Posse, Grizzly and Rockie get KIJHL 3 Star selection
The KIJHL 3 Stars for the shortened week ending Nov. 20 comes from the Princeton Posse, Revelstoke Grizzlies and Columbia Valley Rockies.
Aiden Szautner, Calgary, Alta., earned the first star after helping lead the Posse to a 4-1 win over the Kelowna Chiefs. Szautner’s first goal of the season was also the winner and he added two more goals. The former Creston Valley Thunder Cat was named the game’s first star. In 27 games last season, Szautner had nine goals and 12 points.
Cash Sawchyn, Calgary, Alta., earned the second star as he cashed in for a hat-trick against the Sicamous Eagles in an 8-3 win. He also added a helper to his performance as the Grizzlies are 2-0. The second-year Grizzly is fifth overall in league scoring with four goals and six points in two games. In 36 games last season, Sawchyn had five goals and 16 points.
“Cash shows up every game. As always, he is among the best 200-foot players in the league,” says Grizzlies coach-GM Ryan Parent. “I feel he is enjoying getting on the board as of late, but it has never been his sole focus. It’s nice to see he has found his touch. I’m sure it was an expectation he had of himself.”
Parent describes Sawchyn as a pillar for the Grizzlies, adding that is a determined and focused player and a better person than player in their dressing room.
“We are all excited to see what Cash will bring down the stretch,” says Parent.
Dylan Malarchuk, Calgary, Alta., is off to a quick start in his rookie season. Malarchuk had a goal and three points, including the winning goal, in a 7-2 Rockies decision over the Fernie Ghostriders to help improve them to 3-0 on the season. Malarchuk scored the winner 7:52 into the second period. The product of the Calgary Flames U18 AAA team, has three goals and six points in three games.
“Dylan played a strong game for us and was rewarded for his playmaking, and shooting mentality,” says Rockies coach Briar McNaney. “Dylan has shown good offensive instincts, and has started to find some strong chemistry with his D partner Greg Parker, and our forward units.”