WHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

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ROCKETS’ GARDINER NAMED
WHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Kelowna Rockets forward Reid Gardiner has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 16, 2017.

Gardiner exploded for 12 points (6G-6A) in three games, helping the Rockets advance to the Western Conference Championship series for the fourth consecutive year following a five-game victory over the Portland Winterhawks.

On Tuesday, April 11, Gardiner provided two assists in a 4-2 loss at Portland to start his big week. On Wednesday, April 12, he stepped it up a notch by scoring two power-play goals, one of which was the game-winner, and adding another two assists in a 7-2 win at Portland, earning first-star recognition. If four points wasn’t impressive enough, Gardiner registered four goals – including three on the man advantage, the game-winning goal and an insurance tally – along with two assists on Friday, April 14 in a 6-2 win versus Portland as the Rockets clinched their second-round series in five games and advanced to the Western Conference Championship series.

Gardiner, who was acquired by the Rockets from the Prince Albert Raiders prior to the WHL Trade Deadline, currently leads the WHL Playoffs in scoring with 22 points (12G-10A) in 11 games.

The 21-year-old product of Humboldt, Sask., finished the WHL regular season with 37 points (18G-19A) in 28 games after returning from the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins where he started the campaign.

The 5-foot-11, 198-pound right winger accumulated 257 points (124G-133A) in 290 career WHL regular season outings. Additionally, he has 31 points (17G-14A) to his credit through 25 career WHL playoff games.

He was originally a first-round pick (eighth overall) of the Raiders at the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

Gardiner and the Rockets take on the Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Conference Championship series, which begins this Friday, April 21 (7:35 p.m. PT) at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash.

PATS’ BROWN NAMED
WHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

Regina Pats goaltender Tyler Brown has been named the WHL Goaltender of the Week and the league nominee for Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending April 16, 2017.

The 20-year-old Brown went 2-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and 159 saves over 290 minutes played as the Regina Pats erased a 3-1 series deficit to force a deciding Game 7 (Monday at 7 p.m. MT) in their second-round series with the Swift Current Broncos.

On Monday, April 17, Brown stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced and was named second star in a 2-1 overtime loss at Swift Current. On Tuesday, April 11, Brown then stopped 64 of 69 shots in a 5-4 triple-overtime loss at Swift Current. Facing elimination, Brown turned aside 30 of the 32 shots sent his way on Friday, April 14 in a 3-2 win versus Swift Current, being recognized as second star for his efforts. Finally, Brown made 34 saves on 37 shots on Saturday, April 15 in a 5-3 win at Swift Current as the Pats forced Game 7 back in Regina Monday.

To this point in the 2017 WHL Playoffs, Brown is 7-3 with a 1.98 GAA and .935 SV%. He sits among the WHL Playoffs leaders in GAA (first), SV% (third), wins (T-2nd), minutes played (665 – fourth) and saves (315 – fourth).

Brown, who is in his third WHL campaign, went 33-8-5-1 with a 2.64 GAA, .911 SV% and five shutouts in 50 regular season appearances.

The 6-foot-1, 178-pound product of Winnipeg has gone 61-34-7-6 with a 2.94 GAA, .908 SV% and seven shutouts in 119 career WHL regular season appearances.

In 22 career WHL post-season contests, Brown is 14-8 with a 2.36 GAA, .925 SV% and two shutouts.

Brown and the Pats will look to utilize home ice as they host the Swift Current Broncos for a winner-take-all Game 7 to close out their second-round series Monday night (7 p.m. MT) at the Brandt Centre.

WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 23 – Sept. 25: Chad Butcher, Medicine Hat Tigers
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Sam Steel, Regina Pats
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Kale Clague, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Connor Hobbs, Regina Pats
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Alexander True, Seattle Thunderbirds
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Jayden Halbgewachs, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Sergey Zborovskiy, Regina Pats
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Calvin Thurkauf, Kelowna Rockets
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Deven Sideroff, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Brayden Burke, Moose Jaw Warriors
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Tyler Wong, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Tyler Soy, Victoria Royals
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jake Bean, Calgary Hitmen
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Kole Lind, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds
Feb. 20 – Feb. 27: Nick Henry, Regina Pats
Feb. 28 – March 5: Tyler Wong, Lethbridge Hurricanes
March 6 – March 12: Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks
March 13 – March 19: Brandon Hagel, Red Deer Rebels
March 20 – March 27: Sam Steel, Regina Pats
March 28 – April 2:  Ethan Bear, Seattle Thunderbirds
April 3 – April 9: Giorgio Estephan, Lethbridge Hurricanes
April 10 – April 16: Reid Gardiner, Kelowna Rockets

WHL Goaltender of the Week/Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week nominee
Sept. 23 – Sept. 25: Travis Child, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Nick Schneider, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell, Saskatoon Blades
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic, Vancouver Giants
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Michael Herringer, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Payton Lee, Kootenay ICE
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Dylan Ferguson, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Ty Edmonds, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse, Victoria Royals
Jan. 1 – Jan. 8: Rylan Parenteau, Tri-City Americans
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Rylan Toth, Seattle Thunderbirds
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Stuart Skinner, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brodan Salmond, Kelowna Rockets
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 20 – Feb. 27: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors
Feb. 28 – March 5: Michael Herringer, Kelowna Rockets
March 6 – March 12: Tyler Brown, Regina Pats
March 13 – 19: Cole Kehler, Portland Winterhawks
March 20 – 27: Michael Herringer, Kelowna Rockets
March 28 – April 2: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
April 3 – April 9: Jordan Papirny, Swift Current Broncos
April 10 – April 16: Tyler Brown, Regina Pats

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