THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Monday that Red Lake Miners rookie forward Jordan Baranesky has been named its Play It Again Sports Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 22.
In a pair of Miners road victories over the weekend the 18-year-old Red Lake product produced multi-point performances in each of them to help pace his side offensively.
Friday night at Wisconsin, the scored once and assisted on another in a 4-3 shootout triumph.
Then on Saturday, Baranesky tallied twice, including notching the game-winner in overtime on a breakaway in another 4-3 decision, this time in Thunder Bay over the league-leading North Stars.
Through his first 28 SIJHL contests, he has produced 10 goals, including a pair of winners, and added six assists along the way.
Also earning consideration for player of the week honours were Alex Erwin, (F) Thunder Bay North Stars; Dylan DiTomaso, (D) Dryden GM Ice Dogs; Joel Matthews, (F) Wisconsin Lumberjacks; Tyler Malpass, (F) Fort Frances Lakers and Jack Michels, (F) Thief River Falls Norskies.
SIJHL – Play It Again Sports Players of the Week
Week 1: Alex Bugeja, (G) Fort Frances Lakers
Week 2: Shaye Sommerfeld, (F) Red Lake Miners
Week 3: Noah Loveday, (F) Fort Frances Lakers
Week 4: Cody Bruchkowski, (F) Thunder Bay North Stars
Week 5: Xavier Halterman, (F) Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Week 6: Connor Kalthoff, (D) Thief River Falls Norskies
Week 7: Cade Moreland, (F) Wisconsin Lumberjacks
Week 8: Jacob Brown, (F) Thunder Bay North Stars
Week 9: Bryce Johnson, (F) Thief River Falls Norskies
Week 10: Ryan Howe, (F) Red Lake Miners
Week 11: Cody Bruchkowski, (F) Thunder Bay North Stars
Week 12: Jack Michels, (F) Thief River Falls Norskies
Week 13: Justin Pitari, (F) Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Week 14: Jordan Baranesky, (F) Red Lake Miners
Photo credit: Karina Schafer