By Mike Stackhouse
CANALTA HOTELS SJHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt McNeil, Estevan Bruins
1996 F Matt McNeil (Spruce Grove AB) fired three goals and five assists this past week as the Bruins, not only won all three of those games, but also scored 22 goals in the process. McNeil had a goal and four points in a win over Humboldt. He also scored in a victory over Kindersley. He finished the week with three points as part of an eight goal outburst against the, usually, stingy Battlefords North Stars. On the year, McNeil has 14-goals and 21-assists in 27-games as he challenges for the league scoring lead. Runner-up: Jake Fletcher, Estevan.
IBAS SJHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK: Kendall Fransoo, Battlefords North Stars
1996 D Kendall Fransoo (North Battleford SK) hasn’t been known as a big offensive point producer despite being one of the league’s best rearguards in the last couple of seasons. Nevertheless, Fransoo had a goal and three assists in three games this past week to raise his overall season line to 4-goals and 14-assists in 27-games. He had a goal and an assist in a Tuesday win over Nipawin and then picked up two helpers in the offensive shootout against Estevan on Saturday. Runner-up: Eric Sinclair, Flin Flon.
SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK: Zac Robidoux, Flin Flon Bombers
1996 G Zac Robidoux (Winnipeg MB) was a perfect 2-and-0 this past week, although he wasn’t very busy in a 13-save shutout against Melville on Sunday. He stopped 23-of-25 one night earlier against Humboldt to give him a .947 SPCT for the week. He’s 6-2-and-2 with a 2.49-GAA and .913-SPCT (2 shutouts) on the year. Runner-up: Evan Plotnik, Melfort.
SJHL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Hayden Guilderson, Estevan Bruins
1997 F Hayden Guilderson (Chilliwack BC) was a big part of Estevan’s offensive explosion this past week, especially on Friday when he had a goal and two assists in a win over Kindersley. He also scored in a win over Humboldt on Thursday and set up a goal on Saturday against the North Stars. He now has 6-goals and 11-assists in 27-games.