By Carter Brooks
Photo by Ben Green
Joel Hofer has been named the Western Hockey League’ Goaltender of the Week.
Hofer, a 19-year-old product of Winnipeg, had himself three exceptionally strong performances through the week spanning Sunday, October 6th to Sunday, October 13th. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound netminder went 2-0-1 and stopped 79 of 82 pucks fired his way. His save percentage was .963, while his goals against average was 0.97.
The first place Portland Winterhawks took down the Swift Current Broncos 8-2 on Wednesday – a game in which Hofer stopped 24 of 26 shots. On Friday he picked up his fifth career WHL shutout in a 16-save, 5-0 victory over the red Deer Rebels. Hofer lost Sunday’s contest with the Edmonton Oil Kings 2-1 in a shootout, after stopping 39 of 40 shots through regulation and overtime.
The former Pursuit of Excellence backstop is now 5-2-1 on the season, while carrying a 1.99 goals against average and a .928 save percentage to go along with his one shutout. The 2018 fourth round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues will host Manitoba’s own Brandon Wheat Kings in Oregon on Saturday at 8:00 PM central. Hofer is the first Manitoban to earn either the WHL’s weekly awards.