It was an unpredictable week in the AJHL.
We had teams like the Olds Grizzlys come out on top against the two best teams in the league: the Drumheller Dragons and the Okotoks Oilers. Along with that, we saw the Drayton Valley Thunder put together a win streak, their first of the season.
Additionally, a big trade was made between the Whitecourt Wolverines, Drayton Valley Thunder, and Olds Grizzlys which shook the AJHL world: Whitecourt reacquired Estian Coetzee who was a member of their championship team last season, Olds then acquired Josh Borynec from the Thunder, and finally Drayton Valley received 1999-born forward Marc-Antoine Benoit. A great trade for all teams involved.
What will happen in the next week? It’s really anybody’s guess, but these are the six players that stood out the most last week.
G – Griffin Bowerman (Camrose Kodiaks)
Bowerman has been quality in his last two starts for the Kodiaks, his performance against the Brooks Bandits was a major factor in what ended an 11-game losing skid for Camrose. That game Bowerman was named the Star of the Game after only allowing two goals and making 35 stops against one of the top offense in the AJHL. The following night, the 17-year-old rookie had another 30 plus save performance against another top team in the South: the Drumheller Dragons.
D – Carter Wolski (Brooks Bandits)
Carter Wolski put on a dominant performance for his team last night against the Calgary Canucks in a game in which the Bandits were looking to bounce back to winning ways following a disappointing shutout loss to the other Calgarian team: the Mustangs. The third-year defenceman led the charge with 1 goal and 3 assists, including an assist on Nic Hamre’s game-winning goal. This performance also marked a career night in Wolski’s young career.
Also, a quick shoutout to the Bandits defense who’ve played shorthanded for the past few games due to so many injuries.
D – Jacob Bernard-Docker (Okotoks Oilers)
A big three-point game on Sunday over the Brooks Bandits was enough for Bernard-Docker to make this week’s team. The 2000-born defenceman was dangerous on both sets of special teams, chipping in with a goal on the powerplay and on the penalty kill plus an assist on the game-winning goal from Carson Beers. On top of all that, Bernard-Docker earned himself the Star of the Game against the Bandits, a well-deserved accomplishment.
F – PJ Marrocco (Bonnyville Pontiacs)
PJ Marrocco has been the most dominant player in the AJHL as of late. The third-year league veteran currently sits alone at the top of the scoring race with 38 points (20G, 18A) in just 22 games. Over this past week, the Pontiacs forward produced six points (4G, 2A) which included one hat-trick against the Grande Prairie Storm, a three-point night against the Lloydminster Bobcats, and he was named the Star of the Game once.
Marrocco will be looking to continue his hot streak this week against the Drayton Valley Thunder – who’ve been playing significantly better as of late – and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons – the North Division leaders.
F – Jared Power (Olds Grizzlys)
It’s not been easy for the Grizzlys lately, however, over the past week the results have started to go their way; Jared Power has been a big factor as to why. His biggest performance came against the Dragons on Friday night. Power kept his team in the game on two separate occasions after scoring on the powerplay twice to tie up the game. His performance that night earned him the Star of the Game. The following night, the Grizzlys forward gave his team a two-game win streak after scoring the shootout winner against the Okotoks Oilers.
F – Brock Bremer (Camrose Kodiaks)
Bremer has tailed up four points (2G,2A) in his previous two games against two South Division powerhouses in the Brooks Bandits and Drumheller Dragons. The Forest Lake native is currently second on the Kodiaks in scoring – 23 points in 20 games – and his weekend performances couldn’t have come at a better time for the team. He had a two-point night against both teams and secured his team’s victory over the Bandits with a game-winning goal late in the second period.