SGEU MVP of the Week: Alec Saretzky, Humboldt Broncos
Humboldt’s acquisition of Saskatoon native, Alec Saretzky is looking like an early candidate as the top move made throughout the offseason.
After a strong start to his SJHL career in weeks one and two, Saretzky made a serious statement in week three. The former 4th overall pick in the 2017 SJHL Bantam Draft scored a hattrick in the Broncos opening game of the SJHL Showcase on Monday. He followed that up with two points against the Estevan Bruins on Wednesday, a goal and an assist against the North Stars on Friday and two more goals in the rematch with the Battlefords on Saturday night.
Saretzky was the first SJHL’er to hit the double-digit goal mark and leads all scorers with 11 through his first eight games.
He is currently riding an 8-game point streak with at least one point in all of the Broncos games this year.
Weekly Stats – (4gp, 6g-3a-9pts, 2PIMS)
Runner up – Ben Tkatchuk, Melfort Mustangs
RBC Forward of the Week: Carter Anderson, Melfort Mustangs
The Melfort Mustangs went a perfect 4-0 this past week, and a big reason for their success has been 2001 born linchpin Carter Anderson.
After picking up just two points through his first five games it looks as if Anderson has found his stride. Anderson led the Mustangs with eight points in four games played this week, netting his first and second career SJHL goals against the La Ronge Ice Wolves in their weekend series. With six assists to go with it, it’s becoming evident that Anderson will be a driving force of offense for a Melfort team who currently holds the SJHL’s best record (7-1-0-1)
Weekly Stats: (4gp, 2g-6a-8pts, 0PIMS)
Runner up – Dylan Esau, Battelfords North Stars
MAYFAIR DIAGNOSTICS SJHL DEFENCEMAN OF THE WEEK: Tyson Janzen, Yorkton Terriers
One of the league’s top minute munchers is proving that his name will be in the conversation for yearly defenseman honors at the season’s conclusion.
As the Yorkton Terriers try to find their footing in the early going of the season, they have relied heavily on top-pairing d-man, Tyson Janzen. There aren’t many defensemen in the league who have as much experience as the 4th year Terrier in Janzen who just played his 113th SJHL regular season game this past weekend. Janzen compiled two goals and an assist through four games this week, including the overtime game winner on Friday against the Melville Millionaires.
Weekly Stats: (4gp, 2g-1a-3p, 6PIMS)
Runner Up: Lucas Ochitwa, Melfort Mustangs
SASKTEL SJHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK: Cal Shell, Flin Flon Bombers
As far as goaltenders go, it was the Cal Shell show this past week.
Shell got the start in two of the Bombers four games and was absolutely perfect throughout, picking up back-to-back shutouts. The 2001 born, 3rd year Bomber stopped 71 of 71 shots, staring with a 45-save performance at the showcase against Yorkton, and followed it up with a 25-save, 4-0 victory over Kindersley on Friday.
Shell now holds a 4-2-0-0 record to go along with a 2.50 GAA, and a .926 SV%.
Weekly Stats: (2-0-0-0, 71/71, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%)
Runner up: Joel Favreau, Melfort Mustangs
DIRECTWEST SJHL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK: Connor McGrath, Humboldt Broncos.
The SJHL’s leading point man has looked like a poised veteran through the early portions of the season. However, prior to this year, the LeRoy, SK native had only suited up for seven Jr-A games.
McGrath leads all SJHL players with 17 points in his first 8 games with the Humboldt Broncos this season.
After starting the year with seven points through his first two games, a feat that awarded him Player of the Week in week one, the 2003-born forward scooped up an additional 9 points (3g-6a) in Humboldt’s four games this past week, with multiple points in each outing.
All of McGrath’s goals came in a hat-trick performance in Humboldt’s 3-2 win over the Bruins at the SJHL Showcase.
Weekly Stats: (4gp, 3g-6a-9pts, 0PIMS)
Runner up: Carson Dobson, Nipawin Hawks