Week 2 of Scotiabank DJHL play-off action saw our Atom A finalists decided, the Blades advance to the league championship in Bantam B, and the BNS Jackals qualify for the Peewee A final. Elsewhere, semi-final and preliminary round play intensified. In Week #2 some players truly rose to the occasion. Here are the Sportscraft Stars of Week #2:
First Star goes to Jacob McGrath, forward with the BNS Crushers. Jacobâ€™s team fell to the BNS Generals twice in best of five semi-final Bantam A play this past week, but his constant driving to the net and strong wrist shot paid dividend for the first year Bantam. Jacob scored all four of the Crushers goals in both games, including a hat trick in the second match.
Second Star is awarded to Hudson Oâ€™Keefe, first-year forward with the Paradise Atom A Warriors. Hudson was a force at both ends of the ice in semi-final action against a strong Mount Pearl Blades team. He opened the scoring in game one with a highlight reel goal that was only topped when he scored another highlight reel goal in game two, while shorthanded no less, that energized his Warriors teammates. The 2-way player also killed penalties and back-checked relentlessly, making him an invaluable asset to the Warriors.
Third Star goes to Katie Winsor, goalie with the BNS Hawks and Paradise Peewee B Warriors. On one-hour notice, Katie filled in for the Hawks in their Monday night semi-final and made sure the scorekeeper could keep his hands in his pockets, delivering a shut-out performance in a goalie duel against Ben Fleming and the Cobras to even the series. The next night, Katie earned Player of the Game honors for her Paradise Warriors team, keeping the game close in a 3-1 loss.
Honorable mention goes to Nathan Nolan, defenseman with the BNS Thrashers Bantam A squad. Nathanâ€™s play in all three zones stood out for the Thrashers in their tight semi-final series split against the BNS Guardians. Nathanâ€™s work effort is matched by how respectful he is both on and off the ice, things the Thrashers coaching staff truly appreciate. Stats are only one measure of a Star performance and this versatile D-Man is a prime example.
Honorable mention also goes to Jack Carter of the Paradise Warriors Atom B, who proved why he wears the A on his jersey. Jack scored two goals in a do or die game two against the Renegades on the way to a 4-1 victory. Besides his snipes and an assist in game 1, Jack's strong two-way play stood out, especially on the back-check.
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