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2014-15 Players of the Month

MARCH 2015

RBC PLAYER OF THE MONTH:  Tristan Frei, Melfort Mustangs
1995 F Tristan Frei (Regina SK) helped lead the Mustangs to a pair of five game series victories, although for the month of March his totals for the five games against Weyburn and the first three games against Nipawin are what is taken into account.  Frei scored 9-goals and 6-assists in 8-games, including his sensational 4-goal and 6-point effort on March 31st that helped the Mustangs assume a 2-1 series lead over Nipawin.

IBAS DEFENSEMAN OF THE MONTH:  Austin Lightfoot, Notre Dame Hounds
1994 D Austin Lightfoot (Assiniboia SK) saw his offensive game explode in the playoffs and had this monthly award been extended by five days he would have shared the nod with his defense partner, Spencer Trapp.  Nevertheless, Lightfoot is very deserving as he scored 2-goals and 11-assists in 10-games played (seven against Flin Flon and the first three games against Kindersley) and also won Defenseman Of The Week twice.  Lightfoot never posted more than 15-points in any one regular season during his two years in the SJHL.

SASKTEL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH:  Evan Weninger, Kindersley Klippers
1995 G Evan Weninger (Saskatoon SK) carried an amazing four game series stat ledger against the Battlefords North Stars into the semi-finals against Notre Dame and ended the month of March with a 5-and-2 record to go along with a 1.60-GAA and .948-SPCT.  He also posted a pair of shutouts against the Stars as well as another one in game three against Notre Dame when the Klippers were facing a must-win on the road after falling behind 2-0.  Games 4, 5, and 6 of that series took place in the month of April.

SJHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH:  Garrett Dunlop, Nipawin Hawks
1995 F Garrett Dunlop (Nanaimo BC) was the SJHL Rookie Of The Year in the regular season and he’s been the league’s best first year player in the playoffs as well.  Dunlop was too much for the Melville Millionaires to handle over the course of six games and he also was very formidable against Melfort through the first four games as he finished the month of March with 5-goals and 8-assists in 10-games.  In late March, he also picked up a Player Of The Week nod.


RBC SJHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH:  Travis Mayan, Melfort Mustangs
1995 F Travis Mayan (Rimbey AB) led all players in the month of February with 10-goals and 8-assists in 10-games played.  Mayan finished the month with a five game goal scoring streak and he recorded points in all ten games.  In fact, he has points in 19 of his last 20 and has only been held off the scoresheet twice since December 6th.  Mayan also won the SJHL scoring crown this year by a wide margin, scoring 40-goals and 44-assists.

IBAS SJHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE MONTH:  Spencer Trapp, Notre Dame Hounds
1995 D Spencer Trapp (White City SK) picked up a goal and seven assists in 11-games during the month of February as he spearheaded the Notre Dame defense and helped push their club towards first place in the Kramer Division, coming up just short.  Nevertheless, Notre Dame goes into the playoffs as a very strong number four seed and Trapp capped his month with an IBAS SJHL Defenseman Of The Year finalist nomination.  He also put up 12-goals and 22-assists in 55-games overall.

SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH:  Richard Palmer, Melfort Mustangs
1995 G Richard Palmer (Calgary AB) was, ridiculously, good in February by going 7-0-0-and-2 with a 1.09-GAA and a .954-SPCT to go along with three shutouts.  Palmer, who allowed two goals or less in eight of his nine starts, has been beaten more than three times in a game only four times all year.  Not surprisingly, he finished tied for the league lead with 5-shutouts and also sported the lowest GAA and the second highest SPCT.  Overall, he was 29-6-and-5 with a 1.78-GAA and .932-SPCT.

SJHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH:  Garrett Dunlop, Nipawin Hawks
1995 F Garrett Dunlop (Nanaimo BC) picked up 3-goals and 7-assists in 10-games played in February to lead all first year players.  Dunlop, who's also a finalist for SJHL Rookie Of The Year, ended the month on a four game point scoring streak and also had points in five of his last six.  With 18-goals and 35-assists in 48-games, Dunlop finishes with the league lead in points amongst all SJHL rookies.


