KENT, January 21, 2014 - The Canadian Hockey League today announced Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Taran Kozun is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 19 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record with two shutout victories along with a goals-against-average of 0.65 and save percentage of .977.
Playing in his first three games with the team, Kozun backstopped the Thunderbirds to three straight wins last week, helping extend the club's winning-streak to six and lifting them into fourth place in the WHL's Western Conference standings with a 28-14-2-3 record. Kozun made his debut with the Thunderbirds in style, recording back-to-back shutout victories including a 28-save performance as first star of a 1-0 overtime win over the Spokane Chiefs last Tuesday before stopping all 26 shots he faced on Friday as first star of a 4-0 win over the Tri-City Americans. His week wrapped up Saturday with 30 saves as part of a 3-2 victory against his former team the Kamloops Blazers.
Kozun was acquired from the Blazers at the January 10 trade deadline for defenseman Austin Douglas, goalie Justin Myles and a fourth round pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft.
Also considered for the award this week was Justin Nichols of the Guelph Storm who went 3-0-0-0 with two shutouts posting a goals-against-average of 0.67 and save percentage of .978. Drummondville Voltigeurs' goaltender Louis-Philip Guindon went 2-1-0-0 also recording two shutouts in his two starts maintaining a goals-against-average of 0.43 and save percentage of .985.
2013-14 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Jan. 13 - Jan. 19: Taran Kozun (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jan. 6 - Jan. 12: Oscar Dansk (Erie Otters)
Dec. 30 - Jan. 5: Franky Palazzese (Sudbury Wolves)
Dec. 9 - Dec. 15: Matthew Mancina (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 2 - Dec. 8: Oscar Dansk (Erie Otters)
Nov. 25 - Dec. 1: Matt Mahalak (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 18 - Nov. 24: Patrik Polivka (Victoria Royals)
Nov. 11 - Nov. 17: Francois Brassard (Quebec Remparts)
Nov. 4 - Nov. 10: Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Oct. 28 - Nov. 3: Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 21 - Oct. 27: Jordon Cooke (Kelowna Rockets)
Oct. 14 - Oct. 20: Philippe Cadorette (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 7 - Oct. 13: Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville Tigres)
Sept. 30 - Oct. 6: Ty Edmonds (Prince George Cougars)\
Sept. 23 - Sept. 29: Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers)
Sept. 19 - Sept. 22: Sebastien Auger (Saint John Sea Dogs)
The T-Birds face the Moose Jaw Warriors Tuesday at ShoWare Center at 7:05pm.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2013-14 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.
T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.