The 21-year-old MMJHL finished the last month of his final regular season on a strong note, collecting the league’s Player of the Month honour. Beauchemin’s contributions in the final month of play helped him finish the 2018-19 season as the scoring champ, one point above Pembina Valley’s Braeden Beernaerts.
Beauchemin’s 42 goals and 39 assists in 44 games are not even a career high, as the 5-foot-11, 170-pound forward put up 85 points in the 2016-17 season, also with the Vics. In 12 games this past month, Beauchemin had 11 goals and 23 points.
19-year-old netminder Jeremy Pickel of the Raiders Jr. Hockey Club took home the MMJHL’s Goaltender of the Month with a 4-1-1 record in six games. Pickel finished the season with the league’s best goals against average (2.44) and the third best save percentage (.915). This past month saw the second year Raider stop 181 of 191 shots, for a .945 save percentage and a 1.66 goals against average.
Fort Garry’s Cole Doherty collected the league’s Best Defenceman award, as he put together a four-goal, 11-point month, featuring just 10 games played. On the season, Doherty led all Twins’ defencemen with nine goals and 31 points, while putting up 78 penalty minutes – 70 of which came at home.
Travis Penner continued his dominant freshman season for the Pembina Valley Twisters, taking home this past month’s Rookie of the Month award. In skating in just his first season of MMJHL play, Penner put up 70 points – good for third in league scoring – and lead all rookies in points, finishing 23 points ahead of second place rookie scorer Conner Grunsten. The little speedster put up six goals and 12 points for the Twisters in 11 games played.
Following a busy opening weekend, the MMJHL playoffs continue on Wednesday, as all eight teams draw back into action for 7:30 PM central starts across the city and southern Manitoba.