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New Broncos' netminder WHL Goaltender of the Week

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New Broncos goalie Stuart Skinner plays the puck behind the net during the game against the Edmonton Oil Kings, Jan. 13. New Broncos goalie Stuart Skinner plays the puck behind the net during the game against the Edmonton Oil Kings, Jan. 13. Matthew Liebenberg/Prairie Post

The Western Hockey League announced today that Swift Current Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner has been named WHL Goaltender of the Week and the league nominee for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 14.



Skinner, who was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round, 78th overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft, won both his starts with his new club this week, sporting a 0.50 goals-against average and .980 save percentage while also picking up a shutout.

Friday marked Skinner’s debut with the Broncos after a Tuesday trade sent him to the East Division club and he didn’t hold back against the Prince Albert Raiders, stopping all 29 shots in a 4-0 victory. Skinner stopped eight shots in the first, 11 in the second and 10 in the third for his 11th career WHL shutout. He was named the first star of the game and the WHL’s second star of the night for his efforts.

As the Broncos return home a night later, Skinner was once again tough to beat, stopping 20 of 21 shots in a 9-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. Skinner snuffed out shot after shot, frustrating both teams as they went a combined 0-for-7 on the power play.

A 6-foot-4, 200-pound product of Edmonton, Alta., Skinner’s record improved to 16-15-2-0 following the victories with a 3.20 GAA and .901 SV%. He also has five shutouts this season. Originally drafted by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Skinner has a career record of 90-66-8-5 with a 3.27 GAA, .908 SV% and 11 shutouts.

The Broncos are getting hot at the right moment. They’ve won four straight games and have taken points from their past seven games. Skinner will look to help extend that winning streak when the Broncos begin a five-game road trip through the U.S. Division Wednesday, January 17 (7:05 p.m. PST) against the Tri-City Americans.

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