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West is best: Colts goalie takes home OHL award

Barrie goalie backstopped his team to pair of wins despite Colts being outshot in both games
Barrie Colts goaltender Ben West is shown in a file photo.

Barrie Colts netminder Ben West has been named Ontario Hockey League goaltender of the week after notching a pair of wins, making 81 saves with a 3.00 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.

West was listed among the league's top performers for regular-season games for the week ending Feb. 11.

The hometown product backstopped the Colts to a pair of wins despite their being out-shot in both contests.

Earning third-star honours on Monday, West turned aside 38 of the 41 shots he faced as the Colts defeated the Erie Otters, 6-3.

The six-foot-three, 156-pound netminder was back in the crease with a 43-save, second-star performance on Saturday night at Sadlon Arena to help the Colts defeat the Kingston Frontenacs, 4-3. With the victory, Barrie improved its season record to 21-25-3-0, as the Colts sit eighth in the Eastern Conference. 

West, 20, owns a season mark of 10-13-1-0, posting a 3.94 goals-against average and .889 save percentage.

Selected in the 10th round (190th overall) by the Erie Otters in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection from the Toronto Marlboros U16 AAA program, West has appeared in 53 games over two seasons spent with the Colts, registering a 3.78 goals-against average and .889 save percentage.