By Mike Stackhouse/Dave Leaderhouse
Canalta Hotels SJHL Player of the Week: Jared Legien, Yorkton Terriers
With the Yorkton Terriers having played the most games of any team in the SJHL, they had to make some hay while the sun shines and in their two games against the Kindersley Klippers this week they did just that winning the first 5-4 before falling by the same score in overtime in the second. Jared Legien, a 1998-born player from Pilot Butte, was the offensive catalyst for the Terriers scoring three goals and setting up three others in the two contests helping Yorkton move into a three-way tie for sixth place overall in the standings. Legien had two goals and two helpers in the win on Tuesday and then added another goal and an assist in the loss on Friday. Runner-up: Cole Plotnikoff, Kindersley Klippers.
SaskTel SJHL Goaltender of the Week: Benjamin Patt, Notre Dame Hounds
It wasn’t that long ago that the Notre Dame Hounds were in a fight just to make the playoffs, but two wins and an overtime loss this past week extended their points streak to six games and has them in a three-way tie for the final playoff spot that will avoid having to play in the best-of-five Wild Card round. Goaltending has been a big factor in the Hounds’ recent success and Benjamin Patt continues to turn in solid play since returning to the league in early January. Patt, a 1996 product from Brampton, Ont,, had a win and overtime loss – both against the Estevan Bruins – as he stopped 55 of 59 shots for a .932 save percentage. Patt’s performances were sandwiched around a 5-0 shutout victory over the Melville Millionaires by his colleague Riley Higdon. Runner-up: Garrett Mason, Humboldt Broncos.
IBAS SJHL Defenceman of the Week: Regan Seiferling, Yorkton Terriers
Third-year defenceman Regan Seiferling also enjoyed a strong week in the pair of contests against Kindersley as the 1997-born Moose Jaw native had two assists in each of the games against the Klippers. Seiferling, who is committed to attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall, is now tied for seventh among blueliners in scoring despite missing a number of games at Christmas when he played for Team West at the World Junior “A” Challenge. Runner-up: Nick Rein, Notre Dame Hounds.
SJHL Rookie of the Week: Colby Brandt, Notre Dame Hounds
Colby Brandt had one of the biggest offensive outputs of his young SJHL career this past week when the 1998-born Regina product had two goals and two assists in the three Notre Dame contests. Brandt collected one assist in the Hounds’ 5-1 win over Estevan on Tuesday and then followed that up with a goal and an assist against Melville on Friday and then netted his 10th of the season in the overtime loss to Estevan on Saturday. Brandt is now tied for eighth in scoring among first-year players with 10 goals and 18 assists. Runner-up: Michael McChesney, Estevan Bruins.