By Scott Taylor/Photo by James Carey Lauder
He might not have been able to coax his Steinbach Pistons into the Manitoba Junior Hockey League final, but Bradley Schoonbaert has been named the MJHL Player of the Month.
The second leading scorer in this year’s playoffs, the 19-year-old Schoonbaert has been outstanding in the post-season. He has six goals and 15 points in 14 games. He’s had four, multiple-point games, in addition being named a first star in three playoff games.
Schoonbaert, who hails from Winnipeg, has also played with discipline, reflected in only six penalty minutes during the post-season.
The runners up were 20-year-old forward Josh Martin of the Portage Terriers and 19-year-old goaltender Brett Epp of the OCN Blizzard.
MJHL Defenseman of the Month
There are many hockey experts who believe the March Defenseman of the Month, can one day play in the National Hockey League.
Once again, OCN Blizzard D-man Brady Keeper – the MJHL’s Best Defenseman and League MVP in 2016-17 – has been named Defenseman of the Month. Keeper, a model of consistency, previously won the award in October and was runner-up in February and November.
Keeper, 20, has been outstanding at both ends of the rink. He scored four goals and 13 points in 11 games and was a major reason why the Blizzard swept the powerful Winkler Flyers in four straight games in the MJHL semifinal.
Keeper, from Cross Lake, is committed to play for University of Maine next season.
The runners up were 19-year-old Skyler Thorsteinson of the Neepawa Natives and 19-year-old Mackenzie Dwyer of the Portage Terriers.
MJHL Goaltender of the Month
For the second consecutive month, the Goaltender of the Month is Brett Epp of the OCN Blizzard.
Epp, who hails from Edmonton, recorded three shutouts in 11 starts, en route to a 9-2-0 record. His save percentage over that span was .947 with a 1.73 GAA.
The runners up were 19-year-old Troy Martyniuk of the Winkler Flyers and 20-year-old Roman Bengert of the Steinbach Pistons.
IBAM-MJHL Rookie of the Month
With 14 points in 12 games last month, forward Ty Barnstable of the Portage Terriers has been named the IBAM Rookie of the Month.
Barnstable, 18, who hails from Regina, has been outstanding in the post-season. He’s been cvhosen as a game star on three separate occasions.
The runners up were 18-year-old forward Will Koop of the Steinbach Pistons and 16-year-old defenseman Layne Toder of the Portage Terriers.
Peak Performer of the Month
The Manitoba Peak Performer of the Month for March is goaltender Brandon Holtby of the Dauphin Kings.
Holtby, 20, is one of the team’s hardest working players and is an outstanding community ambassador for the Kings. When he’s not between the pipes, Brandon is out and about in the Dauphin area doing his part to make the community a better place.
Recently, together with the local RCMP Detachment, Brandon participated in school presentations at MacKenzie Middle School in Dauphin. Along with his teammates, Brandon played an important role in the Dauphin Co-op’s Annual Haunted House, which welcomed more than 1,500 visitors.