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Driedger named WHL goalie of the month

Calgary Hitmen
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According to the Calgary Hitmen website on Friday, Calgary Hitmen goaltender Chris Driedger was named the Western Hockey League's goaltender of the month for December.

Driedger, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, who was the Ottawa Senators' third round pick, 76th overall in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, had a record of 7-1-1 with one shutout, a goals against average of 1.67 and a save percentage of .946. Driedger's shutout came in a 7-0 romp over the Medicine Hat Tigers on December 13 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Overall this season, Driedger, who is 19 years of age, has a record of 16-7-5, with two shutouts, a 2.27 goals against average and a 0.928 save percentage. He has the third best goals against average in the WHL, behind Coleman Vollrath of the Victoria Royals at 1.99 and Jordon Cooke of the Kelowna Rockets at 2.22.

The Hitmen currently lead the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference with 55 points. They are four points better than the Edmonton Oil Kings. Calgary next plays Saturday night against the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Game time is 7:00 p.m.