LaFontaine earns POW honour

Penticton Vees goaltender Jack LaFontaine has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 23, the league announced Monday.

The 20-year-old won both his starts last week for the Vees, stopping 68 of the 72 shots he faced for a .944 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average.

On Wednesday, LaFontaine made 23 saves as Penticton scored a last-minute goal to beat the Vernon Vipers 2-1. He was named the first star of the game. On Saturday, the Mississauga, Ont. native faced 48 shots and only let in three as the Vees won a tight contest 4-3 on the road against the West Kelowna Warriors.

Heading into the Christmas break, LaFontaine is tied for second in the league with 18 wins, has the third-highest save percentage at .915, is also tied for the third-best goals-against average at 2.25 and has two shutouts.

Honourable mentions:

Wenatchee Wild F Matt Gosiewski: 3GP, 1G, 5A, 2nd star
Penticton Vees F Luke Loheit: 3GP, 2G, 3A
Penticton Vees F Lukas Sillinger: 3GP, 4G, GWG, 2nd star
Trail Smoke Eaters F Chase Stevenson: 3GP, 5A
Merritt Centennials F Nick Granowicz: 2GP, 2G, 2A, GWG, 2nd star
Langley Rivermen G Braedon Fleming: 1GP, 1W, 33 saves/34 shots, .971 SV%, 1.00 GAA, 3rd star