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Archive for February 28th, 2011

Bodnarchuk Is Back

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 28, 2011

The Humboldt Broncos were one of the hottest teams down the stretch and one major reason why was goaltender Andrew Bodnarchuk. In their last 11 games, they were 9-2 and probably should have been 10-1 except for the 3rd period collapse against Melville where they allowed 4 goals in 3 minutes in the 3rd period to lose 5-4. In Bodnarchuk’s last 7 games, he is a perfect 7-0 with a GAA of 1.55 and a save percentage better than .950. In fact, he hasn’t given up more than 2 goals in a game over that span. Last year’s MVP has certainly heated up at the right time and if he shows the same magic we’ve seen from him the previous couple of years, this young Broncos team could be a force to be reckoned with. The 4th year Bronco, who is the only 1990 born player on the squad, was also named Goaltender of the Month for February where he collected 6 of the wins on his current streak. From what I was told today, Mustangs goalie Charles Corsi is just starting to resume workouts again and hasn’t played a real game in quite some time. Melfort was said to have a big goaltending edge in the upcoming series but that adavantage may have been narrowed considerably. If Corsi is rusty, Melfort does have the luxury of having argueably the best back-up in the league with Jesse Ehnisz who has been unbelievable this season. This playoff series may be determined by Bodnarchuk’s play. Humboldt needs him to be at his best to get by the more experienced Mustangs. Could this turn out to be a goaltenders duel? Friday night will be the first chapter of this saga.


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Hawks Hand Out Awards

Posted by Darryl Skender on February 28, 2011

The Nipawin Hawks held their year-end banquet on Friday night at the Evergreen Centre. Hawks Director John Shenher was the emcee while president Dennis Botterill, head coach Doug Johnson and city councillor Tim Verklan all made speeches. One of the hi-lites of the night was when Gino De Paoli spilled his glass of rum all over the crotch of his pants. It was a perfect shot as there was no spillage on the table or on the floor just in the private area. Doug and I busted a gut laughing. In all seriousness, the food was terrific, the company was great and the auction went well.

Here is a list of the award winners:

Most Popular Player: Scott Bollefer
Top Scorer: Eli Lichtenwald
Most Under-Rated Player: Brady Zerr
Rookie of the Year: Eli Lichtenwald
Most Gentlemanly Player: Adam Reichert
Best Offensive Defenceman: Jeff Datoff
Most Dedicated Player: Stephen Klein
Most Improved Player: Brady Zerr
Most Valuable Player: Tanner Dusyk
Best Defensive Player: Brody Hoffman
Most Inspirational Player: Brody Hoffman
Hardest Worker: Dan Szerlip
Community Service Award: Scott Bollefer
1st Star Overall: Eli Lichtenwald
2nd Star Overall: Jamie Johnson, Darius Cole (tie)
Most Valuable Player in Playoffs: (None)

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