SELKIRK STEELERS GAME NOTES
STREAKING: Forward BRETT DUDAR has points in 10 of his last 12 games (7g & 13a), including a hat-trick and a five-point night Dec. 19 in a win over NEEPAWA. The 19-year-old recently had a nine-game point scoring streak snapped at home against VIRDEN. The streak was the longest by a Steelers’ player this season…Winger PARKER THOMAS also has points in nine of his last 12 games (9g & 13a) including three, four-point nights over that span. He also leads the team in assists (35) and points (58) in 38 games. Moreover, Thomas leads the league in points this season, averaging 1.5 points per game – the highest scoring average in the league this year. Recently, Thomas was selected the MJHL’s Player of the Month for DECEMBER. The Winnipeg product led all league scorers with six goals and 20 points (10 games) in the month.…Oakbank’s HUDSON FRIESEN has points in five of his last eight games (3g & 8a)…Veteran MATT GLOWA, JUSTIN DERLAGO and Thomas have all scored goals in five straight games…Centre RILEY DERLAGO leads the club in rookie scoring this season (9g & 12a) in 35 games…Sophomore JOEL MESSNER leads the team in scoring by a defenceman with four goals and 21 points in 41 games.
INTERESTING: Entering tonight’s game, the Steelers have lost four straight and are winless in the month of January, including a 7-1 loss Saturday night to WINNIPEG. The skid surprisingly comes after the team posted an incredible month of December where they won eight of 10 games. The Steelers have also lost two straight at home and have slipped to third spot in the ADDISON Division after holding down sole possession of first at the end of last month…The Steelers season-high win streak overall this year is six. The club’s season-high win streak at home is also six. The longest losing skid is four, which they’ve now experienced three times this season…Selkirk has five empty goals this winter…The Steelers have been assessed 16 fighting majors through 41 games, including a season-high three Dec. 9 in STEINBACH…The seven goals the Steelers scored on Dec. 21 in the first period against the Pistons was the largest offensive output in any period for the team this year….There are four (4) junior hockey rookies on the team: Carey Morrison, Dallas Starodub, Soren Frederiksen and Riley Derlago…The Steelers have three shorthanded goals this season and have allowed five shorthanded goals against…The Steelers are 10-6 against the SHER-WOOD Division. Last year, they were 18-4 overall against Sher-Wood opponents…The Steelers recorded their first shutout win of the season Dec. 19 (8-0) against NEEPAWA. Selkirk has yet to be shutout this season…Captain BRENDAN MITCHELL and Messner have played in all 41 games this season…The Steelers have scored 22 more goals this season than they have allowed….After 41 games last year the Steelers were 24-16-1.
GOALTENDING: TRENT MICHALICK, 19, has appeared in 23 of the club’s 41 games. He is 12-9 with the 10th-best GAA in the league (3.03). He also sports the 9th best SV % at .910 and has posted 10 wins in his last 15 starts. He also recorded the club’s only shutout this season on Dec. 19 in Neepawa…Brandon product RILEY FESER was acquired by the Steelers from Wayway on Dec. 1. He is 10-9 with a 3.52 GAA. The 20-year-old is 5-3 with the Steelers.
VS. WINNIPEG: The Steelers host the BLUES for the third time this season. In the previous two meetings in Selkirk, the Steelers are 0-2 and have been outscored 11-6. Overall, tonight’s game is the sixth between the two rivals with the Blues leading the season series, 1-3-1. Selkirk’s only victory against Winnipeg this season came on Nov. 8 when they recorded a 7-3 win at the MTS Iceplex. After tonight, the two clubs will meet again three more times – all in February.
EXTRA SPECIAL: Selkirk’s PP is 24.29% (2nd overall). However, the team has not produced a power play goal in its last five games (0-for-20). The team’s power play on the road is a league-best at 27.84%…The club’s penalty kill is 11th in the league at 74.74%.
UP NEXT: After tonight’s game, the Steelers travel north for the second and final time this season. They’ll play three straight nights starting on Friday against WAYWAY (7:30 p.m.). The trip continues Saturday in OCN (7 p.m.) and concludes in SWAN VALLEY on Sunday (6 p.m). Selkirk is back at home on Jan. 25 against STEINBACH (7:30 p.m.)
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