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.