RBC SJHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH:  Brett Boehm, Flin Flon Bombers
1994 F Brett Boehm (Martensville SK) returned to the SJHL with a lot of fanfare and he made plenty of noise in scoring 8-goals and 11-assists in 12-games played after starting the year in the NCAA with Minnesota-Duluth.  He heated up toward the end of the month as he scored goals in four straight and five of his last six.  He had a hat-trick January 31st in Notre Dame and also had a 4-assist game against La Ronge on January 13th and managed a single point in each of the dozen games he played.  He will be a key cog in the final month of the season as the Bombers jostle for home ice advantage in their quarter-final round of the playoffs.

1994 D Tyler Bell (Regina SK) has been called on to elevate his play in the wake of Tanner Lishchynsky’s recall to the WHL and he hasn’t disappointed one bit.  Bell has been a monster in all facets of the game, including on offense where he compiled 6-goals and 6-assists in 12-games played in January.  He had three multiple point games and found the scoresheet in nine games played to raise his season totals to 9-goals and 8-assists in 32-games played.  Bell has 196 WHL games under his belt with Kamloops, Moose Jaw, and Lethbridge.

SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH:  Trevor Martin, Melville Millionaires
1996 G Trevor Martin (Ardrossan AB) has been sensational when he’s appeared in an SJHL game all season long and during the month of January, he sparked the club to a 4-2-and-1 record in his seven appearances, sporting a 1.56-GAA and a .945-SPCT to go with one shutout.  To say he’s a hard luck goalie may be an understatement as he’s suffered three losses this year in games in which he allowed two goals or less.  Overall, he’s 6-4-and-2 with a 1.41-GAA, .953-SPCT and 2-SO.  He’s been so impressive, his January numbers are actually not as good as his full regular season ones.  

SJHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH:  Matthew Kenney, Humboldt Broncos
1996 F Matthew Kenney (London ON) saw his game explode in January as he led all first year players with 6-goals and 9-assists in 12-games played.  That included a pair of three-point games, one against Yorkton on January 9th and another against Battlefords on January 28th.  He has points in thirteen of his last sixteen overall and sports 11-goals and 17-assists in 30-games on the year.


RBC SJHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH:  Travis Mayan, Melfort Mustangs
1995 F Travis Mayan (Rimbey AB) had a dominating December, compiling 8-goals and 9-assists in 10-games played, which included a six game stretch in which Mayan recorded multiple point games.  His best showing was December 11th at Estevan when he set up four goals.  He had a pair of two goal games, one December 17th against Yorkton and another December 20th against La Ronge.  He also won back to back Player Of The Week Awards at the end of the month and leads the SJHL in scoring on the season with 25-goals and 26-assists in 37-games.

1996 D Stefan Wood (St. Albert AB) has enjoyed a coming out party, of sorts, as the season passes the midway mark.  Wood, a rookie, scored twice and assisted on seven others in nine games played.  He finished December with points in three of his last four and also enjoyed three multi-point games as the Hawks mount a challenge for first place in the Sherwood Division.  On the season, he has 2-goals and 11-assists in 32-games.

1995 G Joe O'Brien (Clayton MO) won six of his seven starts in December and was a model of consistency as he won four straight at one point and also allowed two goals or fewer in five of his seven games and never more than four.  It all added up to a 6-and-1 month and a 2.25-GAA and .932-SPCT; which pushes his season numbers to 16-6-and-1, 1SO, 2.38, .931

SJHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH:  Dakota Boutin, Melfort Mustangs
1997 F Dakota Boutin (Moosomin SK) is finding his stride as the Mustangs were red hot during the month of December.  Boutin had five points in his first three games of the month and then five more in his last three to finish with 4-goals and 6-assists in 9-games played.  He had a two goal game against Humboldt on December 6th and has 7-goals and 11-assists in 36-games overall.



