SJHL/MJHL Showcase Day 2 Recap

By Nathan Kanter
January 17, 2018 - 12:00pm

The inaugural Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and Manitoba Junior Hockey League combined showcase wrapped up on Tuesday with a second slate of games at the Co-operators Centre in Regina.

On the final day, the SJHL won two of three contests, bringing their total record against the MJHL to 5-1.

The first game of the day saw the youngest squads play a rematch from Monday, and this time the MJHL's Team Garbutt got revenge with a 5-2 win, which proved to be the only win for the Manitoba league at the showcase.

Team Garbutt goaltender Matthew Thiessen, who plays for the Steinbach Pistons, had a whale of a game with 28 saves on 30 shots. The 18-year-old committed to the University of Maine in November and will take part in the Canadian Junior Hockey League top prospects game Jan. 23 in Mississauga, Ont. He is eligible for this June's NHL entry draft.

Offensively, the MJHL was led by Selkirk Steelers forward Carter Barley, who recorded a goal and two assists. Joey Moffat was named MJHL player of the game with a goal and an assist.

Battlefords North Stars forward Matthias Urbanski recorded his third assist in two games in a losing effort for Team Schwartz, and was on the ice for both SJHL goals. His linemates, Yorkton's Cody Bruchkowski (who won SJHL player of the game) and Notre Dame's Curtis Wiebe, each had a goal and an assist.

In the 2 p.m. game, the SJHL's Team Mitchell blew a 3-0 lead, but got a 4-3 overtime victory over Team Belfour thanks to Melfort teammates Kalem Zary and Reed Gunville, who connected on the game-winning-goal.


Estevan teammates Michael McChesney and Jake Heerspink each had a goal for Team Mitchell, as did Nipawin forward Brett Harasymuk. Flin Flon goaltender Brenden Newton took player of the game honours after playing the entire game and making 20 saves.

Nolan McGuire was named MJHL player of the game, who tied the contest with under a minute left in regulation.

No North Stars took part in that game, because Dakota Huebner was not healthy enough to take part in the showcase after suffering a lower-body injury last week.

In the final game of the showacse, four North Stars once again suited up for Team Kunitz, who beat Team Zajac 5-2.

North Stars defenceman Cody Spagrud netted the last goal of the contest, while Layne Young recorded an assist.

Goals from Keillan Olson (Kindersley), Logan Schatz (Humboldt), Colby Brandt (Notre Dame), and Justin Ball (Melfort) got Team Kunitz out to a 4-0 lead after just 20 minutes, and from there they cruised to the win.

Schatz was named player of the game for the SJHL.


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