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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:49
MOLINE, Ill. (January 28, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards' Ty Rimmer has been named Oakley Central Hockey League Goaltender of the Week, the Mallards announced today in conjunction with the CHL.

Rimmer, 21, last week went 2-0-1 with a 1.63 goals against average, a .954 save percentage and one shutout while helping the Mallards earn five of six available points from a three game series with the Beast in Brampton.

Rimmer made 34 saves last Thursday night as the Mallards kicked off their trip north of the border with a 4-1 victory.  The 6’ 1”, 170-pound Edmonton native nearly blanked the Beast in the series opener before finally allowing a goal with just two minutes and seven seconds left in that contest.  Rimmer would whitewash Brampton one night later, making 35 saves- including 22 in the third period alone- on the way to a 3-0 victory and his second shutout of the season.  Rimmer turned in another 35-save effort Sunday as the Mallards pocketed one point for a 4-3 overtime loss to the Beast.

Rimmer, who has gone 9-8-4 in 21 games this season, is tied for third in the CHL in shutouts and ranks eighth in goals against average (2.82) and save percentage (.910).  This season has also seen Rimmer collect his first American Hockey League win.  He went 1-0-1 and turned in a 2.65 goals against average and a .930 save percentage in three games with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons after being called up last month.

This marks the second time in under a month Rimmer has earned league-wide recognition.  He was named CHL Rookie of the Month for December.  Mallard netminders have now claimed Goaltender of the Week honors twice this month. Thomas Heemskerk took home the hardware on January 7. 

Rimmer joined the Mallards this season after skating in the training camp of both the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers and the AHL’s Barons.  Rimmer got his first taste of professional hockey last spring when he played one game for the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs after completing his junior career with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL.  Last season he led the WHL in minutes played (3,836) and total saves (2,106) while posting 3.19 goals against average, a .912 save percentage, a record of 24-30-10 and one shutout in 65 games with the Hurricanes.   

The 2011-12 campaign was especially successful for Rimmer, who earned WHL First Team All-Star honors after leading the league in goals against average (2.43) and save percentage (.922), finishing tied for first in shutouts (5) and finishing tied for eighth in wins while going 31-12-1 in 46 games for the Tri-City Americans.  His standout efforts helped propel the Americans to the United States Division title.

Over three-plus Western League seasons- during which he played for the Brandon Wheat Kings and Prince George Cougars in addition to the Americans and Hurricanes- Rimmer went 74-65-14 in 159 games and turned in a 3.01 goals against average, a .910 save percentage and ten shutouts.  Before becoming a WHL workhorse, Rimmer spent parts of two seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the St. Albert Steel and Bonnyville Pontiacs.

The Mallards next play at home Friday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers.  Friday is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X.  $1 hot dogs and beers will be available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season.

Tickets for Friday night’s game and all Mallards regular season home games can be purchased at the iWireless Center ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

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