By Mike Stackhouse
CANALTA HOTELS SJHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jaxon Joseph, Humboldt Broncos
1997 F Jaxon Joseph (Edmonton AB) was a driving force for the Broncos in the first two games of their quarter-final series against Melfort as Humboldt earned a split away from home as the series shifts back to Humboldt for games three and four. Joseph had two goals and one assist in a dominating game one win and then he scored two more in game two on Saturday despite his club coming up short in their bid to win both road games. Joseph is a former Mustang and was traded for Tristen Elder earlier in the year. Runner-up: Layne Young, Battlefords.
IBAS SJHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK: Josh McDougall, Nipawin Hawks
1998 D Josh McDougall (Prince Albert SK) was all over the scoresheet, as he normally is, in the first two games of his team’s series with the Flin Flon Bombers as Nipawin goes up north with a 2-0 lead. McDougall had a third period assist in a 5-1 game one victory and then in game two, he factored in on all three of his team’s goals as he set up the tying goal, potted the game winner, and then assisted on the insurance goal in a 3-1 win. Runner-up: Olivier Lantagne, Notre Dame.
SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK: Declan Hobbs, Nipawin Hawks
1998 G Declan Hobbs (Saskatoon SK) backstopped the Hawks to consecutive wins over the Flin Flon Bombers to open up their quarter-final series. In game one, the Hawks were outshot 32-31 but Hobbs only allowed one goal and it allowed his teammates to get their feet underneath them and get acclimated to playoff hockey. In game two, it was better all-around effort from all players and Hobbs wasn’t as busy in stopping 21-of-22. Runner-up: Bo Didur, Estevan.
MYSASK 411 SJHL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Donavan Houle, Flin Flon Bombers
1999 F Donavan Houle (Montreal PQ) erupted on offense and, pretty much, single handedly led the Bombers past the Notre Dame Hounds in the Survivor Series. Houle scored 6-goals in 3-games during the series; including this week when he potted a hat trick in the clincher on Wednesday. He also scored twice one night earlier in helping his team earn a win on the road. Houle had 7-goals in 58-games during the regular season, so his outburst has been a surprise. Runner-up: Cade Kowalski, Weyburn.