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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (Mar 10)

CANALTA HOTELS SJHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Cole Rafuse, Flin Flon Bombers
1999 F Cole Rafuse (Kentville NS) lit up the Humboldt Broncos in game two of their playoff series to the tune of four goals and one assist in a 6-3 victory.  This came one night after Rafuse set up a pair in a 5-2 win over the Broncos. The scene shifts to Humboldt on Tuesday and Wednesday for games three and four.  Rafuse, who is also a Memorial Cup champion player at the Major Junior level, ripped 88-points in 57-games during the regular season and he’s off to a flying start to the postseason.  Runner-up: Alec Zawatsky, Yorkton.

MAYFAIR DIAGNOSTICS SJHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK:  Alex Rondeau, Melfort Mustangs
1999 D Alex Rondeau (Drummondville PQ) was part of a blueline that allowed only 19 shots in game one and 15 shots in game two of their series with the Estevan Bruins.  The veteran also chipped in with two assists in game two as the Mustangs earned a split after losing the opener on home ice. The series will see games three and four be played on Tuesday and Wednesday in Estevan.  Runner-up: James Philpott, La Ronge.

SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK:  Keenan Rancier, Estevan Bruins
2000 G Keenan Rancier (Victoria BC) kicked out 44-shots in game one against Melfort as he, almost single handedly, stole game one on the road for the Estevan Bruins.  For an encore, Rancier was good on 42 of 44 shots in game two however the Mustangs were able to eke out the victory. Rancier has a SPCT .966 and a GAA of 1.51 through the early going of the playoffs.  Runner-up: Kristian Lyon, Battlefords.

DIRECTWEST SJHL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:  Xavier Cannon, La Ronge Ice Wolves
2001 G Xavier Cannon (Kamloops BC) came within five minutes of leading the Ice Wolves to a stunning two wins on the road of their playoff series against Yorkton, however he still helped them earn a split and he was exceptional in turning aside 60-of-65 shots in the two games, which is good for a 2.52-GAA and .923-SPCT.  Cannon has played every minute of the last nine games and he has, at least, two more to go before Liam McGarva is reinstated from his 30-day suspension. Saturday’s loss was the first in regulation since he assumed the number one job on February 12th. Runner-up: Cody Davis, Estevan.