By Mike Stackhouse
CANALTA HOTELS SJHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Coby Downs, Battlefords North Stars
1996 F Coby Downs (Montclair CA USA) picked up a goal and six helpers in four games played last week as he increased his overall point scoring streak to seven games. He started with three assists in two games against a tough Flin Flon Bomber squad and then had the game’s only goal against Yorkton on Saturday. He set up three against Melville on Sunday and now has 15-goals and 26-assists in 26-games. Runner up: Layne Young, Battlefords.
IBAS SJHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK: Andrew McCann, Kindersley Klippers
1997 D Andrew McCann (Calgary AB) has become a minutes eating machine on the Klipper back end as the team rolls into the Christmas break. McCann, this past week, had a goal and an assist in both games he played. That includes Wednesday’s game against his former club, Humboldt, and Saturday’s affair against the North Stars. He has 7-goals and 11-assists in 34-games on the year. Runner up: Eric Sinclair, Flin Flon.
SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK: Taryn Kotchorek, Battlefords North Stars
1997 G Taryn Kotchorek (North Battleford SK) won both of his starts this past week, including 23-saves on 25-shots against Flin Flon on Wednesday night. He blocked 34-of-35 at Melville on Sunday to finish the week with a 1.39-GAA and .954-SPCT. His regular season numbers are 16-and-2, 1.85, .929. Runner up: Nathan Hargrave, Yorkton.
SJHL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Damian Bentz, Melville Millionaires
1998 F Damian Bentz (Punnichy SK) earns the nod for the second week in a row after he scored three goals and two assists in three games played. Bentz had a big four point game in a win over Weyburn on Saturday. He also had his team’s only goal on Tuesday in a loss to Melfort. Quickly becoming Melville’s most dangerous offensive player, he has 9-goals and 10-assists in 22-games. Runner up: Adam Dawe, Notre Dame.