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Porter named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week
January 3, 2017
Photo by Marissa Baecker
Bonners Ferry's James Porter is lighting up Canadian hockey as a rookie goaltender for the Kelowna Rockets.
The Canadian Hockey League today announced that rookie James Porter of the Kelowna Rockets is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending December 31 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 0.48 and save percentage of .987.

Porter made 74 saves in a home-and-home series win against the Kamloops Blazers, helping the Rockets extend their winning-streak to five and improving their first place B.C Division record to 23-11-2-1.

Last Wednesday he stopped a career-high 46 shots and added four more saves in the shootout, earning first star honors in the 2-1 victory at home.

In Kamloops on Friday, Porter was named second star with his second shutout of the season making 28 saves in the 3-0 victory over the Blazers.

A 17-year-old from Bonners Ferry, Porter was chosen by the Rockets in the seventh round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. In 26 appearances this season he carries a 15-5-2-0 record with a goals-against-average of 3.22 and save percentage of .904.

His two shutout victories have been recorded in a span of three games with the first coming December 16 before the holiday break with a 40-save performance in a 5-0 win over the Saskatoon Blades.

Also considered for the award this week was Mathieu Bellemare of the Shawinigan Cataractes, who posted a 1-1-0-0 record including a shutout victory making 71 saves for a goals-against-average of 0.51 and save percentage of .986. In the OHL, Leo Lazarev of the Barrie Colts made 82 saves while posting a 2-0-0-0 record along with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .965.
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