Portland Winterhawks' Shane Farkas named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Shane Farkas of the Portland Winterhawks is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 4th.

This comes after Farkas posted a 3-0-0-0 record including two shutout victories with a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .961.

Farkas turned aside 99 shots last week, helping the Winterhawks keep pace in the WHL’s competitive U.S. Division standings, where they hold a second place record of 40-20-1-4 heading into the season’s final two weeks.

Farkas put together back-to-back shutouts against the Tri-City Americans including Tuesday with 37 saves in a 9-0 win where he earned second star honours, and Saturday with 30 saves in the 5-0 victory.

His week wrapped up Sunday with a 32-save performance in a 7-4 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds.

This marks the third week a Winterhawks goaltender has been recognized following two early season honours by Cole Kehler (Los Angeles Kings).

WHL goaltenders have now captured the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week 12 of the 23 times it has been awarded this season, leading the QMJHL and OHL, who have earned six and five of the weekly honours respectively.

Originally selected by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the fourth round, 67th overall, of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, the 19-year-old Farkas is a product of Penticton, B.C. and in his second season with the Winterhawks.

This season he’s posted a 14-5-0-0 record including eight straight wins since January 27 with an overall goals-against-average of 2.58 and save percentage of .921.

The 6-foot-2, 177-pound goaltender has appeared in 32 career WHL regular season games, compiling a 17-11-0-0 record, 3.25 GAA, .901 SV% and three shutouts.

Also considered for the award for the second straight week was Etienne Montpetit of the Victoriaville Tigres who posted a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory making a total of 65 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .970.

In the OHL, Leo Lazarev of the Barrie Colts posted a 2-0-0-0 record making 66 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.50 and save percentage of .930.