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Evanoff named WHL Goaltender of the Week

Award marks first time this season Tribe goaltender receives league honour
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Moose Jaw Warriors goalie Adam Evanoff makes a glove save during a recent game. (Matthew Gourlie photograph)

Moose Jaw Warriors goaltender Adam Evanoff appears to be getting hot at the perfect time of the season, and the Western Hockey League has taken notice.

The WHL announced Monday that Evanoff has been named the Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending Mar. 17.

In two appearances this week, Evanoff posted a 2-0-0-0 record, maintained a 1.50 goals-against-average, and stopped 52 of 55 shots for a .945 save percentage as the Warriors ended their season on a three-game winning streak.

Evanoff stopped 29 of 31 shots Wednesday in a 6-2 win against the Brandon Wheat Kings. With his team leading 3-1 entering the third period, Evanoff stopped 15 of 16 shots in the frame to hold the Wheat Kings at bay.

The 18-year-old Penticton, B.C. product then stopped 23 of 24 shots in the Warriors 6-1 win in Swift Current that saw the team set a franchise record for road wins in a season.

Evanoff finished the regular season with a 19-10-2-1 record in 36 games while maintaining a 2.62 goals against average and .916 save percentage to go along with one shutout. For his WHL career, Evanoff has played in 56 WHL regular season games and posted a 34-14-2-2 record, 2.63 GAA, .912 save percentage and one shutout.

The honour marks the sixth time this season a Warriors player has won a weekly award, as Tristin Langan (player of the week, Nov. 12-18), Jett Woo (Dec. 3-9), Justin Almeida in back-to-back weeks (Jan. 14-20 and Jan. 21-27) and Brayden Tracey (Feb. 18-24) were all previously honoured. Tracey was also named the CHL Player of the Week for Feb. 18-24.

The Warriors will begin their first-round series against the Saskatoon Blades Friday at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. Games 3 and 4 are in Moose Jaw Mar. 26 and 27.

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