SIJHL MEDIA UPDATE
Release Date: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
Lakers’ Dushenko, GM Ice Dogs’ Laferriere named Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions co-players of the week
THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday that goaltenders Pierce Dushenko of the Fort Frances Lakers and Paul Leferriere of the Dryden GM Ice Dogs have been named the Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions Corp. co-players of the week for the period ending Dec. 13.
Each netminder went 2-0 is as many starts for their respective clubs helping them maintain the top two spots in the SIJHL standings.
Dushenko began by turning aside all 32 shots he faced to post his league-leading fourth shutout of the season on Dec. 11 at Dryden picking up a 5-0 win.
Three nights later the 20-year-old Coquitlam, B.C. product kicked out 43 of the 45 pucks fired his way in a 5-2 home ice victory over Minnesota.
Dushenko also tops all SIJHL goalkeepers in average and save percentage at 2.32 and .925 respectively while having gone an impressive 17-1-0-1 so far this season.
As for Laferriere he started his week by stopping 18 of 19 attempts in a 6-1 road decision vs. English River.
The 19-year-old native of Wainright, Alta., then handled all 38 shots put on net to register his first SIJHL shutout Saturday at home against the Miners.
Laferriere had a stingy 0.50 average for the week along with a solid .982 save percentage and has now won each of his past five starts.
He sits second in average in the league at 2.52 and third with a .905 save mark.
Also earning consideration for Amyotte’s player of the week honours was Bryce Martyn, (D) Thunder Bay North Stars; McKenzie Gray, (F) Minnesota Iron Rangers and Trevor Pereverzoff, (D) English River Miners.
SIJHL Amyotte’s Awards & Promotions Corp. player of the week recipients
Week 1: Derek McPhail, (F) Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Week 2: Dylan Kooner, (F) Fort Frances Lakers
Week 3: Alex Maticic, (F) English River Miners
Week 4: Bradley Thrower, (F) Thunder Bay North Stars/Dylan Robertson, (F) Fort Frances Lakers
Week 5: Kris Hamlin, (F) Thunder Bay North Stars
Week 6: Pierce Dushenko, (G) Fort Frances Lakers
Week 7: Robbie Bonthron, (D) Fort Frances Lakers
Week 8: Taylor Unruh, (G) Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Week 9: Landen Matechuk, (F) English River Miners
Week 10: Kyle Pouncy, D, Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Week 11: Riley Corbin, (G) Thunder Bay North Stars
Week 12: Nick Minerva, (D) Fort Frances Lakers
Week 13: Pierce Dushenko, (G) Fort Frances Lakers/Paul Leferriere, (G) Dryden GM Ice Dogs