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Schneider named Vaughn WHL Goalie of the Week

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Calgary Flames prospect Nick Schneider has been named the Vaughn WHL Goalie of the Week, which nominates him for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award.

Schneider, who signed an entry-level deal with the Flames on Sept. 23, went 2-1-0 with the Medicine Hat Tigers last week, posting a 1.18 GAA and a .958 save percentage.

In his first game of the week, Schneider was named the first star in a Tigers 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings. He made 25 saves in the victory.

He followed that up with 19-save performance against the Calgary Hitmen on Friday. The Tigers fell 2-0 in that contest but Schneider was named the game's second star for his efforts.

On Saturday, the 18-year-old was called on in relief of Mack Sheilds in another match-up with the Hitmen and ended up turning aside 25 of the 26 shots he faced. He helped lead his club to a 7-5 victory over Calgary.

Schneider has played in 64 games in the WHL over the last four seasons, recording a 2.93 GAA and a .896 save percentage. He went undrafted this past summer and ended up getting an invite to join the Flames at the 2015 Young Stars Classic in Penticton. He turned heads there and at the Flames training camp, earning him a deal with the organization.

"I think his play, his work ethic, his compete, and his attitude has impressed our goalie coaches, our management, and our scouts. We were looking to bring another goaltender into Penticton and he came recommended through a number of people, including our scouts," assistant general manager Brad Pascall said earlier this year.

"He was a guy that really had an attitude of competing hard and really impressing. What he did was come into camp and impressed. Because of that, we felt that he was a player that we want in our organization and are excited to have in our organization."

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