Road to the 2018 RBC Cup: SJHL
The Nipawin Hawks finished No. 1 in GA, PP and PK to end an 18-year regular-season title drought
Jason La Rose
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March 13, 2018
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The 18-year drought is over – the Nipawin Hawks are regular-season champions in the SJHL. The Hawks topped the standings on the Prairies for the first time since 1999-2000 thanks to a strong … well, everything. Nipawin led the SJHL in goals against (131), power play (23.4%) and penalty killing (85.9%), and was No. 2 in goals scored (232). The Hawks were also the only team to post a double-digit win streak, running off 10-consecutive Ws from Dec. 5-Jan. 6. Josh McDougall was the offensive catalyst, racking up 57 assists (third-most in the SJHL) and taking fifth in league scoring, while Jake Anthony and Declan Hobbs shared the workload between the pipes, finishing one-two in goals-against average.

PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS
7) Weyburn Red Wings vs. 10) Melville Millionaires
8) Notre Dame Hounds vs. 9) Flin Flon Bombers
1) Nipawin Hawks vs. lowest-seeded team from preliminary round
2) Battlefords North Stars vs. highest-seeded team from preliminary round
3) Estevan Bruins vs. 6) Kindersley Klippers
4) Melfort Mustangs vs. 5) Humboldt Broncos

FINAL STANDINGS (W-L-OTL)
Global Ag Risk Solutions Division
Battlefords – 86 points (42-14-2)
Humboldt – 72 points (33-19-6)
Kindersley – 65 points (29-22-7)
Notre Dame – 63 points (29-24-5)

Sherwood Division
Nipawin – 93 points (43-8-7)
Melfort – 84 points (39-13-6)
Flin Flon – 56 points (24-26-8)
La Ronge – 23 points (10-45-3)

Viterra Division
Estevan – 73 points (34-19-5)
Weyburn – 64 points (29-23-6)
Melville – 50 points (23-31-4)
Yorkton – 31 points (13-40-5)

LEADING SCORERS
Layne Young (Battlefords) – 35G 72A 107P
Logan Schatz (Humboldt) – 22G 63A 85P
Zach Goberis (Estevan) – 34G 44A 78P
MacGregor Sinclair (Battlefords) – 33G 41A 74P
Josh McDougall (Nipawin) – 17G 57A 74P

LEADING GOALTENDERS
Jake Anthony (Nipawin) – 20-3-3, 1.94 GAA, .929 SV%, 1 SO
Declan Hobbs (Nipawin) – 22-4-3, 2.20 GAA, .919 SV%, 3 SO
Taryn Kotchorek (Battlefords) – 19-8-2, 2.30 GAA, .919 SV%, 5 SO
Parker Tobin (Humboldt) – 14-6-1. 2.40 GAA, .918 SV%, 2 SO
Bo Didur (Estevan) – 12-5-2, 2.46 GAA, .920 SV%, 1 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)

For more information:

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

 

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

 

Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)
ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca

 

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