Christmas arrived a bit early for Shaquille Merasty of the Portage Terriers, who has been named the MJHL RBC Player of the Month, Commissioner Kim Davis announced today.
Merasty, 20, put on an impressive offensive display in November, firing home 15 goals and recording 21 points in 13 games for the defending MJHL champion Terriers. Standing 6-foot-3, the native of Minnedosa has established himself as one of the most effective power forwards in the MJHL.
The runners up are 18 year old forward Parker Thomas of the Selkirk Steelers and 19 year old forward Jesse Sinatynski of the Dauphin Kings.
Sherwood Hockey Defenseman of the Month
Winkler Flyers have long been known for their outstanding defensive play. And this year the club has an outstanding defenceman with Steve Sorenson. The 20-year-old from Carver, Minnesota, has established himself as one of the best blueliners in the MJHL.
Listing the Minnesota Wild as his favourite NHL team, Sorenson enjoyed an outstanding November with 12 points (3-9) in 11 games played.
The runners up are 20 year old Dylan Heide of the Selkirk Steelers and 17 year old Tanner Jago of the Winkler Flyers.
MGEU Goaltender of the Month
One of the reasons Dauphin Kings sit atop the Sher-Wood Division is the solid play of netminder, Dawson Guhle.
The 19-year-old Guhle went a perfect 8-0 last month, recording one shutout and a sparkling GAA of 2.25.
The runners up are 20 year old Matt Krahn of the OCN Blizzard and 19 year old Cory Simons of the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
Husky Energy Rookie of the Month
Coming out of the Winnipeg minor hockey system, there were high expectations placed on Kurt Keats. He hasn’t disappointed. The 16-year-old Winnipegger earned rookie of the month honours after recording 14 points (2-12) in 14 games last month.
The runners up are 17 year old defenseman Tanner Jago of the Winkler Flyers and 17 year old goaltender Teagan Sacher of the Winnipeg Saints.
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