Manitoba has swept the Western Hockey League’s weekly awards, as Brandon’s Jiri Patera was named the league’s top goaltender, while Winnipeg’s Connor McClennon took home the Player of the Week honour.
In the week spanning from December 30 to January 5, these two stars from Manitoba’s junior hockey scene were deemed to be the very best. Not only did their respective teams play in a dominant fashion, but their individual statistics took an impressive bump up the charts.
Patera, 20, who is in his second season with the Wheat Kings, put together an excellent week of play, going a perfect 3-0-0 with 94 saves on 95 shots. After allowing one goal on 35 shots against in a 4-1 victory over the Regina Pats, Patera put together a 138 minute shutout streak, shutting the door on the Prince Albert Raiders and then the Regina Pats on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
Through 21 games this season, Patera has a 11-7-0-2 record to go along with three shutouts, a 2.59 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. The sixth round selection of Kelly McCrimmon’s Vegas Golden Knights returns to action Tuesday night at home against the Medicine Hat Tigers.
McClennon, 17, is in the middle of a very productive 2019-20 WHL season – his second in the league. In 39 games, he has 20 goals, 47 points and 25 penalty minutes, helping his team to a first place position in the East Division.
The 2020 NHL Entry Draft prospect put up four goals and 11 points in four games for the ICE this past week, scoring twice against the Prince Albert Raiders, before adding four points against the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday. In Winnipeg’s back-to-back with Prince Albert this past weekend, McClennon collected one goal and added four more assists. The ICE host Medicine Hat Wednesday.