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#40 Chris Festarini
Oakville, Ont.
6'2, 190 lbs.
20, Goal

Chris Festarini is this week's Bearcat-of-the-week.

The goaltender backstopped the Bearcats in four games of the sweep over the Valley Wildcats in the EastLink Division semifinal series.

The shutout in the final game saw him turn aside 34 shots and he was the team's best penalty-killer in the second frame. Festarini came into the postseason with a 2.28 GAA in 14 appearances and, after four playoff games, he's riding an impressive 1.50 GAA.

He came to the Bearcats at the January trade deadline joining Jacob Fancy to give the team the depth and experience needed for a long playoff run. Following two seasons with the Erie Otters of the OHL, he became a member of the Niagara Ice Dogs during the 2011-12 season. Last year he played 52 games with Niagara, posting a 3.27 GAA.

After 20 games in Mississauga this year, he opted to look elsewhere and eventually landed in Truro.

His resume includes a silver medal with Team Ontario in the 2011 World Under 17 Challenge and co-winner of the Dave Pinkney Trophy for the OHL's lowest goals-against in the 2011-12 season.

This year, he and Fancy were awarded the Young Knickle Award for the leagues top goaltending duo.

ON TAP

The Bearcats are playing the waiting game to see who they'll face next.

The Pictou County - Amherst series resumes tonight in Amherst and Game 7, if necessary, will be played Saturday night in New Glasgow. Truro plays the winner in the Eastlink Division final tentatively to start Monday at RECC.

Organizations: EastLink Division, Niagara

Geographic location: Truro, Amherst, Mississauga Pictou County New Glasgow

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