17 – February 23: Dustin Wolf, Everett Silvertips
February 10 – February 16: Max Paddock, Prince Albert Raiders
February 3 – February 9: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
January 27 – February 2: Max Paddock, Prince Albert Raiders
January 20 – January 26: Taylor Gauthier, Prince George Cougars
January 13 – January 19: Jiri Patera, Brandon Wheat Kings
January 6 – January 12: Shane Farkas, Victoria Royals
December 30 – January 5: Jiri Patera, Brandon Wheat Kings
December 23 – December 29: Max Paddock, Regina Pats
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.