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Miner Earns WHL’s Goaltender of the Week Award

Brandon’s Trent Miner has been recognized as the Western Hockey League’s best netminder of the past week.

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Miner Earns WHL’s Goaltender of the Week Award

Coming off the heels of a week in which fellow Manitoban Joel Hofer picked up the WHL’s top goaltender honour, Miner stepped up his game, nearly matching the totals set by his provincial rival just one week prior. Despite only collecting one win in his two weekly starts, (1-0-1) the former 20th overall selection in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft never trailed in his two starts. In conjunction with the WHL naming Miner the league’s top goaltender, the CHL also announced the 18-year-old to its Team of the Week.

On Friday, Miner’s Vancouver Giants topped Hofer and the Portland Winterhawks 3-1, turning aside 26 of 27 shots he faced, before dropping Saturday’s contest against the same Winterhawks in an eventful nine-round shootout. Despite giving up the game-tying goal midway through the second period, Miner played with the lead or in a tie game position throughout the weekend, before falling in a long-lasting shootout with a goal that won’t count against his regular season goals against.

Through 11 games played in 2019-20, Miner sports a 5-4-2 record with a 2.50 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. This past week (0.96 GAA, .964 save percentage) helped raise his totals significantly. In 61 career WHL contests, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound backstop owns a 37-17-4 record, a 2.59 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. Miner was selected 202nd overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the seventh round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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