CANALTA HOTELS SJHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cole Rafuse, Flin Flon Bombers
1999 F Cole Rafuse (Kentville NS) fired five goals and three assists in two games played last week to help the Bombers to a pair of victories and maintain their lead atop the Sherwood Division. On Friday, he had two powerplay goals and one assist as part of a 6-5 shootout decision over Humboldt. Saturday, he terrorized Notre Dame with a powerplay goal, shorthanded goal, and even strength goal while also adding a pair of assists in a 9-3 win. For the year, Rafuse has 19-goals and 21-assists in 23-games played. He’s been a major force on the powerplay with 10-goals and 10-assists coming with the man advantage. Runner-up: Chantz Petruic, Yorkton.
MAYFAIR DIAGNOSTICS SJHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK: Ben Manson, La Ronge Ice Wolves
1999 D Ben Manson (Prince Albert SK) is enjoying his best offensive season and he added to that this past week with two goals and two assists in three games played. He had a helper on Thursday night as the Ice Wolves doubled Notre Dame 4-2. On Saturday, he scored late in the second period and early in the third period as La Ronge pulled away for an 8-4 victory over Humboldt. Manson’s previous career high for points in a season was 8, but he is already up to 13 this year with 3-goals and 10-assists in 25-games. Runner-up: Mason Martin, Flin Flon.
SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK: Joseph Young, Weyburn Red Wings
2001 G Joseph Young (Regina SK) came through in a big way for his team that continues to struggle to provide offense. On Friday night he stopped 29-of-30 shots in regulation and overtime and then turned away eight straight Melville players in the shootout as the Wings finally emerged with a 2-1 win. On Saturday, he cooled off the high flying Yorkton Terriers with 34-saves in a 2-0 shutout decision. Young sports a 2.06-GAA and .938-SPCT to go along with a 2-and-3 record as these two games were the first two wins of his young career. Runner-up: Berk Berkeliev, Melville.
DIRECTWEST SJHL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Logan Kurki, Humboldt Broncos
2001 F Logan Kurki (Maple Ridge BC) picked up points in all three games played this past week, including a two goal effort on Friday as the Broncos defeated La Ronge 5-1. Kurki added two assists one night later despite the Broncos being on the wrong end of the score. On Thursday, he tallied a goal in a 6-5 shootout defeat in Flin Flon as the Broncos played all three of their games on the road. Kurki has been a great source of secondary scoring since being acquired in a trade earlier this season and has 4-goals and 8-assists in 13-games overall. Runner-up: Karter McNarland, Humboldt.