By Mike Stackhouse
RBC SJHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Rylee Zimmer, Flin Flon Bombers
1997 F Rylee Zimmer (Russell MB) led all players in the month of December with 7-goals and 11-assists in 10-games played. Among his highlights were a four-point game on December 30th against La Ronge as well as three straight three-point games to kick off the month. Zimmer enters this weekend with 13-goals and 30-assists in 37-games played. Runner-up: Coby Downs, Battlefords North Stars.
IBAS SJHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE MONTH: LJ Naccarato, Yorkton Terriers
1997 D RJ Naccarato (Sturgeon County AB) came into his own during the month of December as the Terriers dealt with some injuries and absences from their line-up and it was Naccarato who stepped up to fill the void. Naccarato scored 2-goals and 7-assists in 8-games during the month of December, which included a three-point effort on December 11th against Humboldt. For the season, he has 2-goals and 13-assists in 37-games. Runner-up: Andrew McCann, Kindersley Klippers.
SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH: Tayrn Kotchorek, Battlefords North Stars
1997 G Taryn Kotchorek (North Battleford SK) won all four of his starts, stopping 117 of 122 shots overall, including a 25-save shutout against Kindersley on December 10th. He allowed one goal on 35-shots in his last game of the year against Melville to finish 4-and-0, 1.20, .959. For the year, he’s 16-and-2 with a 1.85-GAA and .926-SPCT. He has three shutouts. Runner-up: Kristian Stead, Nipawin Hawks.
SJHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH: Damian Bentz, Melville Millionaires
1998 F Damian Bentz (Punnichy SK) ended the month of December with a flurry, getting two Rookie Of The Week selections and riding that wave to the monthly honors as well. Bentz had a four-point game against Weyburn before Christmas and finished with 4-goals and 6-assists in 8-games and has season totals of 9-goals and 11-assists in 25-games. Runner-up: Tucker Scantlebury, Melville.