2018 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Goalie of the Year

Mitchel Benson

Mitchel Benson (Brooks Bandits)

  • Had a 43-12-1 record with a 2.20 goals against average and a .911 save percentage during his second AJHL season
  • His 43 wins were the most in the AJHL and the CJHL
  • His five shutouts were the most in the AJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 9-6 record with a 2.10 goals against average and a .921 save percentage
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to play for the NCAA’s Colgate Raiders next season

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Brandon Bodnar (Thunder Bay North Stars)

  • Had a 23-7-2 record with a 3.01 goals against average and a .892 save percentage in his third SJHL season and his first with Thunder Bay after two years with the Fort Frances Lakers
  • Was tied with Matthew Radomsky for the most shutouts in the CJHL with eight
  • His 23 wins and eight shutouts were the most in the SIJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 8-5 record with a 2.01 goals against average and a .936 save percentage
  • His eight wins and two shutouts were the most in the SIJHL playoffs
  • At the Dudley Hewitt Cup, he had a 2-2 record with a 2.75 goals against average and a .910 save percentage
  • Was named the SIJHL’s Goaltender of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to commit to a post-secondary program

Michael DiPietro

Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

  • Had a 29-21-4 record with a 2.79 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in his third OHL season
  • His seven shutouts were the most in the OHL
  • Was tied with Carter Hart for the most shutouts in the CHL with seven
  • In the playoffs, he had a 2-4 record with a 2.81 goals against average and a .934 save percentage
  • His .934 save percentage was the best in the OHL playoffs
  • Was named the OHL Goaltender of the Year
  • He was part of Canada’s fourth place side at the World Hockey Championship but did not play in any games
  • A third round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks in May

Evan Fitzpatrick

Evan Fitzpatrick (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)

  • Had a 26-12-5 record with a 2.90 goals against average and a .893 save percentage in his fourth QMJHL season
  • He started the season with the Sherbrooke Phoenix and had a 9-9-4 record with a 3.48 goals against average and a .874 save percentage
  • Was traded to Acadie-Bathurst in January and had a 17-3-1 record with a 2.24 goals against average and a .915 save percentage
  • In the playoffs, he had a 16-4 record with a 2.10 goals against average and a .925 save percentage
  • His 16 wins and two shutouts were the most in the QMJHL playoffs
  • His 2.10 goals against average was the best in the QMJHL playoffs
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had a 3-1 record with a 2.96 goals against average and a .906 save percentage
  • Became the first goalie since Adam Dennis of the London Knights in 2005 to have a shutout in the Memorial Cup final
  • A second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the St. Louis Blues in March 2017

Kaden Fulcher

Kaden Fulcher (Hamilton Bulldogs)

  • Had a 32-17-6 record with a 2.86 goals against average and a .899 save percentage in his third OHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had a 16-5 record with a 2.70 goals against average and a .905 save percentage
  • His 16 wins were the most in the OHL playoffs
  • His .905 save percentage was the best in the OHL playoffs
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had a 2-2 record with a 2.27 goals against average and a .918 save percentage
  • An undrafted player, he signed an entry level contract with the Detroit Red Wings in October

Matthew Galadja

Matthew Galadja (Cornell Big Red)

  • Had a 21-5-2 record with a 1.51 goals against average and a .939 save percentage in his freshman season in the NCAA after two years in the BCHL
  • His 1.51 goals against average was the best in the NCAA
  • His nine shutouts were the most in the NCAA
  • His 21 wins were the most by a freshman in the NCAA
  • His .939 save percentage was the best by a freshman in the NCAA
  • Was named the ECAC’s Goalie of the Year and Rookie of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract

Mitchell Gibson

Mitchell Gibson (Lone Star Brahmas)

