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Winnipeg’s Daniel Hauser Named WHL Goaltender of the Month

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Winnipeg’s Daniel Hauser Named WHL Goaltender of the Month

The Western Hockey League has announced its Player, Goaltender and Rookie of the Month for the month of March.

Leading the way on offence was Regina’s Connor Bedard, who put up a ridiculous 19 goals and 32 points in just 13 games for the Pats in March. His numbers continue to be untouched by any WHL player this season.

The Rookie of the Month was Whitehorse product Gavin McKenna of the Medicine Hat Tigers, who scored four goals and added another six assists in six games through March.

But the biggest story was that of Winnipeg ICE netminder Daniel Hauser, who took home the Goaltender of the Month honours. The 19-year-0ld Alberta product went 6-1-0 in seven starts on the month while putting up a 2.01 goals against average and a strong .929 save percentage.

His play helped the ICE conclude the season as WHL champions, as shown by their second-straight Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as the league’s top dog.

Through his seven games, Hauser held his opponents to just one goal scored four separate times. In the process, he set the franchise record for most wins by a goaltender in a single season (37), while also contributing to his team’s record 57 wins on the year.

Over his career, the former WHL sixth round pick owns an 88-9-3-0 record, a .913 save percentage and a 2.23 goals against average to go alongside 11 shutouts in 104 regular and postseason games.

Hauser and the ICE began their opening round matchup with the Medicine Hat Tigers on the weekend and quickly jumped out a 2-0 lead on strong performances from the back-end out. Hauser picked up both wins by way of 5-3 and 5-2 scores. The Tigers outshot the ICE in both games, but Winnipeg outscored the visitors twice, as the series now shifts to Medicine Hat for Game 3 and 4, set to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday. The games will get going at 8:00 PM central time.

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