FIRST WEEKLY AWARD FOR KILPATRICK; MCCHESNEY, WITZKE NAMED RUNNER-UP
After two big wins at home over the Weyburn Red Wings on the opening weekend of February, individual honours from the league are coming to the Power Dodge Estevan Bruins’ netminder for both victories.
Kadin Kilpatrick has been named as the SJHL ‘Goalie of the Week’ for his back-to-back performances on February 1st and 2nd. Kilpatrick earned his first career SJHL shutout on Friday night, making 16 saves and adding an assist in a 7-0 win on the road in Weyburn. Kilpatrick followed that up the next night making 12 saves in a 7-2 drubbing over the Red Wings. While the Bruins defensive play as a team was on shutdown-mode for the weekend, Kilpatrick was amazing when called upon making big saves at key moments in both victories.
Kilpatrick now improves his personal record to an impressive 6-2 on the season, after only starting sporadically before Christmas. The 18-year-old netminder now sports a solid 2.96 GAA and .875 Sv% on the season.
It’s the third SJHL ‘Goalie of the Week’ award for the Bruins this season, with starting goaltender Grant Boldt having already earned the honour twice this season. In fact, the Estevan goaltender have won the last two SJHL Goalie of the Week awards. The Bruins dynamic rookie-duo in goal has helped lead the team to seven straight wins and vaulted the team into the Viterra Division lead with one month remaining in the regular season.
McChesney, Witzke Earn Runner-Up Nods From The League
While Kilpatrick took home his award, two other standouts from the Bruins big weekend were just edged out of earning weekly honours.
Michael McChesney tallied six points (4G, 2A) on the weekend en route to be named the runner-up for SJHL Player of the Week, with Notre Dame’s Marshall Wilton (4G, 4A in 3 games) getting the honours. The Bruins 20-year-old forward is heating up at the right time, leading the team with 12 points (8G, 4A) during the team’s 7-game winning streak.
On the back end, Johnny Witzke led the way with five points (1G, 4A) in the Bruins two wins as he was named runner-up for SJHL Defenceman of the Week, with Kindersley’s Blake Kleiner (2G, 3A in 4 games). Witzke and the rest of the Bruins defence have been stepping up big time during the winning streak, not only providing offence but shutting down top scorers from the opposition on a nightly basis.
The Bruins will look to carry their momentum into a big week in the division, as they play in Yorkton against the Terriers on Tuesday night before a weekend home-and-home against the Melville Millionaires.
Bruins Goaltender Kadin Kilpatrick Stopped A Combined 28 of 30 Weyburn Shots And Earned His First Career Shutout Over The Weekend. (Photo: Durr Photography)