Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The SJHL This Week

The SJHL has inducted its Hall of Fame Class for 2010. This past Saturday night in Humboldt, the league recognized five individuals and one team. The five were referee Mick McGeough, former Humboldt Bronco Bill McDougall, Humboldt’s native son-Glenn Hall, two men whose name is synonomous with the Bronco organization—Dr. Gerry Rooney and Dr. Terry Henning and the 2002-2003 RBC Cup champion Broncos. A banner ceremony was held in which each hall of fame inductee was saluted by the crowd at the Elgar Petersen Arena during the hall of fame game featuring the Broncos and Melfort. A formal dinner was held the next night.

The Broncos and Mustangs have been battling with the La Ronge Ice Wolves for first place in the Bauer Conference in what has been a fierce three way race that could soon involve a 4th team. The Flin Flon Bombers are the hottest team in the league having won six straight to move them to within 5 of the Ice Wolves in the Bauer.

While the Bombers are trying to make it a four way race for first in the Bauer, the Yorkton Terriers are threatening to run away from the rest of the Sherwood Conference. Trent Cassan has the best team in the league right now when it comes to points as they have 42, and they start the week riding a four game winning streak. That streak puts them 11 points ahead of 2nd place Estevan. One must note though that the Terriers have played the most games in the league so far at 31.

Four SJHL players will be off to Dauphin, Manitoba next month for the CJHL Prospects game. The four, who will play on Team West December 5 and 6, are Battlefords defenceman Brody Luhning and teammate Kyle Hall, Melville’s Lucas Froese and Humboldt defenceman Josh Roach.

All four of those players will be in Weyburn this coming weekend as the annual Showcase takes place. All 12 teams will play a pair of games in front of many watchful eyes as scouts and coaches from NCAA and CIS schools are expected to take in the weekend action. The first game goes Friday morning at 11 AM with everything wrapping up Sunday night.

Kindersley Klippers captain Andrew Dommett has declared his intention to play for Lake Superior State next season. The 20 year old from Major, Saskatchewan hasn’t had much of a chance to strut his stuff this year due to an early season injury, but he is a player that tied for the league lead in goals last season with 36. Dommett goes to the same school that currently has former Weyburn Red Wings Andrew Perreault and Kyle Haines along with former Yorkton Terrier Chad Nehring on its roster.


Travis Eggum – (La Ronge Ice Wolves) – The 20 year old from Saskatoon was one of three La Ronge forwards who had double digits in points this week. Eggum had 12 points (6 goals -6 assists) in three games. One of those games was a four goal, one assist night against the Battlefords. Eggum leads the league in goals with 25 and is in the top 5 in the overall scoring race.


Tanner Korchinski – (Flin Flon) – One of the reasons why the Bombers are the hottest team in the SJHL right now is the play of Korchinski on the Bombers blueline. The 20 year old Flin Flon native has been a pillar of strength as the team continues to lurk just behind La Ronge, Melfort and Humboldt in the Bauer Conference


Devin Peters – (Yorkton) – Peters has once again established himself as one of the top, if not the top goaltender in the SJHL. He leads the league in wins with 15 and sits third in goals against average at 2.83. Peters was in net for all three of Yorkton’s wins this past week stopping 93 of 97 shots and posting a goals against average of 1.33


1. Yorkton Terriers – Does this team have a weakness right now? If they do, its not showing.

2. Flin Flon Bombers – The Bombers have won seven in a row and are taking a legitimate run at the top three teams in the Bauer. Mike Reagan has made many changes to the team so far this year, but those changes appear to be paying off.

3. La Ronge Ice Wolves – Doug Lindensmith, Marc-Andre Carre and Travis Eggum are giving opposition goalies nightmares with their play. The three combined for 15 goals and 20 assists over three games this week.

4. Humboldt Broncos – The Broncos have definitely cooled off after their fast start, but Friday’s Hall of Fame game win over Melfort may have been the tonic that was needed to get going again.

5. Melfort Mustangs – The Mustangs only played a pair of games this week splitting them. Adam Wihak continues to be perhaps the most under-rated player in the league.

6. Estevan Bruins – The Bruins lost both of their games this week to fall further back of Yorkton. Like other teams in the Sherwood, the Bruins can’t lose sight of Weyburn otherwise they will be just trying to preserve 2nd.

7. Battlefords Stars – The Stars split their four games this past week, but they are showing that they are a much better hockey team than their record indicates and that they are a tough team to beat right now.

8. Weyburn Red Wings – The Red Wings are four points out of 2nd in the Sherwood. On the flip side, they are only four points up on last place Notre Dame. The offence is coming by committee right now as no one player has taken the reins.

9. Kindersley Klippers – Larry Wintoneak has been auditioning goalies all year long. He may have found one in former AJHL all-star Sean Cahill.

10. Melville Millionaires – The Millionaires had a big win scoring in the last minute Friday to tie and then beat Kindersley, but it’s the only game they played.

11. Notre Dame Hounds – Its never easy playing those back to back road games in Flin Flon and La Ronge and like many others before them, they left the northern part of the league without any points.

12. Nipawin Hawks – Doug Johnson’s team is at the bare minimum right now. It may be one reason as to why the losses are piling up.

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