Shawinigan Cataractes goaltender Marvin Cupper, a 2013 NHL Draft prospect, was honored by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Wednesday as Telus Third Star of the Week.
The 18-year-old goalie, in his first season in North America, stopped 64 of 68 shots in two games last week. He made 27 saves on 29 shots Friday in a 2-1 loss to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, but returned one night later to stop 37 of 39 shots in a 3-2 defeat of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
The solid week could be a good sign for Cupper and the Cataractes, who have struggled after winning the Memorial Cup last year. In 18 games this season, Cupper is 4-11-2 with a 3.64 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. Shawinigan enters the week 17th in the 18-team QMJHL, and their 37 goals (in 20 games) are 19 fewer than the second-lowest scoring team.
Cupper, who was passed over in the 2012 draft, had a 2.96 GAA and .902 save percentage in 20 games for Eisbaren Berlin's team Germany's Under-18 league. He also played four games for Germany at the 2012 World Under-18 Championship.
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