RBC SJHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH:  Jared Martin, Notre Dame Hounds
1994 F Jared Martin (Fort Qu’Appelle SK) posted four multi-point games during the month of November, including a stellar five point game on November 7th when he picked up two goals and three assists in an 8-3 decision over Melville.  Martin also had a three point night November 20th in Humboldt and then feasted on the Broncos again on the 29th with one goal and one assist on his way to 7-goals and 9-assists in 11-games played.  Martin, who’s career high is 20 points, now has 8-goals and 10-assists in 22-games overall this season.

SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH:  Evan Weninger, Kindersley Klippers
1996 G Evan Weninger (Saskatoon SK) gave up three goals or less in nine of his ten starts during the month of November, going 7-and-3 with a 1.84-GAA and .948-SPCT.  He also posted a pair of shutouts, November 12th against Melville and then again exactly two weeks later against Humboldt and he made 33-saves in each game.  Weninger, recently, received an invite to the Canada West Selection Camp for the upcoming World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.  On the season, he’s 17-5-and-1, 2.04, .942, 2-shutouts.

IBAS SJHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE MONTH:  Jake Erickson, Battlefords North Stars
1994 D Jake Erickson (Grant MN) picked up 2-goals and 5-assists in 12-games during the month of November and also showed that he’s, nicely, settling in as a top blueliner for the North Stars as well as being regarded as one of the SJHL’s best.  Erickson posted single point games seven times and closes out November with points in four of his last six and has 2-goals and 10-assists in 24-games on the year.

SJHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH:  Garrett Dunlop, Nipawin Hawks
1995 F Garrett Dunlop (Nanaimo BC) has found a Junior ‘A’ home with the Hawks after a couple of abbreviated stops with his hometown team as well as Powell River in the BCHL.  Dunlop posted 1-goal and 11-assists in 10-games during the month of November.  That includes four games in which he registered more than one point as Dunlop had a four game stretch from November 15th-25th in which he had 6-assists.  For the season, Dunlop is second on the Hawks in scoring with 9-goals and 16-assists in 21-games.  


RBC PLAYER OF THE MONTH:  Chris Rauckman, Flin Flon Bombers
1994 F Chris Rauckman (Red Deer AB) started his SJHL career with points in ten of his first eleven games and finished the time frame with 14-goals and 7-assists in 15-games.  Rauckman had goals in his first seven games and was held off the scoresheet entirely only three times.  Rauckman enters November with the league lead in goals and is second in points.


SASKTEL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH:  Alexi Thibaudeau, Notre Dame Hounds
1995 G Alexi Thibaudeau (Regina SK) got off to a sizzling start by allowing two goals or less in nine of his twelve starts.  He also had shutouts in back-to-back starts in mid-October and also began the season with a seven game win streak.  Thibaudeau goes into November with a 7-4-1 record to go along with a 1.97-GAA and .931-SPCT as well as his two shutouts.


IBAS DEFENSEMAN OF THE MONTH:  Shaun MacPherson, Kindersley Klippers
1994 D Shaun MacPherson (Edmonton AB) was a driving force behind Kindersley jumping out to a league best 11-2-1-and-2 record through their first sixteen games.  MacPherson started the season with four assists in his first two games and he ends the month with two goals and two assists in two games played to give him overall numbers of 3-goals and 8-assists in 13-games.


SJHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH:  Mike Eskra, Weyburn Red Wings
1997 D Mike Eskra (Regina SK) is shouldering a big load despite still being midget eligible.  Eskra has emerged as a top SJHL defenseman and is a major component to Weyburn’s blueline.  Eskra scored his first SJHL goal on opening night and also enjoyed a four game point scoring streak on his way to 2-goals and 8-assists in 14-games played.