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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (Sept 24)

By Mike Stackhouse

Photo Credit: Broad Leaf Media

CANALTA HOTELS SJHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Justin Ball, Melfort Mustangs
1998 F Justin Ball (Saskatoon SK) led the Mustangs with 2-goals and 5-assists over 3-games this past week as Melfort opened the Showcase with a victory over the Klippers and enter the week with a .500 record.  Ball had 3-assists in Sunday’s game against Kindersley as they rallied from being down 2-0 to emerge winners. Ball also scored in a loss at Kindersley on Friday and he started the week with a goal and two assists in an overtime loss to Battlefords on Thursday with both helpers allowing Melfort to come from 3-1 down to force an extra period.  Ball has 5-goals and 5-assists in 5-games on the year and is second in the league in scoring. Runner-up: Turner Ripplinger, Estevan.

IBAS SJHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK:  Cody Spagrud, Battlefords North Stars
1998 D Cody Spagrud (Gull Lake SK) picked up an assist in each of his team’s three games this past week as the Stars rebounded from back to back losses on season opening weekend to take two of three this past week.  Spagrud assisted on a goal in a home ice win over Melfort on Thursday and then set up another goal in Friday’s loss to Humboldt before getting on the scoresheet again on Sunday as the Stars downed La Ronge at the Showcase.  Spagrud has 3-assists in 5-games overall on the year and is a veteran of 163 games in the SJHL over his career. Runner-up: Blake Kleiner, Kindersley.

SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK:  Dane Dow, Humboldt Broncos
1999 G Dane Dow (Rivercourse AB) led the Broncos to a pair of victories last week, including a shutout win at Notre Dame on Tuesday in which he turned aside 32-shots.  He also helped the Broncos secure their first home win of the year by blocking 23-of-25 on Friday to finish the week 2-0, 1.00, .965. Overall, Dow is 2-and-2 with a 2.00-GAA and .927-SPCT.  Runner-up: Riley Lamb, Weyburn.

SJHL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:  Aiden Bulych, Yorkton Terriers
2001 F Aiden Bulych (Yorkton SK) got on the scoresheet in a big way Friday night, leading the Terriers with a goal and three assists in their home opening win over the Weyburn Red Wings.  Bulych had a cup of coffee with the Terriers as a 16-year-old and contributed 3-points in 7-games, so he’s up to 3-goals and 4-assists in 10-games for his career despite still being midget eligible.  Runner-up: Jaxon Tait, Melville.