  • Had a 26-7-9 record with a 1.59 goals against average and a .935 save percentage during his first NAHL season after two years with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers organization
  • His 11 shutouts were the most in the NAHL
  • His 1.59 goals against average and .935 save percentage were the best in the NAHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 5-3 record with a 1.37 goals against average and a .950 save percentage
  • His 1.37 goals against average and .950 save percentage were the best in the NAHL playoffs
  • Was named the NAHL’s Goalie and Rookie of the Year
  • Was selected in the fourth round by the Washington Capitals at the 2018 NHL Draft
  • Is committed to play for the NCAA’s Harvard Crimson for the 2019-20 season

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Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)

  • Had a 31-6-4 record with a 1.60 goals against average and a .947 save percentage during his fourth WHL season
  • His 1.60 goals against average and .947 save percentage were the best in the CHL and the WHL
  • His seven shutouts were the most in the WHL
  • Was tied with Michael DiPietro for the most shutouts in the CHL with seven
  • In the playoffs, he had a 14-8 record with a 2.40 goals against average and a .921 save percentage
  • Was named CHL Goaltender of the Year for the second time in three years and won the WHL Goaltender of the Year award for the third straight season
  • Was the first goalie since Darcy Kuemper in 2010-11 to win the WHL Player of the Year award
  • At the World Juniors, he had a 5-1 record with a 1.81 goals against average and a .930 save percentage for Canada
  • A second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers in October 2016

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Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)

  • Had a 30-9-6 record with a 2.10 goals against average and a .930 save percentage during his fourth QMJHL season
  • His 2.10 goals against average and .930 save percentage were the best in the QMJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 3-4 record with a 2.17 goals against average and a .945 save percentage
  • His .945 save percentage was the best in the QMJHL playoffs
  • Was named QMJHL Goalie of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract.

Jeremy Helvig

Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)

  • Had a 31-16-9 record with a 2.68 goals against average and a .916 save percentage during his fourth OHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had a 9-6 record with a 3.06 goals against average and a .909 save percentage
  • A fifth round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes in March

Connor Hicks

Connor Hicks (Ottawa Jr. Senators)

  • Had a 18-2-1 record with a 1.92 goals against average and a .933 save percentage during his first CCHL season after four years in the OHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 12-5 record with a 2.02 goals against average and a .920 save percentage
  • His 12 wins and two shutouts were the most in the CCHL Playoffs
  • Was named the CCHL Playoffs MVP
  • At the Fred Page Cup, he had a 4-0 record with a 1.44 goals against average and .933 save percentage
  • At the RBC Cup, he had a 2-3 record with a 2.63 goals against average and a .903 save percentage
  • He started the season with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, where he had a 1-1-1 record with a 3.93 goals against average and a .888 save percentage
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to the Dalhousie Tigers in U Sports for next season

Declan Hobbs

Declan Hobbs (Nipawin Hawks)

  • Had a 22-4-3 record with a 2.20 goals against average and a .919 save percentage in his second SJHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had an 11-5 record with a 2.10 goals against average and a .929 save percentage
  • His 11 wins were the most in the SJHL playoffs
  • In the Anavet Cup, he had a 2-4 record with a 3.02 goals against average and a .907 save percentage
  • Split the SJHL Goaltender of the Year honours with Justen Close
  • He also spent time in the WHL with the Spokane Chiefs, where he had a 1-1-0 record with a 2.44 goals against average and a .894 save percentage
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to commit to a U Sports program.

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Nolan Kent (Spruce Grove Saints)

  • Had a 15-4-0 record with a 1.52 goals against average and a .934 save percentage during his second AJHL season
  • His 1.52 goals against average and a .935 save percentage were the best in the AJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 12-1 record with a 1.58 goals against average and a .923 save percentage
  • His 12 wins and four shutouts were the most in the AJHL Playoffs
  • His 1.58 goals against average was the best in the AJHL Playoffs
  • In the Doyle Cup, he had a 1-4 record with a 3.36 goals against average and a .903 save percentage
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to the NCAA’s Northern Michigan Wildcats for next season

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Strauss Mann (Fargo Force)

