Week 1 - The opening weekend of the season has come and gone, and it is shaping up to be a competitive one. The teams appear to be more tightly bunched and on any given night a lucky bounce or a single player stepping up could mean victory for any team. Opening night in Delisle, Jonathan Redlick stepped up with a 5 point night as Beechy spoiled Delisle's home opener. He tallied a hat trick including the eventual game winner, and added 2 assists. That gives Beechy's Jonathan Redlick the nod for Player of the week.
Week 2/3 Light weekend during the Remembrance Day long weekend, so the POW Honours are for the 2nd and 3rd week combined. The two weeks saw some great individual and team efforts, but one game highlighted how a player can put an entire team on his back and carry them to victory. Elrose found themselves trailing Loreburn 4-2 with 10 minutes remaining in a battle of two teams searching for their first win. Zach Douglas took it on himself to get the Aces their first in front of their home crowd. He scored a Natural Hat Trick in the remaining minutes leading Elrose to edge out Loreburn 5-4. This, on top of a goal scored earlier gave him a 4 goal night. He also had an assist in a game against their stingy division rival Eston, and 2 assists against the Beechy Bombers. 7 points in 3 games gives Elrose's Zach Douglas the Nod for Player of the Week.
Week 4 The Kyle Elks are again in the discussion of early season favourites with their quick 5-0 start. This week they played Wednesday against division rival Elrose, and came away with a victory due to a strong team effort. Friday night night saw them face off against perhaps their top rival outside their division, the Beechy Bombers. This is always an exciting match up, especially when it takes place in the friendly confines of the Beechy Arena. Kyle attempted to shut down one of the leagues top scoring lines by matching Brennan Bosovich's line against them. Shutting them down is what they did thanks to strong two-way play by Bosivich and his line mates. But shutting them down was not enough, Brennan scored a key goal, and added 3 assists to help Kyle pick up a tough 2 points on the road. That effort gives Kyle Elk's Brennan Bosovich the Nod for Player of the Week.
Week 5 In Senior Hockey its not always who you would expect to be a major contributor to a team win that stands out. Key contributions do not always find their way onto the scoresheet either. This past weekend, the first place Elks had key performances from an unlikely source. Kyle native Mitch Day, a depth player in their forward line-up was asked to step up (back?) and fill a whole in the Elk's depleted defense. Step up - he did! He generated some quality shots from the point, and set up some terrific scoring chances. In 2 games this past weekend, Mitch tallied 1 assist, but stepped into a strong group of defensemen, and they didn't skip a beat. The Elks were 2-0 this weekend, including an impressive 4-0 shut out against defending league champions, and division rival Eston Ramblers. The town of Kyle should be proud of their local son Mitch Day, as he has earned this weeks nod for Player of the week!
Week 6 Momentum means a lot in hockey, it can carry a team on a hot streak, or take them downhill in a hurry. Good teams stay hot, but also have the ability to bounce back from a brief letdown. This week saw just that, as the Eston Ramblers bounced back from a 1 win 2 loss streak over their last 3 games. They rebounded going a perfect 3-0 this week against teams who occupy 3 of the top 5 spots in the standings leapfrogging them into a tie for second. Defensman Dustin Stevenson was a huge part of that. He piggybacked a hat trick to end last week with another in an 8-5 win over Beechy. He also added an assist in that game leading to an 8-5 Rambler win Wednesday night. He followed that up with an assist in a 4-0 win over league leading Kyle, and the game winning goal in a tightly contested 2-1 win over Delisle. 4 goals and 2 assists in 3 Rambler wins gives Stevenson my nod for player of the week.
Week 7 Some people who don't me might be surprised to hear I am a former goalie. For those who do know me, that fact may be the answer to your question "Why is he like that?" Goalies never have had it easy, and their stats are often overlooked on the stats page, but they are key in most wins. Last week was no exception, as Jesse Book was key in Loreburn's 6-5 victory over division rival Kenaston. Jesse made 42 saves in the win that placed Loreburn in a playoff spot at the midway point of the season. Congrats to Loreburn's Jesse Book, the week 7 Player of the Week!
