Hanson takes BCHLPOW after busy week

Vernon Vipers goalie Darion Hanson has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 29, the league announced Monday.

Hanson stopped 112 of the 116 shots that came his way in three games while earning two wins, one of them a shutout, and a tie. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound netminder began his week making 40 saves and taking 3rd Star in a 3-3 draw in Penticton. He then stopped 33 of 34 in a rematch with Penticton, a 3-1 Vipers home win where he was 2nd Star and he wrapped his week with a perfect 39-save outing in a 3-0 win over Nanaimo where he was 1st Star.

Since joining the Vipers in late November, Hanson has posted a .944 save percentage and a 1.80 goals-against average which are both the best numbers for goalies with at least 800 minutes played. The native of East Bethel, Minn. carries a record of 11-2-2 with two shutouts.

Honourable mentions this week:

Victoria Grizzlies D Carter Berger: 3G, 1A, 1st Star, 2 GWGs

Salmon Arm Silverbacks F Justin Wilson: 3G, 1A, 1st Star, 2nd Star, GWG

Langley Rivermen F Max Kaufman: 5G, 2A, two 1st Stars, GWG

Vernon Vipers F Steven Jandric: 3G, 3A, 2nd Star, GWG

Chilliwack Chiefs D Connor McCarthy: 1G, 2A, 1st Star

Powell River Kings F Jonny Evans: 4G, 2A, 1st Star, 4G game