MJHL announces Player of the Month Awards

Sitting second among all playoff scorers, Steinbach Pistons’ Bradley Schoonbaert has been named the RBC Player of the Month for March.

Schoonbaert, 19, has been outstanding in the post-season reflected in 15 points (6-9) in 14 games. He’s had four, multiple-point games, in addition being named a first star in three playoff games.

Aligning to RBC’s #Someday platform, Schoonbaert’s #Someday is “to win the MJHL championship and receive an NCAA division I scholarship.”

Schoonbaert, who hails from Brandon, has also played with discipline, reflected in only six penalty minutes in the playoffs.

The runners up are 20 year old forward Josh Martin of the Portage Terriers and 19 year old goaltender Brett Epp of the OCN Blizzard.

Sher-Wood-MJHL Defenceman of the Month

The Sher-wood Defenceman of the Month is Brady Keeper of the OCN Blizzard. A model of consistency, he was a runner-up for the same award last month.

Keeper, 20, has been outstanding at both ends of the rink, reflected in 13 points (4-9) in 11 games. It’s from efforts such as this which pushed the Blizzard into the MJHL championship final which will begin this month.

Keeper, who hails from Cross Lake, is committed to play for University of Maine next season.

The runners up are 19 year old Skyler Thorsteinson of the Neepawa Natives and 19 year old Mackenzie Dwyer of the Portage Terriers.

MGEU-MJHL Goaltender of the Month

For the second consecutive month, the MGEU Goaltender of the Month is Brett Epp of the OCN Blizzard.

Epp, who hails from Edmonton, recorded three shutouts in 11 starts, enroute to a 9-2 record. His save percentage over that span was .947 with a 1.73 GAA.

The runners up are 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, has been outstanding in the post-season, reflected in being selected a game star on three separate occasions. He hails from Regina.

The runners up are 18 year old forward Will Koop of the Steinbach Pistons and 16 year old defenseman Layne Toder of the Portage Terriers.

Manitoba Pork Peak Performer of the Month

The Manitoba Pork Peak Performer of the Month 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 saw over 1,500 visitors.

Brandon also works part-time at Parkland Source for Sports helping the young stars of tomorrow get fitted for skates and equipment. Congratulations Brandon for earning the Manitoba Pork Peak Performer of the Month award.