Rafuse, Malo, Lemyre get league award nods

A trio of Flin Flon Bombers have been nominated for major SJHL year-end awards.

Tristan Lemyre, Alec Malo and Cole Rafuse have each been named as the Sherwood division nominees for three of the league’s five main awards.  Only one candidate is named from each division for each award.

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Rafuse has been nominated for league MVP, joining Yorkton Terrier Chantz Petruic and Humboldt Bronco Logan Foster. Petruic, the Viterra division nominee, has run roughshod on the league offensively this season, racking up 104 points in 49 games. Despite currently being on a suspension for allegedly leaving the bench to fight another player, Petruic is 19 points clear of the second-place scorer in the SJHL, the Bombers’ own Alec Malo.

Rafuse has 82 points in 52 games, including 36 goals, second only to Petruic’s 55. Foster is currently fifth in league scoring with 69 points in 54 games, leading all players from the Global Ag Risk division.

Malo is the Sherwood division nominee for the league’s Player of the Year award, joining Battlefords’ Quintin Loon-Stewardson and Petruic from the Global Ag Risk and Viterra divisions.

Malo sits second behind Petruic in league scoring and leads the SJHL in assists by a mile with 64, well ahead of Petruic’s 49. Malo’s best work this season has come with a man advantage – Malo has 45 points on the powerplay this season, including 37 assists. Malo has more powerplay assists than any other SJHLer has powerplay points this season, while his powerplay assists total is higher than the all-around assist totals for all but six other players.

Loon-Stewardson is the only player in the SJHL this season to clear both 50 points and 150 penalty minutes, sitting 12th in league scoring with 53 points in 51 games.

Lemyre is the Sherwood division’s candidate for Rookie of the Year, joining Karter McNarland of the Humboldt Broncos and the Global Ag Risk division and Griffin Asham-Moroz, playing for the Estevan Bruins in the Viterra division.

Despite missing a stretch of games with a midseason injury, Lemyre leads the league in rookie scoring by a considerable margin, scoring 57 points in 40 games, including 24 points since the holiday break. Second-place scorer Kyle Ford, playing for La Ronge, has 14 fewer points than Lemyre despite playing 12 more games.

McNarland, a 17-year-old from Saskatoon, has 43 points in 54 games in his maiden junior season. The forward has 14 points since the holiday break. Winnipeg-born Asham-Moroz has 40 points in 48 games.

Elsewhere in the league, nominees for the SJHL’s best goalie and best defenceman were announced. No Bombers were named in either category.

Liam McGarva of the La Ronge Ice Wolves, Notre Dame’s Riley Kohonick and Berk Berkeliev of the Melville Millionaires were named in the best goalie category, while the best defenceman nominees were Melfort’s Alex Rondeau, Matthew Fletcher of the Battlefords North Stars and Estevan’s Devan Harrison.

This year’s award winners will be announced around the same time as the end of the regular season. The Bombers will play their final game March 2.

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