Road to the 2017 RBC Cup
Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
Jason La Rose
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March 9, 2017
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PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS
7) Notre Dame Hounds vs. 10) Melfort Mustangs
8) Weyburn Red Wings vs. 9) Kindersley Klippers

1) Battlefords North Stars vs. lowest-seeded team from preliminary round
2) Flin Flon Bombers vs. highest-seeded team from preliminary round
3) Estevan Bruins vs. 6) Yorkton Terriers
4) Nipawin Hawks vs. 5) Humboldt Broncos

FINAL STANDINGS (W-L-OTL)
Olympic Buildings Division
Battlefords – 97 points (48-9-1)
Humboldt – 64 points (31-25-2)
Notre Dame – 61 points (26-23-9)
Kindersley – 53 points (25-30-3)

Sherwood Division
Flin Flon – 83 points (39-14-5)
Nipawin – 83 points (40-15-3)
Melfort – 49 points (21-30-7)
La Ronge – 17 points (6-47-5)

Viterra Division
Estevan – 77 points (37-18-3)
Yorkton – 61 points (28-25-5)
Weyburn – 57 points (25-26-7)
Melville – 47 points (22-33-3)

LEADING SCORERS
Ben Duperreault (Notre Dame) – 37G 42A 79P
Greyson Reitmeier (Flin Flon) – 28G 51A 79P
Josh Bly (Nipawin) – 20G 53A 73P
Coby Downs (Battlefords) – 29G 43A 72P
Layne Young (Battlefords) – 27G 44A 71P

LEADING GOALTENDERS
Taryn Kotchorek (Battlefords) – 27-3-0, 1.61 GAA, .936 SV%, 5 SO
Joel Grzybowski (Battlefords) – 21-4-1, 1.66 GAA, .935 SV%, 6 SO
Kristian Stead (Nipawin) – 29-12-1, 1.97 GAA, .936 SV%, 7 SO
Zac Robidoux (Flin Flon) – 19-6-3, 2.14 GAA, .922 SV%, 6 SO
Nathan Hargrave (Yorkton) – 24-17-3, 2.73 GAA, .919 SV%, 3 SO

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
2015 (Melfort Mustangs – fourth place)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
30 (2015, 2014, 2012 (host), 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005 (host), 2004, 2003, 2001, 2001 (host), 2000, 1999, 1999 (host), 1998, 1997, 1996, 1996 (host), 1994, 1993, 1991, 1990, 1988, 1987 (host), 1984, 1982, 1981, 1979, 1978, 1977)

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
2014 (Yorkton Terriers)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
10 (2014, Yorkton Terriers; 2008, Humboldt Broncos; 2005, Weyburn Red Wings; 2003, Humboldt Broncos; 1988, Notre Dame Hounds; 1984, Weyburn Red Wings; 1982, Prince Albert Raiders; 1981, Prince Albert Raiders; 1979, Prince Albert Raiders; 1977, Prince Albert Raiders)

TOP REGULAR SEASON TEAM – BATTLEFORDS NORTH STARS
Back to back. The Battlefords North Stars rode the best defence in SJHL history to a second consecutive regular season championship, posting 48 wins in 58 games. The North Stars lapped the field in the Olympic Buildings Division for the second year in a row, going a combined 21-1 against Humboldt, Kindersley and Notre Dame to finish with a 33-point lead; over the last two seasons, Battlefords is a ridiculous 41-1-1 within its own division. While the offence was very good, finishing third in the league with 223 goals, it was the defence that turned heads; the North Stars allowed just 103 goals, an average of 1.78 per game, and the lowest total in SJHL history. Taryn Kotchorek and Joel Grzybowski were a dynamic duo in goal – they finished one-two in GAA (1.61 and 1.66) and combined for 11 shutouts, while both posting save percentages north of .930. Coby Downs (29-43—72) and Layne Young (27-44—71) were the unquestioned leaders up front, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively in SJHL scoring. Both cracked the top 10 for the second year in a row.

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
mbell@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

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