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Blackhawks prospect Carruth named CHL Goaltender of the Week

by CHL Media Release / Chicago Blackhawks

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Mac Carruth of the Portland Winterhawks is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 15 with a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .969.

Carruth made 95 saves in the three Winterhawks’ wins to help close the gap for top spot in the WHL’s U.S Division behind the top-ranked Tri-City Americans.  His first two victories of the week came at home against the Kelowna Rockets beginning Wednesday night with 33 saves as third star of the 4-2 win, followed by a 37-save performance as first star of a 2-1 win on Friday.  His week wrapped up with another first star performance on Saturday making 25 saves to record his second shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds.  Carruth has continued his strong play early on this week making 25 saves in a 5-1 win over the first place Americans Monday in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee game.

Carruth, a 19-year-old from Shorewood, Minnesota, is playing in his third WHL season with the Winterhawks.  Selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks, he currently leads the league with 28 wins and has a goals-against-average of 2.86 and save percentage of .908 in 41 games this season. 

Also considered for the award this week was Gabriel Girard of the Shawinigan Cataractes who posted a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 0.96 and a save percentage of .966.  In the OHL, Mark Visentin of the Niagara IceDogs went 2-0-0-0 with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .958.

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