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Kieper the Keeper Takes WHL’s Weekly Honour

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Kieper the Keeper Takes WHL’s Weekly Honour

Kamloops Blazers goaltender Matthew Kieper has been named the Western Hockey League’s goaltender of the week ending March 12, 2023.

The 19-year-old Winnipeg product went 2-0-0 on the week while picking up a shutout in the process. He put up a .981 save percentage and a 0.50 goals against average during that span.

First, it was a 28-save performance in Wednesday’s 7-1 win against the Everett Silvertips, before he turned aside all 25 pucks he faced in a 6-0 shutout victory over the Vancouver Giants on Saturday.

A January addition to the Blazers, the former Regina Pat has fit in wonderfully with Kamloops, going 7-1-0 in his eight starts with a .913 save percentage and a 2.58 goals against average. Kieper’s shutout win over the Giants on Saturday certainly helped his cause.

His teammates have certainly made the transition easy, especially as of late, as they have potted an incredible 30 goals in their last eight games. Sure, Kieper hasn’t been in net for every game, but the ones he has played, he’s done well.

The former AAA Winnipeg Bruin now owns an 11-6-1 record on the year (split between Regina and Kamloops), and will look to finish the regular season off strong as his playoff-bound Blazers are poised for a deep WHL Postseason run.

Currently sitting second in the Western Conference with a strong 45-11-4-2 record, Kamloops has just six games remaining on the season. Next up is the first game of a home-and-home with rival Kelowna on Friday night at the Sandman Centre. Puck drop is set for 9:00 PM central time.

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 or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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