Viper goalie Austin Smith

Viper goalie Austin Smith

Smith takes Player of the Week

Vernon Vipers goaltender Austin Smith has been named the BCHL Player of the Week.

Vernon Vipers goaltender Austin Smith has been named the BCHL Player of the Week.

Smith posted two wins, including his second shutout of the season, and was named first star both games.

He actually game on in relief of an injured Danny Todosychuk at 6:41 of the first period against Trail and stopped 31 shots in a 5-0 win Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

The Calgary native followed that up with an impressive performance in a 6-1 road win over rival West Kelowna, turning aside 37 shots.

The 6-foot, 185-pound 20-year-old had a 0.986 save percentage for the weekend to go along with a 0.53 goals-against average.

Honourable mentions this week:

Vernon Vipers F Liam Coughlin: 3G, 3A, 2nd Star, GWG

Merritt Centennials F Diego Cuglietta: 3G, 4A, 1st Star, GWG.

Powell River Kings F Luke Nogard: 2G, 2A, OT GWG

Salmon Arm SilverBacks G Angus Redmond: 2W, 1st Star, 2nd Star, 0.967 sv%, 1.00 GAA

Prince George Spruce Kings F Justin Rai: 4G, 3A, two 1st Stars, GWG

Trail Smoke Eaters D Taylor Armbruster: 3G, hat trick, 2nd Star

 

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