  • Had a 22-8-3 record with a 1.86 goals against average and a .932 save percentage during his first USHL season after two years at Brunswick School
  • In the playoffs, he had an 11-3 record with a 2.09 goals against average and a .932 save percentage
  • His 11 wins were the most in the USHL Playoffs
  • Was tied with Jared Moe for the most shutouts in the USHL Playoffs with two
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to the NCAA’s Michigan Wolverines for the 2019-20 season

Cale Morris

Cale Morris (Notre Dame Fighting Irish)

  • Had a 27-8-1 record with a 1.94 goals against average and a .944 save percentage during his sophomore season in the NCAA
  • His 27 wins were the most in the NCAA
  • Was tied for Colton Point for the best save percentage in the NCAA with a .944 mark
  • Was named Big Ten Goaltender of the Year and Player of the Year
  • Won the Mike Richter Award as the top goalie in the NCAA
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract

Riley Morris

Riley Morris (Okotoks Oilers)

  • Had a 31-2-2 record with a 1.98 goals against average and a .922 save percentage during his fourth AJHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had a 9-6 record with a 2.18 goals against average and a .916 save percentage
  • Was named the AJHL and CJHL Goalie of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to commit to a post-secondary program

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Zach Sawchenko (Alberta Golden Bears)

  • Had a 12-1-0 record with a 2.12 goals against average and a .911 save percentage during his freshman season in U Sports after four years in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors
  • In the Canada West playoffs, he had a 1-0 record with a 1.00 goals against average and a .966 save percentage
  • At the University Cup, he had a 2-0 record with a 1.95 goals against average and a .917 save percentage
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract

Pats/Broncos

Stuart Skinner (Swift Current Broncos)

  • Had a 30-21-4 record with a 3.07 goals against average and a .905 save percentage during his fourth WHL season
  • He started the season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and had a 14-15-2 record with a 3.38 goals against average and a .897 save percentage
  • Was traded to Swift Current in January and had a 16-6-2 record with a 2.68 goals against average and a .914 save percentage
  • In the playoffs, he had a 16-10 record with a 2.20 goals against average and a .932 save percentage
  • His 16 wins and six shutouts were the most in the WHL Playoffs
  • His 2.20 goals against average and .932 save percentage were the best in the WHL Playoffs
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had a 0-3 record with a 4.02 goals against average and a .902 save percentage
  • A third round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers in May

Matthew Thiessen

Matthew Thiessen (Steinbach Pistons)

  • Had a 28-3-1 record with a 2.06 goals against average and a .923 save percentage during his first MJHL season after one year with the Rink Hockey Academy
  • His 2.06 goals against average was the best in the MJHL
  • Was tied with Troy Martinyuk for the most wins in the MJHL with 28
  • His 28 wins were the most by a rookie in the CJHL and MJHL
  • His .923 save percentage was the best by a rookie in the MJHL
  • Was tied Ethan Peterson for most shutouts by a rookie in the MJHL with two
  • In the playoffs, he had a 10-4 record with a 1.60 goals against average and a .944 save percentage
  • His four shutouts were the most in the MJHL playoffs
  • His 1.58 goals against average and .944 save percentage were the best in the MJHL playoffs
  • Was tied with Riley McVeigh for the most wins in the MJHL playoffs with 10
  • In the Anavet Cup, he had a 4-2 record with a 2.47 goals against average and a .904 save percentage
  • At the RBC Cup, he had a 0-1 record with a 3.03 goals against average and a .896 save percentage
  • Was selected in the seventh round by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2018 NHL Draft
  • Has committed to the NCAA’s Maine Black Bears for the 2019-20 season

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Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

  • Had a 40-5-4 record with a 2.58 goals against average and a .908 save percentage during his second OHL season
  • His 40 wins were the most in the CHL and OHL
  • His 2.58 goals against average was the best in the OHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 14-9 record with a 3.30 goals against average and a .893 save percentage
  • Was tied with Mario Culina for the most shutouts in the OHL playoffs with one
  • A third round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Los Angeles Kings in April

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