WHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

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HURRICANES’ WONG NAMED
WHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Western Hockey League announced today that Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Tyler Wong has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 5, 2017.

Wong registered 10 points (3G-7A) in four games to help the Hurricanes go 4-0-0-0 on an East Division road swing this past week.

On Tuesday, February 28, Wong recorded two goals, including the short-handed game-winner and the power-play insurance marker, as well as an assist in a 4-1 win at Regina, earning second star honours. He followed up with another assist on Wednesday, March 1 in a 3-2 overtime win at Brandon before adding another three points (1G-2A) to his ledger in a 5-2 win at Prince Albert on Friday, March 3, being recognized as third star. Finally, Wong wrapped up the weekend with three assists on Saturday, March 4, in a 5-4 overtime win at Saskatoon.

This is the second time Wong has been recognized as WHL Player of the Week this season, after he was first tabbed with the honour for the week ending January 15, 2017. He was also recognized as the WHL Player of the Month for December.

A 21-year-old product of Cochrane, AB, Wong ranks first in WHL goal scoring with 48 tallies and third in overall production with 101 points (48G-53A) in 63 games. Wong’s 2016-17 totals represent new career highs across the board.

As it stands, the Hurricanes captain is riding a 10-game point streak in which he has collected 24 points (9G-15A) dating back to Sunday, February 12.

The 5-foot-9, 176-pound right winger made his professional debut on April 9, 2016, after signing an amateur tryout with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Wong collected one assist over the course of three games with the Marlies. He is now an NHL free agent.

Originally selected by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the fifth round (101st) of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, Wong has skated in 311 career WHL regular season contest, amassing 290 points (140G-150A) along the way.

ROCKETS’ HERRINGER NAMED
WHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

Western Hockey League announced today that Kelowna Rockets goaltender Michael Herringer has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Week and the league nominee for Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 5, 2017.

The 21-year-old Herringer went 3-0-0-0 with a 1.10 goals-against average, .961 save percentage and 74 saves this past week, helping the Rockets continue their climb up the B.C. Division standings.

On Wednesday, March 1, Herringer stopped 25 shots in a 5-1 win versus Prince George, earning second star recognition. On Friday, March 3, he made 34 saves plus another six stops in the shootout as the Rockets earned a 3-2 shootout win at Everett. Herringer rounded out his week by entering in relief on Saturday, March 14, turning aside all 15 pucks sent his way to help the Rockets execute a 4-2 come-from-behind victory versus Tri-City.

This marks the second time this season Herringer has been recognized with WHL Goaltender of the Week honours. He was previously acknowledged for the week ending October 23, 2016.

In a career-high 50 appearances this season, the product of Comox, BC, is 29-14-3-0 with a 2.85 GAA, .902 SV% and one shutout.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound goaltender was originally selected by the Victoria Royals in the ninth round (188th) of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft. In 110 career regular season contests split between Victoria and Kelowna, Herringer is 67-28-5-0 with a 2.91 GAA, .903 SV% and four shutouts.

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