Kuemper in Control
One week after taking home the WHL Goaltender of the Month for January, Red Deer Rebels goalie Darcy Kuemper allowed one goal over two games and picked up two wins on the weekend.
The 2009 sixth round pick of the Minnesota Wild made 36 saves in a 4-1 victory over Calgary on Friday, and followed it up with a 27-save shutout against Lethbridge on Saturday. Kuemper leads the league in save percentage (.933), wins (36), goals against average (1.87) and shutouts (11).
The Saskatoon, SK native earned Goaltender of the Month honors with four shutouts, a 1.74 goals against and a .937 save percentage in 11 starts in January.
Howse on Fire
Calgary Flames prospect Ryan Howse notched five points in two games this weekend — scoring two goals on Friday and adding two more goals and an assist on Saturday as his Chilliwack Bruins swept a home-and-home series with the Kelowna Rockets.
Howse has 10 points (7-3) in his last five games. The 19-year-old left wing now has 39 goals and 26 assists in 53 games this year, but a minus-18 rating.
Eakin Fired Up for Homecoming
Kootenay Ice forward Cody Eakin picked up a hat trick and an assist in Friday’s 5-1 win over Regina, and added an assist in his first game in Swift Current since the Broncos traded him to Kootenay after spending four years there.
The 2009 third round selection of the Washington Capitals was a plus-5 rating over the two games and even had a strong showing in a spirited bout with former teammate Kyle Verdino on Saturday (which can be seen below).
In 11 games since the trade, the 19-year-old center has 21 points (10-11). He isn’t known for his fighting and only has 36 penalty minutes all season.