Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League


By Mike Stackhouse

CANALTA HOTELS PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Matthew Perkins, La Ronge Ice Wolves
1997 F Matthew Perkins (White City SK) burned his former team in a big way this past week, scoring 3-goals and 3-assists in 2-games against the Terriers.  The newly acquired La Ronge forward had 1 point in 13 games with Yorkton this season and only 20 points in 111 career games before the weekend.  But, he made a nice debut on Friday with the Ice Wolves, scoring once and setting up another and then one night later, he did one better in both the goals and assists department, boosting his overall totals to 3-goals and 4-assists in 16-games.  Runner up:  Jason Bednarski, La Ronge.

IBAS DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK:  Mike Eskra, Weyburn Red Wings
1997 D Mike Eskra (Regina SK) had three points in three games played this past week, two of those three games Red Wing wins.  Eskra scored at Melville on Wednesday and then added assists, at home, against Nipawin on Friday and then got another assist in Melville on Saturday.  He’s up to 4-goals and 13-assists in 18-games on the season.  Runner up:  Jake Heerspink, Estevan.

SASKTEL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK:  Justen Close, Kindersley Klippers
1998 G Justen Close (Kindersley SK) picked up a win and a shootout loss in his two starts this past week, helping the Klippers earn three of a possible four points.  Close made 31-saves and gave up just one goal on Halloween night as the Klippers handed the North Stars their first regulation loss of the year.  Saturday, he made 31-saves against the same Stars in a shootout loss.  He’s now 5-5-and-1 with a 2.88 GAA and. 922 SPCT for the year.  Runner up:  Declan Hobbs, Nipawin.

MYSASK411 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:  Jacob Wassermann, Humboldt Broncos
2000 G Jacob Wassermann (Humboldt SK) is one of the best underaged players in the league and he had another solid week, posting a 1-0-0-1 record and a GAA of 1.44 and a SPCT of .938 as he blocked 45-of-48 shots in his two starts.  Wassermann had 32-saves on 34-shots against Battlefords on Wednesday’s shootout loss.  He had 13-saves and allowed just 1-goal on Friday as the Broncos beat Melville.  For the season, he’s 8-3-and-1 with a 2.39-GAA and .916-SPCT.  Runner up:  Jordan Kazymyra, Weyburn.

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