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Hughes Named WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week

March 9, 2020 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Winnipeg Ice News Release

Winnipeg, MB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Winnipeg ICE goaltender Liam Hughes has been named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week for the week ending March 8, 2020.

In two appearances, Hughes posted a 2-0-0-0 record, 0.50 goals-against average, made 49 saves on 50 shots for a 0.980 save percentage, and recorded a single shutout. The pair of wins factored into a three-game winning streak for the ICE, who have kept themselves in the conversation for the East Division title with a 37-24-1-0 record through 62 games, giving them 75 points.

Friday in Moose Jaw, Hughes made 15 saves on 16 shots as the ICE downed the Moose Jaw Warriors by a 4-1 score. Hughes stopped five shots in the first, nine in the second, and one in the third. Hughes held firm on two power-play opportunities for the Warriors throughout the contest.

Sunday at home, Hughes recorded a 34-save shutout as the ICE blanked the Prince Albert Raiders by a 3-0 score. Hughes made 11 saves in the first, nine in the second, and 14 in the third to hold the division-leading Raiders off the scoresheet. He was subsequently named the first star of the game as well as the first star of the night in the WHL.

The 6-foot-3, 197-pound product of Kelowna, B.C. has thrived this season with the ICE. The 20-year-old Hughes has posted a 20-11-0-0 record in 31 games while also maintaining a 2.55 GAA, 0.915 SV%, and three shutouts. Hughes was originally chosen by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the seventh round, 152nd overall, off the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

For his WHL career, Hughes has appeared in 109 WHL regular season games and has posted a 49-46-10-2 record, 3.14 GAA, 0.906 SV%, and three shutouts.

Hughes and the ICE are in action next against the Regina Pats on Wednesday, March 11 (7 p.m. MT) at the Brandt Centre.

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