Boucherville, QC – The Ultramar Player of the Week is Evan Fitzpatrick (Titan | Acadie-Bathurst) who recorded a 0.938% save percentage as well as a 2.00 goals against average throughout his two games last week.
Fitzpatrick has been unbeatable in front of the Titan net since Game 5 of the first round series against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. He has been perfect in April, going 10-0 in his last 10 games with an impressive 1.99 goals against average and a staggering 0.943% save percentage.
The St. John’s, Newfoundland, native helped his team sweep the powerful Victoriaville Tigres in the semifinals series, allowing only 10 goals in four games against one of the best offensive squads in the QMJHL over the 2017-18 regular season.
On Tuesday night, Fitzpatrick made 28 saves to secure an outstanding 2-1 victory on the road over the Tigres. His terrific performance was rewarded with the third star of the game. The following day, the goaltender allowed three goals on 41 shots in order to give his team a 4-3 win that ended the semifinal series in a four-game sweep.
The St. Louis Blues prospect currently sits in first place in the goals against average category in the 2018 QMJHL playoffs with a 1.99, surpassing Armada rookie goaltender Émile Samson (2.08).
Other players considered for the Ultramar Player of the Week are goaltender Matthew Welsh (Islanders | Charlottetown) and forward Drake Batherson (Armada | Blainville-Boisbriand).
For a second week in a row, Matthew Welsh was considered for the QMJHL Player of the Week award for his impressive performances. He posted a 3-1 record in four games played, maintaining a 2.39 goals against average and a 0.928% save percentage. He gave his team a chance to win every single game in its series against one of the most dangerous offenses in the league, the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada.
As for Drake Batherson, he scored three times and recorded three assists in his last four games against the Islanders. He currently leads the QMJHL with 25 points (9G-16A) in 15 games played in the 2018 President Cup Playoffs.
2017-18 Ultramar Player of the Week:
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Simon Lafrance (Foreurs | Val-d’Or)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Yvan Mongo (Voltigeurs | Drummondville)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Anthony Poulin (Armada | Blainville-Boisbriand)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Mark Grametbauer (Wildcats | Moncton)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Drake Batherson (Screaming Eagles | Cape Breton)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Julien Tessier (Wildcats | Moncton)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Étienne Montpetit (Foreurs | Val-d’Or)
Nov. 6 – Nov.12: Nicolas Beaudin (Voltigeurs | Drummondville)
Nov. 13 – Nov.19: Anthony Morrone (Tigres | Victoriaville)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Thomas Grégoire (Phoenix | Sherbrooke)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Alex Barré-Boulet (Armada | Blainville-Boisbriand)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Alex Barré-Boulet (Armada | Blainville-Boisbriand)
Dec. 11 – Dec.17: Tristan Bérubé (Olympiques | Gatineau)
Dec. 28 – Dec. 31: Ivan Kosorenkov (Tigres | Victoriaville)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Samuel Harvey (Huskies | Rouyn-Noranda)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Samuel Dove-McFalls (Océanic | Rimouski)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Jeffrey Truchon-Viel (Titan | Acadie-Bathurst)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Peter Abbandonato (Huskies | Rouyn-Noranda)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Joe Veleno (Voltigeurs | Drummondville)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Maxime Comtois (Tigres | Victoriaville)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Vitalii Abramov (Tigres | Victoriaville)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: D’Artagnan Joly (Drakkar | Baie-Comeau)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Maxime Comtois (Tigres | Victoriaville)
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Samuel Poulin (Phoenix | Sherbrooke)
Mar. 12 – Mar. 18: Nicolas Beaudin (Voltigeurs | Drummondville)
– Playoffs Start –
Mar. 19 – Mar. 25: Vitalii Abramov (Tigres | Victoriaville)
Mar. 26 – Apr. 1: Peter Abbandonato (Huskies | Rouyn-Noranda)
Apr. 2 – Apr. 8: Pascal Aquin (Islanders | Charlottetown)
Apr. 9 – Apr. 15: Evan Fitzpatrick (Titan | Acadie-Bathurst)
Apr. 16 – Apr. 22: Émile Samson (Armada | Blainville-Boisbriand)
Apr. 23 – Apr. 30: Evan Fitzpatrick (Titan | Acadie-Bathurst)