WINTERHAWKS’ KEHLER NAMED WHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

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Calgary, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks goaltender Cole Kehler 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 19, 2017.

The 19-year-old Kehler went 2-0-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .971 save percentage and 66 saves this past week.

On Tuesday, March 14, Kehler stopped 35 of 36 shots in a 6-1 win at Tri-City and was named first star. On Saturday, March 18, Kehler turned aside 31 of 32 shots in a 4-1 win at Seattle and was named second star for his efforts.

In 56 appearances this season, the product of Altona, MB, went 32-17-0-3 with a 3.10 GAA, .910 SV% and two shutouts. He finished the regular season among the WHL leaders in minutes played (fifth – 3,151), shots faced (fifth – 1,812), saves (fifth – 1,649) and wins (T-6th).

This serves as the second WHL Goaltender of the Week recognition for Kehler this season, as he also starred for the week ending January 29.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound goaltender was originally selected in the sixth round (123rd) by the Kamloops Blazers at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. In 88 career WHL regular season contests, Kehler has compiled a record of 36-35-2-3 with a 3.66 GAA, .893 SV% and two shutouts. The 2016-17 campaign marked his first in Portland after an off-season trade from the Kamloops Blazers.

Kehler and the Portland Winterhawks finished in the first wild card position in the Western Conference and will face the B.C. Division-champion Prince George Cougars in a best-of-seven series to open the 2017 WHL Playoffs. Game 1 is scheduled for Friday, March 24 (7 p.m. PT) at the CN Centre in Prince George.

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