BOLDT EARNS HIS FIRST SJHL WEEKLY AWARD; BRYCE PLATT & ISAIAH THOMAS GET HONOURABLE MENTIONS
The first two wins in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) for Power Dodge Estevan Bruins goaltender Grant Boldt have earned the rookie SJHL weekly honours for October 22nd.
Boldt has been named the SaskTel SJHL Goaltender of the Week after earning two wins in two starts over the weekend. Boldt nabbed his first career win on Friday night in a 5-1 victory over the Melfort Mustangs. Boldt was solid in front of a dominating Bruins defensive effort, stopping (23/24) shots and was named the game’s 3rd star of the night. Boldt also earned an assist on Isaiah Thomas’ empty net goal for his first SJHL point.
The Detroit Lakes, Minnesota product then outperformed himself on Saturday night, making a number of highlight-reel saves during a 4-1 victory over the Nipawin Hawks. Boldt’s shutout bid was snapped with only 7:21 to play in the 3rd period during a 5-on-3 penalty kill, but he still made (33/34) saves and was named the 1st star of the night.
While he never got a shutout in either win, Boldt didn’t allow a goal for a stretch of 99:14 over the two games. After Boldt and the Bruins gave up four goals in 12:08 against the Humboldt Broncos at the SJHL Showcase on September 25th, Boldt has only allowed four goals in 197:36 in four appearances since.
Boldt currently sports a 2-2 record, with a 2.29 G.A.A. and a .922 Sv%.
PLATT; THOMAS EARN RUNNER-UP MENTIONS
Grant Boldt wasn’t the only Bruin to earn a mention for the team’s performance over the past week.
20-year-old forward Bryce Platt was named as the runner-up for the SJHL Player of the Week honour to Matthias Urbanski of the Battlefords North Stars (7 points). Platt had two points (1G, 1A) against Melfort and topped that with three points (1G, 2A) against Nipawin.
And 18-year-old Isaiah Thomas was named as the runner-up for the SJHL Rookie of the Week to Luke Spadafora of the Humboldt Broncos (4 points & OT Winner). Thomas potted two points (1G, 1A) against Melfort and earned an assist on Saturday against Nipawin. Thomas leads the Bruins’ rookies with 10 points (3G, 7A) this season and is tied for 4th spot in points among rookies in the league.
Grant Boldt Backstopped The Bruins To A Big Saturday Night Win Against The Nipawin Hawks At Affinity Place.