By Carter Brooks
Photo by Robert Murray
Brandon Wheat Kings' netminder Jiri Patera has been named the Western Hockey League's Goaltender of the Week.
On top of winning the WHL's weekly award, the 19-year-old Prague, CZE. native has also been nominated across the Canadian Hockey League as the CHL's Goaltender of the Week. The 2017 sixth round NHL draft pick of the Vegas Golden Knights strung together two victories over the Swift Current Broncos last week, stopping 62 of 65 shots he faced, while recording a 1.50 goals against average and a .954 save percentage.
Patera put up back-to-back 31-save performances against the Broncos on Wednesday and Saturday, allowing just one first period goal in Wednesday's 5-1 victory, before picking up a 5-2 win on the weekend. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound goaltender now holds an 11-6-2 record with a 2.84 goals against average and .918 save percentage in 22 career WHL games.
Fresh off his Goaltender of the Week honour, Patera picked up the first star of the night in a 4-1 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers Tuesday night. The Wheaties' backstop turned aside 40 of 41 pucks directed his way in a game that saw four different goal scorers for Brandon. The Wheat Kings next see game action on Friday at home, when the red-hot Ian Scott and the Prince Albert Raiders roll into town for a battle of two very good hockey teams. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 P.M. central from Westoba Place.