Jones backstopped Iowa to three consecutive road wins in Texas last week with the best outings of his young career, stopping 93 of 96 shots (3-0-0, 1.01, .969) while making three starts in a four-day span.
On Wednesday evening, Jones turned aside 35 shots in the Wild’s 2-1 win over the Stars, including 19 saves in a first period in which Iowa was outshot 19-2. On Friday, Texas had an 18-3 advantage in first-period shots but again could not beat Jones, who went on to earn his first career shutout with a 37-save effort in a 4-0 Wild victory. And on Saturday, Jones finished with 21 saves as Iowa earned a 5-2 win.
With his sterling week, Jones lowered his goals-against average for the season by more than a full goal per game and raised his 2020-21 save percentage by 36 points.
A 20-year-old rookie from Brantford, Ont., Jones owns a record of 4-7-1 in 12 starts for Iowa this season and ranks fifth in the league in both shots faced (368) and saves (319). Jones was a second-round choice by Minnesota in the 2019 NHL Draft and played junior hockey with Peterborough (OHL), going 62-47-7 in 121 appearances over three seasons.
In recognition of being named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week, Jones will receive an etched crystal award from CCM.