Whistle Finding Form As Starter

Jackson Whistle in goal for the Belfast Giants

The success of any hockey team relies heavily on their goaltender and the way he performs to his best ability. For some goaltending is good enough for a playoff spot, for others the goaltending is the team.

Belfast Giant goaltender Jackson Whistle is indeed that player for the Giants. He has taken control of the crease and shut down the opposition in a fierce way. To say he isn’t the leader of the team is an understatement.

In his third year with the Giants, Whistle has played a huge part in the team’s success. Night after night he does something spectacular to win the game at all costs. The 26-year-old from Kelowna British Columbia has taken the league by storm because of his nightly efforts.

Whistle previously played in the EIHL for the Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers, with whom he got a career-high 25 wins within 2018-19.

Whistle is not afraid to get aggressive in the crease and challenge the shooters more than the average goalie, never backing down from the most prolific scorers. He has great positioning, playing the angles well, and giving up a few rebounds.

Being very competitive has given him this spot and he has run with the opportunity. Whistle is thankful for the chance to shine and he is giving everything he has to get this team where he thinks it belongs.

He is making his case for both team and league MVP. He leads the league in save % and GAA while keeping Belfast in close competition with Sheffield. The Giants have 58 points and are currently in second place, only 2 points behind the leading Steelers.

This season, whistle leads the league in GAA with a 1.67, a .936 save % while sporting a 6-2-0 record.  During his EIHL career, he has played in 155 games, has 91 wins, 4 shutouts, a 3.02 GAA, and a .901 save %. Very impressive stats for someone who has not been a starter every year.

Whistle, who has won four of his last five games, also had an impressive 2020/21 season as well. He made the EIHL series all-star team, was voted EIHL series best goaltender and was also EIHL series champion.

Whistle and Belfast seem to be the team to beat as they keep on rolling. The Giants have scored 143 goals, while only giving up 68 and have a points % of 78%. Offensively they are scoring at a clip of 3.95 goals per game, while defensively only giving up 1.84 goals per game and the penalty kill is strong at 85%.

Jackson whistle is carving out a tremendous career in the EIHL. Whistle, who won a championship in the 2014-15 season with Kelowna, is showing the league he should be taken seriously as he puts up another season of strong numbers.

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