Raiders’ Bardaro Named Denny’s WHL Player of the Week

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December 31, 2012, CALGARY, AB. (ISN) – The Western Hockey League announced today that Prince Albert Raiders’ forward Anthony Bardaro is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week.

Bardaro collected seven points, scoring four goals and three assists to go with a +4 rating, in two games over the past week, helping the Raiders to a 2-0-0-0 record in that span.

On Friday, December 28, the Raiders played host to the Saskatoon Blades at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert. Bardaro scored the game winning goal, added three assists and was named the games’ 1st Star, in the Raiders 5-4 win over the Blades. The next night, Saturday, December 29, the Blades welcomed the Raiders to the Credit Union Centre for the back-half of the home-and-home holiday series. Bardaro scored three goals, including the game winner, and was named the games’ 1st Star in the Raiders 4-2 victory over the Blades.

Bardaro currently sits 33rd among all WHL scorers with 36 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 36 games played thus far this season. The Raiders are 6-3-0-1 in their past ten contests and currently sit 1st in the WHL East Division with a 24-11-0-3 record for 51 points.

A 20-year-old from Delta, BC, Bardaro is in his fourth full season in the Western Hockey League. Originally a 6th round WHL Draft pick by Spokane, Bardaro spent two and a half seasons with the Chiefs before joining the Raiders midway through the 2011-12 season.

The WHL has also nominated Austin Lotz of the Everett Silvertips for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Lotz posted a 2-0-0-0 record this past week with one shut-out, stopping 72 of 74 shots faced for a 0.973 save-percentage and 0.98 goals-against average. Lotz, a 17-year-old rookie from St. Adolphe, MB, helped lead the ‘Tips to a pair of victories over the Seattle Thunderbirds on December 28 (2-1, 1st Star) and December 29 (2-1 OT, 2nd Star).

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week

Dec. 17 – Dec. 30: Anthony Bardaro, Prince Albert Raiders
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Josh Nicholls, Saskatoon Blades
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jaimen Yakubowski, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 19 – 25: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 12 – 18: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Justin Feser, Tri-City Americans
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Curtis Valk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Colin Smith, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: JC Lipon, Kamloops Blazers
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 20 – Sept. 23: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks

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