The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has alumni playing in Junior A leagues throughout Canada. In this report, we profile how some of them are performing.
F – Levi Carter (Osoyoos Coyotes) Merritt Centennials (1-17-1-0): Carter scored his first career BCHL goal on Dec. 3 against Wenatchee and added his second on Dec. 11, again against Wenatchee. Carter is third on the Centennials in points with 10 in 19 games.
G- McCoy Bidewell (Fernie Ghostriders) Cowichan Valley Capitals (6-17-0-1): Bidwell has won two of his last three games after signing with Cowichan permanently, the team announced on Nov. 26. On their website, the Capitals announced they signed Bidwell following two strong showings against Langley and Coquitlam as an affiliate player. Between the two games he stopped 75 of 83 shots after putting up a 1.60 GAA and .959 save percentage with Fernie. Bidwell has a .902 save percentage with the Capitals.
D- Benjamin Keon (100 Mile House Wranglers) Grande Prairie Storm (7-21-6): Keon leads the Storm’s blueline in points with 25 points in 34 games and is fifth overall on the team. Keon has five assists in six games since Oct. 22.
F- Ethan Schaeffer (Revelstoke Grizzlies) Canmore Eagles (11-17-6): Schaeffer is fourth on the Eagles in points with 17 in 34 games. He leads the team with 13 goals, which is two short of his AJHL career high from 2019-20.
F- Beau Larson (Kimberley Dynamiters) Weyburn Red Wings (8-18-3-0):
The SJHL announced its Players of the Week for Dec. 14 and the former Dynamiter was among the players honoured. He is the RBC Forward of the Week. Larson was front and centre with two goals and six points as the Red Wings upset the Flin Flon Bombers in Manitoba. The 20-year-old winger from Val Marie, SK was consistent over Weyburn’s three-game road trip, posting two points in each game, and was a big part of the Wings’ ability to compete in the game in Melfort, and the two at Flin Flon’s Whitney Forum.
Weekly stats: (3GP, 2G-4A-6PTS)
F- Nikolas Sombrowski (Fernie Ghostriders) Red Wings: Sombrowski leads the team in points with 21 in 25 games, including 12 goals. Sombrowski has surpassed his offensive totals from 2019-20, when he had seven goals and 14 points in 45 games with the Red Wings.
D- Nick Dobson (Kimberley Dynamiters) Red Wings: Dobson has 10 points in 13 games, which has him second among Red Wings blueliners in points. Since Nov. 29, Dobson has one goal and six points in five games.
F- Gavin Mattey (Chase Heat) La Ronge Ice Wolves (13-16-1-2 ): Mattey leads the Ice Wolves in points with 28 in 32 games, and leads the team in goals with 18.
F- Brandon Della Paolera (Osoyoos Coyotes) Ice Wolves: Della Paolera is second in points with 28 and 32 games.
F- Kevin Thomas-Walters (North Okanagan Knights) Battlefords Stars (18-8-4-1): Thomas-Walters is fifth on the team in points with 21 in 27 games.
F- Braiden Koran (Kimberley Dynamiters) Humboldt Broncos (25-8-0): Koran is fourth on the Broncos in points with 33 in 33 games.
F- Quinn Mulder (100 Mile House Wranglers) Swan Valley Stampeders (12-14-0-2): Mulder leads the Stampeders in points with 25 in 28 games. Since Nov. 22, Mulder has 10 points in eight games.
F- Cody Barnes (100 Mile House Wranglers) Stampeders: Barnes is fourth in points with 19 in 23 games.
G- Koby Grant (Kelowna Chiefs) Stampeders: On Nov. 29, Grant was named among the Stars of the Week as he earned three wins in four games with a 2.25 GAA, .933 SV% and 1A. In 17 games, Grant has seven wins with a .902 SV%.
F- Elvis Slack (Grand Forks Border Bruins) Renfrew Wolves (16-6-1-1): Slack is third in points with 27 in 24 games. Slack has only been held pointless in five games.