By Craig Stein
Most Since 2000-2001
(Photo credit: www.northstars.ca)
Layne Young picked up a first period assist Thursday night, his 31st point during a now 16-game point streak (10g-21a), and it was his 107th point (35g-72a) of the regular season as the Battlefords North Stars beat the Kindersley Klippers 5-2 in their final head to head meeting this season.
One of the magic numbers Young was chasing down the stretch was 106, which was the total La Ronge Ice Wolves’ linemates Travis Eggum (58g-48a) and Marc-Andre Carre (39g-67a) put up in the 2010-11 season. 107 gives Young the most by any player in 17 years. Tyler Shantz of the Lebret Eagles was the only player to rack up more points than Young. Shantz finished with 111 points (46g-65a) in 2000-2001.
Young is just the 7th player since the year 2000 to hit the century mark, and now has the second most points during that stretch.
SJHL Players With 100 Points Since 2000
2017-2018 Layne Young (BAT) 107 points (57 games)
2010-2011 Marc-Andre Carre (LAR) 106 points (55 games)
2010-2011 Travis Eggum (LAR) 106 points (58 games)
2002-2003 Garett Cameron (MFT) 106 points (57 games)
2001-2002 Lance Kopan (YOR) 101 points (64 games)
2000-2001 Tyler Shantz (LEB) 111 points (61 games)
2000-2001 Chad Anderson (NIP) 101 points (58 games)
It was a different story in the 1998-1999 season, when five players, three from Melfort and two Yorkton Terriers.
1998-1999 Kevin Doell (MFT) 141 points (66 games)
1998-1999 Scott Markowsky (MFT) 128 points (66 games)
1998-1999 Martin Paquet (MFT) 115 points (66 games)
1998-1999 Trevor Weisgerber (YOR) 105 points (69 games)
1998-1999 Devin Rask (YOR) 100 points (63 games)
Back to Thursday’s game, Cole Johnson had a goal and two assists, while Matthias Urbanski, Keith Anderson, Levi Kleiboer and Garan Magnes also scored for the Stars (42-13-2-0). Taryn Kotchorek made 23/25 saves.
Nik Malenica and Noah Turanski scored for the Klippers, who wrap up their regular season with a record of 28-22-4-3. They’ll finish 6th and take on the 3rd place Estevan Bruins in a Best-of-Seven Quarter-Final, with Games 1 & 2 set for next Friday and Saturday (March 16th & 17th) in Estevan. Malenica finishes the regular season on a 14 game point streak (8g-13a-21p).
Friday night marks the final night of the regular season, and it’ll include the North Stars finishing off their regular campaign in Nipawin. That’s the top two teams in the league, who after the game will turn their attention to the Wild Card Series as they’ll get the winners in the Quarter-Finals. The Hawks are the #1 seed and will face the lowest seed remaining to come out of the Wild Card.
The big one Friday has Weyburn on the road in Yorkton. It’s the only one that can affect the standings. Weyburn sits 8th, one point back of Notre Dame. A win would lift the Wings into 7th, which would mean they’d face 10th place Melville in the Wild Card. A regulation or overtime/shootout loss would keep the Wings in 8th and set them up with a Wild Card date against #9 Flin Flon.
Also Friday, Estevan and Melville wrap up a home and home in Estevan, while La Ronge finishes up their season in Flin Flon.