November 2, 2012, Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Cam Lanigan, of the Medicine Hat Tigers, has been named the VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month for September/October, while JC Lipon, of the Kamloops Blazers, has been named the HUSKY WHL Player of the Month for September/October.
The 20 year-old Lanigan posted a 6-1-0-0 record through September and October with one shut-out. Lanigan’s remarkable 1.80 goals-against average and 0.941 save percentage leads all WHL goaltenders (minimum 300 minutes played), allowing just 14 goals on 237 shots-against in 466 minutes played, averaging 30 shots a game.
Lanigan won three straight starts with the Portland Winterhawks before joining the Tigers on October 17. Since arriving in Medicine Hat he has posted a 4-1-0-0 record helping the Tigers improve to .500, to start the season 8-8-1-0. His efforts also earned him a Three Star selection four times, with two being 1st Stars.
Lanigan, a Calgary, AB native, is in his fifth season of play in the Western Hockey League, originally drafted by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the 6th round of the 2007 WHL Draft.
The 19 year-old Lipon has had an incredible to start to the season recording 40 points in 17 games through September/October. Lipon leads all WHL goal scorers finding the net 16 times, with assists on 24 others, all while maintaining a plus minus rating of +17. He is presently amidst the WHL’s second longest point streak this season, behind teammate Colin Smith (17 games), collecting points his last 14 games played.
Lipon’s consistent play has helped the Kamloops Blazers remain undefeated in regulation time thus far, posting an incredible 16-0-0-1 record to season. His efforts have also earned him a Three Star selection eight times, with four being 1st Stars.
From Regina, SK, Lipon is in his fourth full season with the Kamloops Blazers. Originally a list player by the Blazers, Lipon has gone on to appear in 204 career WHL games, gathering 41 goals, 98 assists for a total of 139 points. For the week ending October 7 and 14, he was named WHL and CHL Player of the Week and this is Lipon’s first Husky WHL Player of the Month Award.