Giants’ Miner named WHL Goaltender of the Week
The Western Hockey League announced on Monday that Colorado Avalanche prospect Trent Miner of the Vancouver Giants has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending November 10, 2019.
In two games this weekend, Miner sported a 1-0-0-1 record, 0.96 goals-against average, and stopped 53 of 55 shots for a 0.964 save percentage as the Giants split a home-and-home set against the Portland Winterhawks. With the three-point weekend, the Giants have now moved into second place in the B.C. Division.
Friday, Miner delivered a near-perfect effort, stopping 26 of 27 shots in a 3-1 win on home ice against the Winterhawks. The 6-foot-1, 179-pound product of Brandon, Man. stopped nine shots in the first, 11 in the second, and six shots in the third as the Giants never trailed. Miner was named the first star of Friday’s game.
On Saturday, the Giants never trailed with Miner in net, but fell in an epic nine-round shootout to the Winterhawks to lose by a 2-1 score. Miner stopped six shots in the first, 13 in the second, five in the third, and three more in overtime. In the shootout, Miner allowed three goals on the nine opportunities by Portland. Miner was still named the second star of the game for his efforts.
Miner was originally chosen with the 20th-overall selection of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. The 18-year-old goaltender is in the midst of his third season with the Giants, sporting a 5-4-1-1 record, 2.50 GAA, and a 0.911 SV% in 11 games.
Overall, he’s appeared in 52 WHL regular season games, maintaining a 32-13-2-2 record, 2.44 GAA, 0.913 SV%, and three shutouts. Miner has also appeared in nine WHL playoff games, posting a 5-4-0-0 record, 2.91 GAA, 0.891 SV%, and one shutout.
The Giants return to action on Saturday, November 16 (7:00 p.m. PT) when they play host to the Prince George Cougars.
WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week
November 3 – November 10: Trent Miner, Vancouver Giants
October 28 – November 3: Joel Hofer, Portland Winterhawks
October 21 – October 27: Shane Farkas, Victoria Royals
October 14 – October 20: Dylan Garand, Kamloops Blazers
October 7 – October 13: Joel Hofer, Portland Winterhawks
September 30 – October 6: Ethan Anders, Red Deer Rebels
September 23 – September 29: Beck Warm, Tri-City Americans
September 20 – September 22: Roddy Ross, Seattle Thunderbirds
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.