Jeremey Leipsic (Portage), Roman Bengert (Steinbach) and Brady Keeper (OCN) have all achieved significant milestones in the Canadian Junior Hockey League.
The CJHL released its year-end stats from its membership of 132 teams across Canada.
Leipsic, 19, was only one of five players to reach or surpass 100 points during the regular season. The highly talented forward scored 33 goals enroute to a 100-point season, earning him the Mike Ridley Trophy which is awarded to the MJHL’s leading point getter. Joel Caron of the Montagnards de Saint-Agathe topped all CJHL scorers with 134 points (57-77) in just 47 games, according to recently released stats from the CJHL.
Meanwhile, Bengert topped all CJHL goaltenders with a total of 38 regular-season wins. The 20-year-old from Cole Harbour, N.S. has committed to Lake Superior State. He was recently named the MJHL’s top goaltender and first-team all-star. Connor Hughes of Carleton Place Canadians was two wins back of Bengert.
Keeper, 20, finished in the top four for goals by a defenceman with a total of 20.
Keeper, who hails from Cross Lake, was recently named the MJHL’s MVP, in addition to being awarded the league’s Top Defenceman Award. The 6-foot-2 blueliner has committed to University of Maine for next season.
Meanwhile in playoff action: Leipsic and his Terrier teammates are deadlocked 1-1 with Steinbach Pistons in their best-of-seven semi-final series. OCN Blizzard are up 2-0 over Winkler Flyers in the other semi-final.