Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League


By Dave Leaderhouse

It is often said defence wins championships and the NCAA’s Division III Norwich Cadets can thank the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for their strong blueline brigade as a quartet of former rearguards from the SJHL helped them win their fourth national championship on the weekend.

Throw in a solid forward and a top-notch netminder and the Cadets had a bevy of SJHL talent on their roster.

Patrolling the Cadets’ blueline this season were David Robertson (Estevan 2012-15), Alec Brandrup (Melville 2013-14), Josh Cronin (Weyburn 2014-16) and Jake Erickson (Battlefords 2013-15).

Up front, long-time Notre Dame player Ian Williams (2012-16) played a key role in helping secure the title as he scored the overtime winner in the Cadets’ semi-final victory over Adrian College on Friday.

Williams’s teammate in Wilcox in 2012-13, netminder Ty Reichenbach, also had a prominent role in securing the title as he stopped 35 of 36 shots in the 4-1 victory over Trinity College in the championship final on Saturday.

Enroute to the championship the Cadets won 25 straight games, a program record, and it was their first title since 2010.

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