King of goose eggs
Tyson Sexsmith sets shutout record
Steve Ewen, The Province
Published: Sunday, November 09, 2008
Tyson Sexsmith is the WHL's shutout king.
The Vancouver Giants' 5-0 win over the host Prince George Cougars Friday marked the 22nd clean sheet of Sexsmith's junior career and gave him sole possession of top spot in that category in league history.
Bryan Bridges (Kootenay/Seattle, 2001-06) and Leland Irving (Everett, 2003-08) both ended their WHL stints with 21 goose eggs.
Sexsmith hit the record in his 138th game. Bridges played 213 games, while Irving had 195.
"It's a pretty good accomplishment to get, especially coming quite a few games less than the previous record holders," Sexsmith, 19, told The Prince George Citizen. "I get credit for it, but it's definitely a team award and you have to give them most of the credit. Over the years, I've had some pretty good guys who helped me get this record."
Sexsmith made 24 saves for his second shutout this season with Vancouver (13-0-0-1). He had nine shutouts last year and 10 in 2006-07. Both years he led the WHL in goals-against-average. He's expected to forgo his over-age season next year and play somewhere in the San Jose Sharks system.
Vancouver visited the Cougars (8-11-0-1) again Saturday night. Then they're back at it Tuesday, visiting the Chilliwack Bruins. Their next home game is Friday, when they take on the Kelowna Rockets.
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