Week 8/9 Happy New Year! Welcome back, this is always a great time of year. Teams start battling for playoff position, provincials are about to start, and a goaltender is the SVHL Player of the Week for a second week in a row. Dave Armet has backstopped the Central Butte Flyers to 4 wins in the past two weeks, extending their overall streak to 6 wins. In the past 4 games, Dave has sported a .924 save percentage an impressive GAA of 2.0. This past weekend he was forced to make 38 saves against Elrose, and turned around to make 30 the next night against Kenaston. In order to keep their win streak alive, Armet had to be at his best in the 3rd period against Kenaston. Clinging to a 1 goal lead, the Flyers found themselves wearing a path to the penalty box. Armet stepped up and was their best penalty killer allowing the Flyers to add an insurance goal late and extend their winning streak to 6. Congrats to Flyers Dave Armet, SVHL Player of the Week.
Week 10 Here we are, we are in the home stretch. As teams enter the final quarter of their schedules, every point becomes more important. There is much to be decided, playoff spots, place in the standings, and battles for home ice. Beechy came up with a huge 4 point weekend to keep them in 4th, giving them a chance to earn the home ice advantage in the first round. Although Beechy boasts a couple of the leagues top scorers, it has been a team effort that has led to their success. To avoid a season series sweep against division rival Outlook, Alex Barnes was given the assignment of shutting down Outlook's top line. He also scored to help Beechy win a closely contested game 7-5. Then on Sunday, Barnes contributed 3 helpers as the Bombers completed the season series sweep of Delisle. A 4 point weekend for the Bombers, a 4 point weekend for Barnes, that gives Alex Barnes the nod for SVHL Player of the week.
Week 11 With all teams finish their regular season in the next 7 days, many things are yet to be decided. There are 3 teams battling for the final 2 playoff positions, we will not know who clinches till the 20th game is in the books. Last weekend, Kenaston took a huge step closer to clinching one of the 2 spots with 2 big wins. Saturday night saw them on the road against division rival Loreburn, one of the other teams battling for a playoff birth. Kenaston won the game 8-2, a 4 point swing between them and the 19ers. On Sunday, they played host to the Delisle Bruins who had already clinched a spot in the playoffs. Kenaston skated to a home victory, defeating the Bruins 5-4. Rhett Kehoe led the way for the Blizzard. 3 Goals and 3 helpers for the weekend gives Kehoe the nod for the player of the week.
Week 12 The final full weekend of the regular season left much to be decided in the final 4 games. But even though Delisle was locked in 6th place, they set out to play spoiler. Their final 2 games saw them match up against top 3 teams, and they set out to prove they would be tough opponent in round 1. That they did! They played host to Eston on Friday night, and backstopped by an outstanding performance from Jared Dubkowski, beat them 6-4, making Eston's road to claiming the #1 seed more challenging. Dubkowski stared down 32 Eston shots for the win in only his 4th start of the season. This gives Jared Dubkowski my nod for player of the week. Honorable mention goes to Delisle's other goalie Tyler Peakman. Peakman stopped 32 of 35 shots in Delisle's final game against Outlook, defeating one of leagues top offences 4-3.
Good luck to all teams in League and Provincial Playoffs!
3 Stars of Round 1
Kyle vs. Elrose
1st Star - Jesse Shynkaruk, Kyle
2nd Star - Jordan Wittman, Kyle
3rd Star - Ryan Campbell, Elrose
Delisle Vs. Beechy
1st Star - Jared Dubkowski and Tyler Peakman, Delisle
2nd Star - Jace Smalcel, Delisle
3rd Star - Ryan Menei, Beechy
Central Butte Vs. Outlook
1st Star -Dave Armet, CB
2nd Star - Joe Bristow, CB
3rd Star - Brendan Plant, Outlook
Eston Vs. Kenaston
1st Star - Brett Lewchuck, Eston
2nd Star - Cam Oliphant, Eston
3rd Star - Justin Williams, Eston
Honourable Mention - Mike Prpich, Kenaston