Monday, January 18, 2016

Raiders' Gardiner Named WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Prince Albert Raiders forward Reid Gardiner has been named the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 17th, 2016.  

Gardiner recorded seven points (3g-4a) to go along with a plus-5 rating in three games to lead the Prince Albert Raiders to a record of 2-0-1-0 for the week. 

On Wednesday, January 13th against the Edmonton Oil Kings, Gardiner was involved in all three Prince Albert goals as he collected a goal and two assists to lead his team to a 3-1 victory. Gardiner was named the game’s first star for his efforts. On Friday, January 15th, Gardiner remained consistent on the score sheet as he recorded four points (2g-2a) to lead the Raiders to a 4-2 comeback win over the Kootenay ICE. Gardiner was once again named the game’s first star. The following night, Gardiner was held scoreless but earned a plus-1 rating as the Raiders fell to the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime.

The 19-year-old Humboldt, SK native has collected 64 points (29g-35a) in 45 games this season to sit tied for fourth in scoring amongst all WHL skaters. The 5-11, 195 lb forward is in his fourth WHL campaign with Prince Albert and has amassed 192 points (92g-100a) in 236 career WHL regular season contests.

The WHL has also nominated Zach Sawchenko of the Moose Jaw Warriors for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. Sawchenko, a 1997-born netminder from Calgary, AB posted a record of 1-0-1-0 with a 0.99 goals against average and a .976 save percentage last week. On Wednesday, January 13th, Sawchenko was named the game’s first star for his 37 save performance against the Red Deer Rebels in a 1-0 overtime loss. On Saturday, January 16th against the Brandon Wheat Kings, Sawchenko was solid as he turned aside 46 shots to guide the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 4-1 victory. Sawchenko was named the game’s second star in the win.

Currently in his third season with Moose Jaw, Sawchenko has posted a 47-43-5-2 record with five shutouts in 105 career WHL regular season appearances. 

WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Alex Forsberg, Victoria Royals
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Reid Gardiner, Prince Albert Raiders
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Brayden Point, Moose Jaw Warriors
Oct. 12 – Oct. 18: Jon Martin, Swift Current Broncos
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Jesse Gabrielle, Prince George Cougars
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Mathew Barzal, Seattle Thunderbirds
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Jackson Houck, Calgary Hitmen
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Tyson Baillie, Kelowna Rockets
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Justin Gutierrez, Lethbridge Hurricanes
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Tyler Benson, Vancouver Giants
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Rihards Bukarts, Portland Winterhawks
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Adam Brooks, Regina Pats
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Adam Helewka, Spokane Chiefs
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Reid Gardiner, Prince Albert Raiders

Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week (WHL Nominee)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 27: Landon Bow, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Coleman Vollrath, Victoria Royals
Oct. 12 – Oct 18: Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raider
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Adin Hill, Portland Winterhawks
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Landon Bow, Swift Current Broncos
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Declan Hobbs, Kootenay ICE
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Ty Edmonds, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Connor Ingram, Kamloops Blazers
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Nick Schneider, Medicine Hat Tigers
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Carter Hart, Everett Silvertips
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Landon Bow, Seattle Thunderbirds
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Zach Sawchenko, Moose Jaw Warriors

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