With the community of Estevan buzzing before the 2019 SJHL playoffs begin, the Power Dodge Estevan Bruins took advantage of the excitement on Saturday, March 9th by holding their inaugural 'Skills Competition & Community Skate' at Affinity Place.
The Bruins would be split up into two teams, with Team White winning 49-41 over Team Black.
The players would compete in five categories: Fastest Skater (3 per team), Hardest Shot (3 per team), Accuracy Shooting (3 per team), Team Puck Control Relay (6 per team), and Shootout (5 per team + goalie).
Rob Mahon, the play-by-play voice of the Bruins, kept the fans engaged as the MC for the event. The skills competition lasted approximately 75 minutes with many laughs, smiles and cheers throughout the competition.
Following the skills competition, the Bruins joined their fans for an hour-long 'Community Skate'. Then from 5pm-7pm, the team hosted a 'Pasta Buffet' supper at the Beefeater Plaza with over 50 fans on hand to enjoy a meal with the Bruins and receive an autographed team photo.
A 'Fathead Auction' was also held throughout the day where fans could bid on the giant faces of the players to take home. 15 Fatheads were bid on and raised a total of $1,240 for the Bruins.
Full results of the Skills Competition are below.
The Bruins now shift their focus to their first round Best-of-7 playoff series against the Humboldt Broncos, beginning March 15th and 16th at Affinity Place in Estevan.
1st - Cody Davis (13.86 sec), 5th - Johnny Witzke (14.78 sec), 6th - Ryder Pierson (14.85 sec)
2nd - Jayden Davis (13.99 sec), 3rd - Eddie Gallagher (14.49 sec), 4th - Isaiah Thomas (14.68 sec)
3rd - Austin King-Cunningham (88 & 85 mph), 4th - Devan Harrison (88 & 84 mph), 6th - Kade McMillen (84 & 78 mph)
1st - Jake Heerspink (89 & 91 mph), 2nd - TJ Irey (90 & 84 mph), 5th - Aigne McGeady-Bruce (86 & 81 mph)
1st - Johnny Witzke (22.80 sec), 2nd - Michael McChesney (23.12 sec), 6th - Tanner Manz (49.97 sec)
3rd - Jake Heerspink (25.30 sec), 4th - Turner Ripplinger (27.10 sec), 5th - Bryce Platt (38.80 sec)
PUCK CONTROL RELAY
TEAM BLACK (Time: 2:57:79, 0 penalties)
Johnny Witzke, Devan Harrison, Cody Davis, Will Koop, Michael McChesney, Tristyn Deroose)
TEAM WHITE (Time: 236.36, 0 penalties)
Bronson Adams, Aigne McGeady-Bruce, Jake Heerspink, Jayden Davis, Kolton Leslie, Turner Ripplinger)
TEAM BLACK (2 goals, 9 saves for Grant Boldt)
Kade McMillen (0/2), Tanner Manz (0/2), Will Koop (0/2), Ryder Pierson (0/2), Michael McChesney (2/2)
TEAM WHITE (1 goal, 8 saves for Kadin Kilpatrick)
Eddie Gallagher (0/2), Turner Ripplinger (0/2), Tyson Manz (0/2), Bryce Platt (1/2), Isaiah Thomas (0/2)